4 out of 4 stars
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Just like every teenager, young Jorge Newberry only wanted to end up being successful and make his parents proud. In Burn Zones, he shares his spellbinding life story as he encounters the burn zones, or simply the hardships he had to resolve, along with his growing career.
In his book, Newberry begins the journey by enlisting his flaws, which happened to be his strengths at the same time—a good way to look at our potentials and imperfection. Seven-year-old Jorge, often called “Jorgie” by his father—which he never approved, landed his first occupation as a paperboy for the Herald-Examiner. Thereafter, his parents always supported him, more especially his mom, who would always run a hot bath for him after delivering the papers. This first opportunity for him has made him enjoy at least five dollars in his pocket; however, this also came with the first-ever burn zone of his life—the stormy days that could get the newspapers wet. After that, he continued investing himself in profitable works such as peddling ice cream around the neighborhood to establishing a recording career, and even bike racing—and on. Admirably, this book both speaks on Newberry’s talent and endurance, even without a college degree.
Nonetheless, this book was filled with occasional profane words, both borderline and non-borderline—derogatory and swears. Despite that, it helped the story express its characters, more especially Newberry’s thoughts while with other people. These expressions moved the story forward and none of it was an unnecessary description. The only critical grammar issue here is the use of the article “an” for “1100”, which may have been read by the author, or by some readers as well, as “eleven hundred” instead of “one thousand, one hundred”. The book is professionally developed and edited, despite these minimal issues.
However, this book has a lot to offer. One of the best things about this book is its narration. The author has well-elaborated each opportunity and every burn zone that comes along his way. Additionally, he only mentioned highly significant characters—that we may also have encountered at one point in our lives—who have articulated his interpersonal challenges. There was a reporter who continuously finds faults in Jorge’s side and, also, people who mocked him, throwing racial slurs for being biracial.
Burn Zones written by Jorge P. Newbery is a highly substantial non-fiction book. I would most appeal to young entrepreneurs, freelancers, and self-employed individuals; this is a good resource of hope to succeed. In this book, Jorge P. Newberry proves that hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard. Actually, it has no weak elements and if there is, probably it was a depiction of Newberry’s endurance. As narrated in his book, Newberry’s mental and emotional strength is undeniable and how he deals with opportunities and burn zones might be misinterpreted as extreme risk-taking; whereas, it really is, but is respective of his emotional capabilities. With this being
said, it is advisable to take Newberry as an inspiration for readers to trust their process, instead of imitating what the author has already done.
I rate this book four out of four stars. As previously mentioned, the book is professionally developed and edited; and on top of that, the strongest element of this book is its engaging and satisfactory logical structure. The same reason why I didn’t give it three stars is that every chapter of the book, which tackles each of his previous occupations, is coherent and asserts the author’s words of wisdom in analogies and comparisons. Additionally, its tone throughout the book is consistent “him” which spiced the book with authenticity. Finally, the book is greatly relatable and motivational.
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