Dec 2015 BOTM ~ Feat. Review: Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery

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Dec 2015 BOTM ~ Feat. Review: Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery

Post by CataclysmicKnight » 02 Sep 2015, 11:51

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Burn Zones" by Jorge P. Newbery.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands by Jorge P. Newbery is an inspirational autobiography of the incredible highs and crushing lows of Jorge (Jorgie as his father always called him) through an amazing life from newspaper delivery boy to real estate mogul. As for the book's title, a "burn zone" in cycling is essentially a period of extreme challenge, one in which everyone suffers, and where the most fit and skilled will come out on top. In the book, Jorge uses a burn zone as a rough period in life, where it would be easy to just step away or give up, but where it's most important for one to persevere and succeed, and the euphemism is perfect. For the sake of full disclosure, I'm going to admit I waited several days to actually review this, as I absolutely loved this book and couldn't find flaws with it through my fanboy eyes.

Jorge begins as a young child, and before he's even 10, he manages to get a job as a newspaper delivery boy. His drive for money (the high scoreboard of life) and love of a challenge leads him to deliver newspapers for a competing newspaper as well, and from here he builds upon himself until he is bidding millions of dollars at a time on real estate. The way he details this comes across as incredibly relatable despite his high status, as his search for his next challenge and his ordinary beginning allow anyone to see themselves making it there with the proper enthusiasm and determination.

The book really takes off when Jorge uses money he's earned to produce albums for punk bands. Not one for simply seeking out talent and trying to make money, he really embraces the punk movement, and his family even ends up housing the bands for local concerts from time to time. One particular situation involves what was essentially a police-instigated riot by the LAPD in full riot gear after one of the concerts, and from here on Jorge's spirit seems to change into one that backs the underdog and challenges authority. Especially when it comes to any sort of wealthy person, one never expects punk roots, and it was an awesome surprise!

As for the book itself, Jorge seamlessly transitions from one burn zone in his life to the next, all the while making the reader cheer for him and the amazing things he does. The book not only details Jorge's burn zones, it inspires us to blow through and annihilate our own in a way that doesn't come across egotistical or self-serving, despite being an autobiography. There are times he fails and is really pushed down, and he doesn't try to soften these blows or whine about them, he takes the time to share them and the lessons learned from them.

Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands at first seemed like a neat book, and I was curious, but as I dove in, it became obvious this is an amazing book, one that absolutely took me by surprise. The book easily deserves 4 out of 4 stars. Anyone who could use some inspiration in their life, or is a fan of the Disney-type inspirational sports movie, this is the book for you. The only flaw, after days of thinking, that I could come up with is that the real estate sections can get dry at times, and go way over my head as Jorge details methods of reinvestment and mortgaging, but as a whole the book is amazing, and I wish everyone could learn from his passion and determination.

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Post by bookowlie » 03 Sep 2015, 20:26

Nice review! The book seems fascinating and honest - rags to riches to possibly rags again or close to it. I enjoy memoirs and this one looks like a winner. :)
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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 05 Sep 2015, 08:54

This does sound inspirational. I'm not a big sports fan but I am a sucker for those Disney-type sport movies :) Thanks for the great review!

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Post by Levi » 08 Sep 2015, 00:02

@CataclysmicKnight this review was amazing!! I love inspirational stories of overcoming, and I also love an underdog story with rough punk-style roots. I'll stop talking now, so I can add this to my list.
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Post by Tanaya » 23 Sep 2015, 13:50

I really enjoyed reading your review. You're very convincing! I think it's fantastic that it was so hard for you to come up with something to criticize about the book. So congrats to the author on a job well done.

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Post by CataclysmicKnight » 28 Sep 2015, 14:06

Thanks very much everyone! I couldn't agree more, reviewing something that's so enjoyable it's hard to find fault with is absolutely one of the best possible problems to have!
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 29 Sep 2015, 02:34

Burn Zones sounds like a truly inspirational book. An outstanding review from you, CataclysmicKnight. Well done and congrats to the author!
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Post by chytach18- » 29 Sep 2015, 10:20

I like reading autobiographies that are honest; this one seems to be just like that. Nice review, CataclysmicKnight (nice pen name, by the way :) ). It`s clear you liked the book; congratulations to the author.

