4 out of 4 stars
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Burn Zones by Jorge Newbery is a very informative autobiography of the author from as early as Seven years of age. Burn Zone is a term developed from his bike rides and they refer to the challenging points during the bike rides that distinguish the best bikers from the rest. The term is later used during the book as a description of challenges in his life.
The story’s progression is quite fitting, not too fast and not too slow. A bit straight to the point I must add, a rare but important and sought after feature in many books today. The simplicity of the book makes it easy to read and take in the key points from each chapter. The images in the book add to the overall realistic tone of the book.
The atmosphere of the book is so real and natural; it is refreshing to read of such a time when people were not so violent and children were not so endangered. A peaceful and very happy childhood he had I must say, to have ambitious ideas and the people around him being supportive and finally achieving his goals. It was interesting reading about the author being business minded at such a young age.
His work experiences were interesting to read as he was only a child and did many funny and silly things. The author’s identification with the underdog and those looked down on by society makes his story more welcoming and inspiring. The main attributes of the author which I admired while reading the book are his determination and courage. No matter how ambitious the idea or how challenging it was, he went for it, even at a young age, asking his parents or employers for permissions to do certain grownup work, he was not afraid. That alone is a very valuable piece to take in and was a powerful re-occurrence throughout the book.
As the title is Burn Zones, the author Jorge Newbery went through a whole lot of them. He started out with small wins and such big dreams, he taught the sky was the limit. There was no holding back. I personally thought it was going to be a “Walk-in-the-park-life Biography”. I was happy for all his achievements and was impressed at what was accomplished by such a young man and I did not expect the downhill plummets his finances and life’s challenges were taking.
It was very inspiring how he picked himself back up from near bankruptcy and over abundant indebtedness. His approach to life and its challenges are worth learning from. I read the book rooting for the author’s success throughout. Only a good book would do that to you. Towards the end though, I sympathized with him when he went through a major loss. I related with his pains and felt for him.
I recommend this book to all especially those who feel they have lost their sense of purpose or who have forgotten the art of dreaming and feel like all is lost. This book will certainly provide the motivation required to get up from the dark place of self-loathing and depression to purposeful and positive minded living. I strongly suggest that even the first chapter at least be read by little ones to give their imagination more depth than mindless entertainment and other time wasters.
The professionally edited and proofread auto biography receives a 4 out of 4 stars rating from me. There were no errors and the chapters were always straight to the point. The book pulls you in completely, I have not read many autobiographies but I do have a right to say that this is the best I have read.
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