Review of Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery
I recently read a fascinating non-fiction book that I highly recommend.
This is my review:
Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands is about the author, Jorge Newbery's challenging life experiences. In the beginning, things were going swell for Jorge, he was ambitious from a very young age and this set up his life as an entrepreneur. He took on difficult and harrowing tasks, one that stood out was the time he spent bike racing. The book details how the author went from a novice to riding with Olympians and winning races. It was as if I, the reader was there riding alongside him, it was just that well explained.
After this, the story takes a fascinating turn and the author tells the reader about his climb in the real estate business. He never missed an opportunity it seemed, he even took on risky deals with people who had mortgages that may never be paid back. He spoke of leaving his first real estate job, to form a small independent company, and then buying his properties. This included Woodland Meadows in Ohio where things took a turn for the worst. An ice storm hit the property and the monetary losses were substantial.
This novel was an inspiring read, and the author did a great job capturing the reader's interest in how they described their life's adventures and hardships. The book is relatable because we all go through tough times just as the author did. I found this book to be very human and thought-provoking. It reminded me of my ambitions and what it is like to have to deal with failures when they arise. I found no grammatical errors while reading this novel, so it was edited well.
It is hard to find anything negative to say about this story. The only thing that comes to mind is that there are parts where it slows down a little too much. This takes away from the fascinating scenes that genuinely captivate the reader.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I found it touching how the author described his relationship with his father, once again showing his humanity, another thing a reader can identify with.
With how inspirational this book is, it is within the vein of self-help. I recommend this book to readers who are interested in non-fiction and novels about authors and their extraordinary lives.