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Post by Toes » 01 Oct 2015, 10:57

As an investor in a LOT of Geo's American Homeowner's Preservation Hedge Funds from the beginning...I can testify to Geo's honesty...Have we encountered some cheaters and bad deals along the way...sigh...BIG yes...I've read his book twice and this review prompts me to read again...btw...in my creeping alzheimer's I forget if Verria is in the book...but they got married...
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Post by amybo82 » 01 Oct 2015, 13:43

Great review! I don't know if this book would be for me, but I could see how it would be appealing!
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Post by Acwoolet » 06 Oct 2015, 21:09

Great review! I'm not really one for sports books or biographies, but your review is really well written and makes the book sound interesting enough to read.

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Post by FoxyReader1988 » 07 Oct 2015, 02:07

CataclysmicKnight wrote:[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Burn Zones" by Jorge P. Newbery.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands by Jorge P. Newbery is an inspirational autobiography of the incredible highs and crushing lows of Jorge (Jorgie as his father always called him) through an amazing life from newspaper delivery boy to real estate mogul. As for the book's title, a "burn zone" in cycling is essentially a period of extreme challenge, one in which everyone suffers, and where the most fit and skilled will come out on top. In the book, Jorge uses a burn zone as a rough period in life, where it would be easy to just step away or give up, but where it's most important for one to persevere and succeed, and the euphemism is perfect. For the sake of full disclosure, I'm going to admit I waited several days to actually review this, as I absolutely loved this book and couldn't find flaws with it through my fanboy eyes.

Jorge begins as a young child, and before he's even 10, he manages to get a job as a newspaper delivery boy. His drive for money (the high scoreboard of life) and love of a challenge leads him to deliver newspapers for a competing newspaper as well, and from here he builds upon himself until he is bidding millions of dollars at a time on real estate. The way he details this comes across as incredibly relatable despite his high status, as his search for his next challenge and his ordinary beginning allow anyone to see themselves making it there with the proper enthusiasm and determination.

The book really takes off when Jorge uses money he's earned to produce albums for punk bands. Not one for simply seeking out talent and trying to make money, he really embraces the punk movement, and his family even ends up housing the bands for local concerts from time to time. One particular situation involves what was essentially a police-instigated riot by the LAPD in full riot gear after one of the concerts, and from here on Jorge's spirit seems to change into one that backs the underdog and challenges authority. Especially when it comes to any sort of wealthy person, one never expects punk roots, and it was an awesome surprise!

As for the book itself, Jorge seamlessly transitions from one burn zone in his life to the next, all the while making the reader cheer for him and the amazing things he does. The book not only details Jorge's burn zones, it inspires us to blow through and annihilate our own in a way that doesn't come across egotistical or self-serving, despite being an autobiography. There are times he fails and is really pushed down, and he doesn't try to soften these blows or whine about them, he takes the time to share them and the lessons learned from them.

Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands at first seemed like a neat book, and I was curious, but as I dove in, it became obvious this is an amazing book, one that absolutely took me by surprise. The book easily deserves 4 out of 4 stars. Anyone who could use some inspiration in their life, or is a fan of the Disney-type inspirational sports movie, this is the book for you. The only flaw, after days of thinking, that I could come up with is that the real estate sections can get dry at times, and go way over my head as Jorge details methods of reinvestment and mortgaging, but as a whole the book is amazing, and I wish everyone could learn from his passion and determination.

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Awesome review. I personally do not read many books that are sports related. I will defiantly keep this book in mind the next time I need a book to re-inspire my passions in life.

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Post by Divya agarwal » 07 Oct 2015, 22:56

You have done a commendable job and as per the review, same can be said for the author as well. So congrats to both of you.

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Post by bluemel4 » 08 Oct 2015, 06:20

Very entertaining and well written review. Great job!
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Post by brandy29b » 09 Oct 2015, 06:17

Congrats to both the author for getting such a stellar review and to the reviewer for writing an honest and thorough review!

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