We Read It: THE AMERICAN WAY
Written By: isps|
Sep 6, 2016
If you follow us on social media or have checked out TOW in the last couple of weeks, you will know that this is a book that we’ve been looking to get our hands on for a minute.
As a little refresher, The American Way is a book that was written and self-published by Jomo hendrickson, who grew up playing soccer at the highest levels of the American youth system (including Division I college experience at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis).
The novel, is seen through the eyes of the main character, Japeth Walker, as he explores a world that’s not usually connected to United States soccer. Japeth’s American Dream is to become the best soccer player in the world. On his journey he learns that the American Dream, for him, demands much more than just hard work and dedication. It requires that he risk it all for a distant chance at success.
We have a copy and we wanted to tell you that we are definitely not disappointed.
First and foremost, as you can well assume by reading the TOW pages, we aren’t necessarily traditional in our writing styles, and this isn’t going to be a typical book review. I want to discuss more the reasons why this book and story is necessary and why it should almost be required reading in the United States soccer community.
One of the discussions that we all have within the community, is centered around getting the best soccer players living in the United States to continue playing soccer after their formative ages where everyone plays, and into the higher levels and upper echelon programs and academies that feed in to the national team.
Personally, I was never involved as a youth, having come to the game much later in life, so I don’t have any first hand experience in be a part of it, but I think after reading this book, I have a much better understanding of some of the workings and mechanisms of how a lot of the talented kids can possibly be missed by the people that makes the kinds of decisions of who gets to be a part of those systems.
This book doesn’t hit you from that angle, it hits you from the perspective of Japeth, and you see some of the things that happened in his life that went a certain type of way that affected that.
Now, all that being said, this book ins’t about that story but you get some of that in it. This book actually has everything you need in a good book. There is plenty of soccer in it. There is friendship and love and tragedy and loss and triumphs and a lot of fun. There’s soccer and sex and guns and music and travel. There is family. Family both personal and family as far as team structure.
There is a lot to take in.
I personally can relate a lot to the book because there are situations, where choices have to be made where tings can go really well or really bad, really quick and its interesting to see the author take time to consider the mindset of all parties involved. The book speaks to some of the societal issues that we’ve had to deal with for years and are continuing to deal with now.
The book has plenty of pop culture references in it. Music, clothes and moments that we will all remember. Its a book you can visualize, and it lowkey reminds me of the movie DOPE!, if you’ve seen that in the last couple of years.
I’ve taken some real care to not give a lot of the story of the book because I wouldn’t want to spoil that for you but trust me when I tell you that you will be entertained throughout. I for one think this book can be made in to a movie. I’d like to be a part of that. I’m going to push to be a part of that and I’m going to tell people to read this book. I’m telling you that you should read this book.
Its available everywhere that books are sold and you’d be more than happy with the dollars you spend on it.
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