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Rudy became the inspiration for millions when a Hollywood film depicting his journey as a Notre Dame football player became one of the most influential sports movies ever made. In Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger's only autobiography, go behind the scenes to experience the heartache, triumph, and glory through Rudy's own eyes, and learn details of the ten years it took to get the mRudy became the inspiration for millions when a Hollywood film depicting his journey as a Notre Dame football player became one of the most influential sports movies ever made. In Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger's only autobiography, go behind the scenes to experience the heartache, triumph, and glory through Rudy's own eyes, and learn details of the ten years it took to get the movie made. For the first time, the real Rudy shares his story of floundering through school with undiagnosed dyslexia and finding himself mixed up with a rough and rowdy crowd. "Football was my salvation in high school," Rudy believes, and while he dreamed of playing for Notre Dame, he never believed he was smart enough to make it to the elite group of higher education. A poignant and high-energy storyteller, Rudy details failures and pitfalls along the way. He explain""s the persistence and determination it took to get accepted to Notre Dame, to suit up and play for twenty-seven glorious seconds, and to see the dream of his movie become a reality. Rudy is truly a real-life testament to the old adage that it is not how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up again. He will motivate you to discover your own dreams and to them with unrelenting faith that anything is possible. ""...

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Rudy: My Story Reviews

  • Brandice
    2019-03-15 08:55

    So, it was disappointing to realize that Rudy the movie involved a lot of hardship that was exaggerated for effect, and the actual man is a bit of a mess who has spent his entire life living off of a couple of football plays. Can't get someone to buy a car? Bring them to Rudy's office and he'll tell the story of RUDYYYY and sells a car. It's as if he never hoped or dreamed of anything else. He's not truly acknowledging of his own privilege and how it makes his whole "you can do anything if you work hard enough" a lot easier. He was loved, fed, clothed, cared for, had a job at every turn, and was white and male, so the 60's were a great time for someone like Rudy to shove his way into offices and demand his dreams. If he'd been a black women, he would NEVER have gotten away with his tactics. The second half of the book is blatant and passive aggressive bragging and he mentions his wife ONCE in the entire book, not by name, and not a single mention of having kids or getting married or finding meaning in ANYTHING except this story. It's disturbing and the tone of the book is narcissistic, and if you want to keep loving the movie don't read the book.

  • Keith Urmie
    2019-02-28 05:44

    I absolutely love this book because it tells Rudy's story. Tells how at one time he was just a "dumb" kid that wasn't going to get anywhere in life. The funny thing is that that didn't happen. He decided that he wanted to go to Notre Dame and he did. He did it by going to a community college first though. Either way he was still pursuing his dream. He also wanted to play football for Notre Dame and that he did get to do also. It was on the last game of the season his senor year. After graduating Rudy didn't know what to do. He was an insurance salesman, a car salesman, and even owned and operated a floor cleaning business. And after doing all this he still didn't what to do. After being motivated by many people he finally gets a movie of his story, of how he got to play football at Notre Dame, made after many tries and retries. After getting his movie made he finds the career that fits him, motivational speaking. He then tours around the country giving motivation speeches. Last, but not least he gets married and has a family. I must say that I feel that it is a very inspiring book and that every teenager in the world should read, Rudy: My Story By: Daniel " Rudy" Ruettiger.

  • Todd Noorman
    2019-03-22 02:49

    I've always loved the movie, "Rudy." So why wouldn't I love the book with the story behind it all. Here's the answer to that question: because the movie was fiction. Had I not seen the movie, the book would've been just okay, but I couldn't get past the thought that it could also be a warning to kids NOT to be like this person (Rudy). He comes off as arrogant, narcissistic, and someone who can't stay in one place for too long (he held many, many jobs, not putting much of an effort into keeping them, always saying, "it wasn't what I really wanted to do, etc.") It's not a wonder that he's divorced; there's no room for a wife with an ego like that.But when they say "based on a true story," what they apparently mean is, "the main character and the school are real; the rest of it is someone's imagination." Rudy explains how the writer added some stuff to the story for cinematic appeal (i.e. working on the football field, best friend dying in an explosion, Dan Devine being the enemy--never happened), created some characters (i.e., D-Bob--a loose combination of two real people; the janitor; his jerk brother, Frank), and left important things in his life out (I understand his explanation of this, though, to be fair).Rudy says at many points in the book that he never did anything for the money, including his speaking engagements now (which he sometimes gets $10,000 to do--no, NEVER for the money), but I don't buy that for a minute. The way he presents his "dreams," the money is EXACTLY what it seems like he's after. I would have to add this book to that, too--a total money grab.I absolutely LOVE the movie. I watch it every year right before the start of the college football season, and I even talked about it to my classes of sixth graders recently. I hope that reading this book hasn't ruined it for me. I guess I'll find out in August.

