4 out of 4 stars
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Burn Zones, by Jorge P. Newberry, attempts to look at life, and especially the tough times in life, in a new and positive light. Newberry uses his life and actions to help us have a new outlook on burn zones.
Burn zones are certain areas and moments in life when a person is put to the test. It is the hardest and toughest part of life and separates successful people from average people. For instance, when riding a bike, climbing a mountain is a burn zone. Jorge Newberry describes his life and the various burn zones that he has had to power through. As a child, Newberry recalls, he always went out of his way to do the harder thing. This includes being employed as a newspaper delivery boy at a very young age, cycling to the highest athletic level, and learning to become a loan officer later in life. However, as with everything in life, there came one burn zone that was so tough that it almost destroyed him. He was deep in debt and was in an extremely tough financial situation. This was his biggest burn zone and was the one that came close to beating him.
I enjoyed the introductory part of this book. The first few chapters that detailed the author's childhood were interesting to read. It was fascinating to meet a seven-year-old that actively seeks out employment. It made me think back to my childhood and contrast my thought patterns and actions to the author's thought patterns and actions. However, it lost this appeal as it progressed into his adulthood because the narration did not change to accommodate the new expectations that I had of the book.
The writing was nice, simple, and easy to read. Even when the author was narrating technical terms and stories, he managed to simplify it for me (his reader). This was refreshing and made me read the book to the end without getting bored or getting stuck in one page for too long which is usually a recipe for boredom.
Burn Zones is a great novel for audiences seeking motivation or those seeking to learn from other people's actions. It was also very professionally edited as I saw no grammatical errors. I, thus, have to rate it the full 4 out of 4 stars. I enjoyed reading it and was only bored by its redundancy and monotony. It will be enjoyed, as earlier stated, by audiences looking for motivation and avid readers of non-fiction novels and biographies.
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