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All the Way: My Life On Ice Hardcover – Oct 21 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (Oct. 21 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670067628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670067626
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The most compelling, honest and unputdownable hockey read in years." --Maclean's

"Tootoo's book ... hits as hard as he does, with nothing held back." --Winnipeg Sun

"[One] of the year's notable sports books ... [Tootoo's] story comes at the reader like a slapshot, freighted with Tootoo's pain and power." --The Star-Phoenix

About the Author

STEPHEN BRUNT was a columnist at The Globe and Mail and is currently with Sportsnet, co-host on The FAN 590’s Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown and a contributing writer for Sportsnet Magazine and sportsnet.ca. He is the author of the #1 national bestselling Searching for Bobby Orr; Gretzky's Tears; Facing Ali; The Way It Looks from Here;  Second to None: The Roberto Alomar Story; and Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball.

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Format: Kindle Edition
I was really excited to get this book because I am very much into biographies of athletes, musicians, politicians and all sorts of people, with one of my favorite books being Theoren Fleury's - Playing With Fire. Knowing Jordin Tootoo's background and adversity that he must have had to face to make it to the NHL I image he would have a very raw and unique story to tell and so I was very excited when I received the book as a Christmas gift from a friend.

Unfortunately, although it was raw and it was unique, I found through Jordin's perspective of growing up that he came across very conceited and entitled to what he has earned, rather than feeling blessed with unique opportunities. I very much understand that growing up with a very difficult circumstance can lead you to deal with life in brash and defensive ways, but typically a good story will reveal a character that learns lessons along the way that make him/her a better all around person, someone who shows they're able to pass along those lessons to the next generation and someone who understands the value of ethics and morals. I was increasingly let down by his ability to justify himself as a good character when he would beat other kids up, treat women like objects and party/drink to drown his sorrows. I kept on waiting for the moment where he would look back at his decision and say, that wasn't a healthy outlet, or in hindsight I wish I didn't do that because it was very disrespectful.

I am an athlete, coach and administrator in sport and I'm very disappointed in the message that he's sending to athletes and parents around the country that would read this book and potentially see him as a "leader" or "example" for others.
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I was really looking forward to reading this story. However I found it to be a disappointment. It wasn't well written and I didn't appreciate the language that he used. I found when he told his story he would jump from one story to another story. Then at times he would repeat the same story over and over again. Near the end of the book I looked forward to it being over with. I am glad that he found his way to being sober and being a better person.
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This is an easy read and an enjoyable book, as I could relate to many of the pieces and parts, playing hockey and coming from the prairies myself. I have a question or I suppose a note related to the publication:
I don't understand the logic in publishing a book of this nature while one is still involved in the profession he writes about. I would be interested to know why the timing of its release.
That aside, its an inspirational and great (however tragic) story about an Inuit boy who defied great odds not only as a hockey player, but geographical, personal and racial obstacles to become one of the most recognizable players in the National Hockey League. Its a profound story for those people who feel that they may be facing insurmountable obstacles in their own quest to reach the pinnacle of success in their personal or professional lives, or even to realize their dreams. Its about hard work, tragedy, family dynamics, emotional and substance abuse, and the difficulties that face any minority who strive to leave broken situations for a better life. I commend Tootoo for his book and certainly enjoyed the writing style and captivating story that he and Steve Brunt have put together. A good read. Enjoyed it, and would recommend it.
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A really quick engrossing read, and hard to put down. My only complaint would be that the narrative tends to jump around a little bit, but I geuss maybe that gives it more of a natural, unpolished feel in its own way.
There's a lot of foul language in this book. that's not necessarily a bad thing, but there will be young kids who will want to read this book and maybe should read this book, and its going to keep some parents from letting them.
If you enjoyed theo Fleury's book, youre going to enjoy this book. Jordin doesn't pull any punches, literally or figuratively.
he spews so much pent-up resentment towards his parents in this book, that im worried it could have negative repercussions on his family, his relationship with his parents and his birth village.
It was interesting hearing about a different culture and a different way of life. informative.
He's been through a lot of trauma in his life, and many of us will be able to identify with some of what he went through.
hearing him write about the sudden death of his deceased older brother is one of the bittersweet parts of this book. Poignant, graceful, yet so wistfully sad, that your heart aches for him at times. he and his brother were so similar that they were almost like twins, especially in appearance.
A book like this can hopefully deter young aspiring hockey players from making some of the same mistakes jordin did, especially considering how closely related the hockey and beer cultures are. its also potentially very inspirational for aboriginal Canadians, young hockey players and anyone who's ever felt like an outsider.
kudo's to Jordin for opening up his heart and laying his soul bare.....I hope that doesn't negatively affect him in his life, but more likely it can be a vehicle of positive change in people's lives.
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