  • Maggie
    2019-02-21 07:05

    There are some teens who will Read this book at just the right time in their life and the message will connect. As I read this book I couldn't help thinking about Cora Ten Boom's story (the Hiding Place) and the powerful message she was sharing with the world. Rudy has a powerful message as well and I believe that teens who read this book will be inspired. This is going to be a book that will need word-of-mouth promoting. It's not going to appeal to readers who are just looking for action, mystery, romance, etc. The teen who finishes reading this book is going to do so because the story speaks to him and he'll get it. The reader will know that Rudy's story can be his story. We all have the ability to make our dreams a reality; we all don't have the drive and determination to make our dreams happen. Reading Rudy's story might be the factor that inspires one enough to pursue a dream, even a long ago, once-upon-a-time dream that has been dormant for a period of time. For our teens, reading this story may help them formulate a dream. For educators, reading this story may remind them of how important it is to encourage - not discourage. Overall, this is a book worth purchasing for any high school library and one worth recommending to teens.

  • Hunter
    2019-02-26 00:39

    In the story of Rudy there is a lot of sacrifices that he makes to ultimately join the Notre Dame football team. He grew up in a very crowed lower class family home. His dad was a factory worker and his mom was a stay at home mom. He was a very poor student in high school, but after high school his life took a turn for the better. He enlisted in the Navy and toured the world on a ship. After he did his tour he came back and enrolled in Holy Cross. After two years he got into Notre Dame and eventually walked onto the football team. I really enjoyed this book. The reason that I enjoyed this book is because I play football and I enjoy sports. This is an overall great story about hard work and dedication.

  • Matt
    2019-02-24 00:47

    This is even more inspirational than I thought it was going to be. Rudy talks very openly about the highs...and lows...of his life. It is like you are sitting there talking to him and you want to ask him a question, thinking the book might answer back.The last several chapters are perhaps the most inspirational. I won't spoil it, but...I can tell you that Rudy discusses some struggles in 2011. I had the opportunity to meet Rudy at the Notre Dame bookstore in late 2011 where he signed a copy of "Rudy's Insights" for me. All he did was sign it "Rudy - 45". In 2014, I was back at Notre Dame and Rudy was there. I had him sign my copy of this book. He personalized it, posed for a photo, and we even had a nice 2 minute conversation. After that experience, and knowing what he was battling inside in 2011, I'm glad I had the chance to meet this Rudy. It just serves as a reminder that we all have bad days...sometimes bad years. The best that we can do is keep our eyes on the goal! Thanks Rudy!!!

  • Michael
    2019-03-16 09:01

    The book is about a man named Daniel ( Rudy ) ruettiger who follows his dream and goes to Notre Dame. He then makes another goal to play on the team in which he does successfully. The story is really about chasing your dreams no matter how hard it seems or what other people say. I REALLY enjoyed the book because I like stories that have an underdog and because it is a sports book. I think that people who like sports.

  • Jim Blessing
    2019-03-16 00:40

    This book by the actual Rudy character of Notre Dame football fame. The early part of the book was most interesting and as he aged one tended to get irratated by his self-promotion.

