03 June 2010

Either You're In Or You're In The Way | Book Review and Contest

Length: 290 (Paperback)
Publisher: !t and imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Formats: Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle
Genre: Non-fiction, Adult, Film Production, Screenwriting
Back-cover quote: "Either You're in or You're in the Way is a modern-day Horatio Alger on steroids - a fast-paced thrill ride of heartbreak and redemption that will both captivate and inspire."

My preface and summary: When the Miller brothers first contacted me about reviewing their book, I was honored but unconvinced that I was the right person to review their story. But then I started reading and something really beautiful happened; I fell in love with their earnest journey to honor their father and his memory. They transformed their love for their father and pain when they lost him in to fuel, drive, and determination. When people scoffed at them and shook their heads, they trudged on. This is the story of how Logan and Noah (without any money or experience in movie making and screen writing) plunged in to the jaded celluloid world of Hollywood determined to succeed and make their father proud. Failure was not option.
My say: I loved this story like I love watching Rudy. Who doesn't love when the underdog succeeds? Who doesn't cheer when people rise above circumstance and through sheer will and hard work persevere? This story is the American dream with bite.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars; This gritty, funny, rumpus journey was surprisingly good and I can not wait to see the movie.

My favorite lines:
  • "He'd lost his pride. And that's what was most painful to see."
  • "Alcoholism steals the soul. Perhaps the most painful aspect is that it's a gradual theft."
  • "When your writing the script, you wear your writer's hat. When you direct, you wear your director's helmet. And when you edit, you wear a hockey mask..."
My kiddie-o-meter: This is real life served with a fresh dose of honesty so expect mentions to their alcoholic father, curse words, and minor mentions to sex and smoking. Despite the double dose of reality, I think many teens could benefit from reading this inspiring story of unconditional love and never giving up.

My contest: Interested in winning my signed gently used paperback copy? If you are a resident of the US or Canada, comment with your email address below. A winner will be announced Monday, July 19th.

My notes:

My final say: One of the many things I love about blogging is that I get to exchange correspondence with some amazing writers. The Miller brothers are a true inspiration. Logan and Noah bring your film to Central Florida and Mr. Whimsy and I will buy the first round.

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37 comments :

  1. i've heard of this story and the two brothers. haven't read it yet but the journey of getting the book published and the film produced is amazing too.

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  2. Aww this sounds amazing! And it's so cool that there is a movie coming out too. The trailer is so good! I love how you write your reviews Juju! :D

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  3. This sounds great. I've never heard of them. Great review!

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  4. This one sounds fantastic! Sad I can't enter the giveaway but must pick up my own copy soon. Thanks for the fab review x

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  5. I've heard good things about this book. Am definitely eager to read it.

    ReadingOnARainyDay AT gmail DOT com

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  6. Aths: Thanks for entering :)

    Carly: Thanks doll :)

    Sara: Ahhh thanks sweet pea :)

    vv: Exactly :)

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  7. Sounds FABULOUS! I'd love a chance to win a copy and AWESOME review....Little known fact about me....I've never seen the movie Rudy.

    bookjunkie221@gmail.com

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  8. Jamie: Really? For some odd reason I love sports movies. What is odd about that? I don't like sports ;)

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  9. Thanks for this great giveaway. What an interesting book and an enjoyable review.

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  10. I havent heard of this story, but it does sounds pretty good. And a movie coming out? Ooh i need to read it now, dont I?

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  11. oh wow the trailer nearly got me there, what a beautiful yet sad story it must have been such an honor, you did it justice thank for introducing me to this lovely story juju

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  12. I would love to win this! Thanks!

    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

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  13. oh I hadn't heard of this book before but it sounds very interesting! Sounds like a moving read. (p.s. Rudy is such a great movie!)

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  14. Sounds great, Juju!! I like your new header :)

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  15. just want to let you know how much I like this new white/pink look & sweet header though I am wondering is the girl is carrying a book in the other hand

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  16. Lissa: Thanks :) It is a book. But it looks a little like a clutch, which is ok too ;) I drew her my self :)

    Carrie: Thanks darling :)

    Mel: :) Wasn't Sean Austin cute back then?

    Debbie and Traveler: Thanks for visiting :)

    Ice: Ahhh thanks :) What an awesome thing to say :)

    Nina: :)

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  17. i love the layout of your blog and the banner too!!

    i briefly heard of this story, but didn't think much of it until now. I'm with you on underdog stories! I just eat em up. Thanks for the great review! definitely addding it to my tbr.

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  18. This looks interesting!

    ntaylor228 at yahoo dot com

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  19. I definitely love stories like this and your review was fantastic, but only occasionally. I guess it's just like any book/movie that you need to be in the mood to read, but I'm sure this could be a fantastic book and movie with a ton of potential to inspire many. Great job on the review!

    Not an entry. :o)

    PS...LOVE the new header! Did you draw the girl or find it somewhere? I'm always astounded at all of your fantastic pictures, love!

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  20. Toothy: Welcome welcome :) What a cute avy you have!

    Hi Musing Mother! So nice to see you :) Your picture makes me want to visit Utah again.

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  21. 1st daughter: Agreed :) I gobbled this one up recently when I needed a break from romance.

    I drew her :) Thanks for asking :)

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  22. Sounds like a fun book to read. Thanks for offering your copy up.

    freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

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  23. This sounds interesting, and I'm always a fan of underdog stories (although I usually end up crying in movies where the underdog overcomes whatever is holding them back).

    This is a non-entry comment :)

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  24. I am skeptical about family being together in business together but then again, there always exceptions. These Miller brothers are inspiring!

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  25. Cherry: Usually I am too. But these twins are super insync :)

    Lizzy: Agreed :)

    Freda: And thank you darling Freda for entering :)

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  26. Wonderful! I really liked your quotes, especially the alcoholism one.

    I heard someone say once: You can't buy integrity, but there are plenty of chances to sell it every day.

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  27. Kim: WOW :-O I really love that quote. I must write it down, memorize it, and use it often.

    Brilliant!

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  28. I'd like to be included! tWarner419@aol.com

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  29. HAHA! I'm not entering, but boy that is a funny title! :)

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  30. This book sounds great, please count me in ... thanks!

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  31. This book looks great!

    danielledrn(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. This book looks great!

    danielledrn(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. I found your review to be intriguing and one that I would take pleasure in reading.

    Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.

    steven(dot)capell(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance! Count me in!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  35. I'd love a chance to win.

    cwilliams127 at gmail dot com

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  36. This book sounds pretty good. Enter me please :D Thanks for the giveaway!

    ekta.p7 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  37. ***This contest is closed. The winner was announced 7/19/2010. (http://www.talesofwhimsy.com/2010/07/contest-winners-in-or-in-way.html)
    Thank you to everyone that entered. The winner was selected with help from Random.org. Please stay tuned and continue to check my right hand sidebar for more upcoming contests.***

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