4 out of 4 stars
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Burn Zones: Playing Life’s Bad Hands by Jorge P. Newbury is an extremely powerful book about ambition, drive, successes, and failures.
Organized chronologically, it follows Newbury’s life from the young age of seven to the age of 49 as he goes through a wide variety of careers and entrepreneurial pursuits. From paperboy to real estate mogul, Newbury recounts many of his successes before discussing the damaging loss that changes his life forever. Through the lessons he learned in his successes, Newbury recovers from his downfall and is able to lead a stable life once again.
At first, it may seem like the book is yet another success story about a boy dropping out of school to pursue his dreams, but this book is different because it addresses both Newbury’s successes and failures. Additionally, Newbury connects his family life and relationships to his work which allows the reader to get to know him as a whole person.
The autobiography has an extremely down-to-earth and humble tone throughout which allows the reader to truly connect with Newbury and realize that he, too, is a regular person. The writing style is simple, easy to follow, and descriptive enough that the reader is captivated, but not overwhelmed by the words.
I particularly enjoyed reading about Newbury’s current thoughts about his past. When recounting a major decision in the past, Newbury often writes about what he did well or what he wished he did at that moment. This shows how he has grown as a result of his experiences and also allows the reader to apply his lessons to enhance their own lives.
Although the storytelling is skillful, the last 150 pages or so felt a little more dragged out compared to the pace at the beginning of the book. Despite this minor shortcoming, the book is masterfully written with no major flaws.
Throughout his autobiography, Newbury includes life lessons, advice, and cautions that are relevant to many different professions and types of people. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading entrepreneurial autobiographies, are looking to learn more about themselves, what makes a successful person, or how to enhance their own lives.. Additionally, this book is also intended for more mature audiences, since it does include profanity and a couple instances of racial slurs.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars for its simple writing style, important life lessons, and overall engaging storyline.
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