Review by DD129 -- Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery

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Review by DD129 -- Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Burn Zones" by Jorge P. Newbery.]
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From mogul to debtor, Jorge P. Newbery shares all in his book Burn Zones: Playing Life’s Bad Hands. No stone is left unturned as Newbery recounts his life, starting from his roots as a newspaper boy to his enterprises as a real estate tycoon. Even the in-between, which boasts of a professional cycling career and successful record label, is nothing to scoff at. This incredible memoir is punctuated equally by discussions of both his successes and his failures, the worst of which drowned him in debt. Accompanied by snippets of social commentary and injustices, Newbery shows that it takes an iron will to overcome and accomplish.

I liked many things about the book. The various quotes, for one, really added to the book’s message. A sentimental, inspirational memoir, they gave the reader a peek to Newbery’s personality and what they could use in their own journey to success. The photographs also served to enhance the book. While the words did a lot of describing, the pictures allowed me to visualize what was being said and conveyed what the words couldn’t. They were infrequent too; there were enough to have an impact when they appeared, but not so much as to take away from the book and become annoying.

There weren’t many things to dislike about this book. It was well-edited with very few mistakes. These mistakes did not affect the meaningful message it wanted to communicate to aspiring professionals. While the book as a whole felt a little slow, the “mini-scenes” were quite fast-paced and jumped from event to event, keeping the book balanced in terms of pace.

I recommend this book to anyone who is contemplating ideas but unsure about taking the leap. For example, you have a business idea that you hesitate to formally establish because you don’t know if it will be successful. This book will help you through those thoughts! It describes Newbery’s similar feelings as he moved through his various business ventures. However, if you’re looking for instructions on how to make your ideas work, you might want to look elsewhere. This book is not a step-by-step guide to success, but a reflection on that success.

Overall, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. There weren’t many negatives that stood out to me, but there were plenty of positives that I could see. In this heartfelt memoir, Newbery reaches out to you to show that even at your worst moment, you can build yourself up again. Only you can do it; a dash of ingenuity is sometimes all you need. It’s a good lesson to leave the reader with.

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Great review, I also read and reviewed the book, you can check out my review.

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Thank you! I'll check it out!

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Very good review, especially the closing. I enjoyed this book too, so far all the reviews I've seen are four star, and well deserved.
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'In this heartfelt memoir, Newbery reaches out to you to show that even at your worst moment, you can build yourself up again. Only you can do it; a dash of ingenuity is sometimes all you need.'

Excellent!
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Thank you! I wanted to include the author's message and its profundity in my review, especially since it heavily influenced his life. The book definitely deserved the 4-star ratings.

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Great book indeed. Everyone should read it. Thanks for your review, DD129.
Heart! We will forget him!
You an I, tonight!
You may forget the warmth he gave,
I will forget the light.

When you have done, pray tell me
That I my thoughts may dim;
Haste! lest while you're lagging.
I may remember him!

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Thank you for your comment! I'm glad many others think this book is worthy of 4 stars!

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This book is not a step-by-step guide to success, but a reflection on that success.
Very nice way to put it - an inspirational more than a self-help book. I love how you highlighted the different parts of the book that stood out to you. It definitely sounds like this would benefit the target audience.

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Thank you! I really wanted to make it clear that this book would give you the tools to succeed, but it can't help with everything. It is up to you to figure out the specifics of what you want to accomplish.

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This review is wonderfully written!

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Thank you! I put my best into it!

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I don't really do self-help books, but it sounds as if the author did an exceptional job with this one. I loved reading your review! Great job!

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This seems like a great autobiography. I liked your review. I'm new and checking out some reviews for inspiration.

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I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I do admire the author for preserving and making something of his life. I just don't read memoirs like this, though. Thanks.
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