I am sooooo glad I watched the movie The Blind Side before I read the book.
The movie- fantastic- we watched on PPV and will be buying shortly (probably when Redbox has it knocked down to $5.)
Casting is superb- every character was believable and Sandra Bullock of course was outstanding. Kathy Bates- another fave actress of ours- was fabulous.
So after seeing the movie I read the book- which was more about the sport than the story. Seriously, maybe someone who knows (or cares) about all that stuff will like the book but when a number of pages have footnotes that take up 1/3 to 1/2 of the page- you are going into WAY too many details that nobody wants to know. It totally took away from the story trying to figure out why the author was telling you all the history etc... Some had to do with the storyline, some not so much and appeared to be inserted randomly and didn't make a whole lot of sense.
Now Ken is a sports buff- and knows ALL KINDS of trivia that even he admits nobody else gives a rats rear end about so maybe, just maybe it won't bore him, although after telling him about it I can say he watched and loved the movie and has made no move to pick up the book.
I did finish the book, which is something (you'll remember reviews where I haven't been able to do that) but I pretty much encourage you to see the movie and skip the book unless you really really want to get into a bunch of football stats and such that have nothing to do with the story.
And I almost want to slap myself for being sacreligious but honeslty- the movie is such a heartwarming, gripping story that the book just doesn't convey.