  • Jennifer Radtke
    2019-03-03 07:47

    I remember watching this movie when it just came out. I didn't like football (don't hate it but it's not a passion). There was something about the movie that has stuck with me all these years. I remember Rudy memorizing the speech and giving it to the empty locker room. I saw this book and had to read it. Didn't realize how perfect it was to fit in my reading selections. The other surprise was that my hubby had never seen the movie. I don't know how that's possible, but he is a country boy.I had to rent the movie from the library to share with him. Now I just need a night to sit down and watch it together. In the meantime, I thought I would play it for myself to refresh my memory and see all of the parts that Rudy mentions about making the movie in his book. Like the last game where Rudy gets to play. Those scenes were all taped during halftime of a real game. One take is all it took. That is just amazing.This book is one of the best that I've read in a while. Rudy breaks it down into 4 main sections: growing up, college life, movie making, and life after.In growing up, he shares about being one of fourteen kids. All packing into the station wagon to go to church on Sunday and feeling like everyone was watching a clown car with all those kids spilling out. Rudy shared how impressed he was with his father and how he handled the people in the community. His dad just let them talk their talk. He didn't get mad and fight to correct their thoughts. He just waited and cherished the feeling of when they are proved wrong. I loved the story he shared about being in little league and how clear and focused he was on his goals even back then. He tells of a chance he had to claim a foul ball from a White Sox game. All the kids that got to go on the field trip with him lined up. The coach then threw the ball as far as he could and the first kid to get it would keep it. Rudy tells of watching it bounce over the fence and into the weeds. He tells of running with all of his might, jumping the fence, and going to the weed that it stopped by. My favorite part, "Suddenly aware of the world around me, I noticed kids to my right an my left looking in the weeds in all the wrong places; a whole bunch of other players were still on the field or struggling to get over the fence. I left them in the dust. The fact that they were bigger than me, faster than me, and stronger than me didn't matter. I was kind of stunned by it." To have that much focus is a gift from God. I get distracted just walking across my house.In growing up, he also shared going into the Navy. That impressed me; he went to sign up for the Navy so that he wouldn't get drafted into the Army and end up on the front line in Vietnam. I loved how he described life on the ship. "We were all in it together. You could wind up pulling a line while your superior officer pulled that same line right beside you. That impressed me. I found myself wishing that school had been that way. I found myself thinking that every sports team needed to be that way. Every company. Every workplace. I found myself dreaming of how great the world would be if everyone's boss came down off their high horse to tow the line with his workers now and then. How great would America be if it modeled itself after this sort of military brotherhood?"In college life, Rudy shares about meeting his best friends. The first one taught him how to study to get the most out of his lessons. This guy helped him find out that he was dyslexic and how to overcome it. Rudy mentioned how he wished he would have known this in high school. The other friend taught him how to take a break and enjoy yourself just the right amount. The best thing about those friends was that they encouraged his dreams and he in turn encouraged their dreams without even knowing that he was. Rudy's passion for his goal made others around him want to do more with their own lives.In college life, Rudy shares all that he did to get into NotreDame. He thought himself a NotreDame student the moment he stepped onto the college grounds even though he was only in the community college next door. He found every possible way to infuse his life with being a Notre Dame student. He set goals and accomplished them. I loved this part, "What was really strange about it was I didn't feel like I had worked all that hard to get it. It came easier than I would have thought. I was tapping into something. I was starting to understand something here and there, in little glimpses: focusing on an achievable, accomplishable goal can turn a far-fetched fantasy into an attainable dream. A dream that can become real with a little hard work and perseverance."The other insight from this section was, " In some ways, I wished it could have lasted forever - that feeling right before the payoff, right before the goal is reached, right before the dream comes true, when you know for certain there's nothing left to stand in your way, but before it's all over." One of the lessons he learned in his college years was to always have another goal to reach for. Without something else to drive you, your life becomes stagnant and your brain starts to fall asleep.In making the movie, Rudy shares all of the challenges he had to face in seeing the whole process through. He shares the ups and downs and the amazing moments that just seemed like every day life to him because he was so focused on the dream. My favorite excerpt from this section is,"It's scary to live life feeling trapped or confused or unhappy with your job. It's hard to trust that anything will ever change. But that trust is what you need the most. That faith that you're on the right path, even if it doesn't feel quite right at the moment, is important. The truth in life comes from following your intuition and the gut feelings that God gives you, and then making the right choices when opportunities present themselves. And heck, if opportunities aren't presenting themselves, then it's all about having the guts to make the kinds of choices that give you those opportunities."In the last section of the book, he shares about his life after the movie. Rudy shares a few of the speaking engagements that he gave. He shares some of the movie viewings he experienced. And he shares how they all affected him because of the way that it affected the audience. He knew it was a great message and needed to be told; he just didn't know how big of an impact it would be and still is.I was impressed by his thoughts on what has happened to America. We have "taken our eye off the ball." We have "stood for the false notion of bigger is better at any cost". He calls the time we live in "the Great Reset."I think my favorite part comes right at the end. "The truth is you are someone. The truth is, get rid of your goofy thoughts. The truth is, don't let someone influence what you want to do. You have that choice. That's the most powerful thing you have. No one is going to stop you from doing what you want to do but you, and that's the truth."Go pick up this book and let it inspire you as it has inspired me. Go and rent the movie again too. Share it with the next generation. Teach them to set their eyes on the goal and never let go til you get there.

  • Chancellor Fangirl
    2019-03-05 08:36

    The moment my dislike of the book turned to outright hate:As the end of that first semester as a post-grad approached, I realized the whole thing made no sense. It just wasn't me. It wasn't the way I wanted to be spending my time. It's funny, but unless you have a real direction in college—unless you know that you're inspired to be a doctor, for instance you're left at the end of those four years with a tremendous feeling of uncertainty. Everyone thinks college should be all about education, but if you don't have dreams that you're applying those lessons to, what good is all that education? If you don't know where or how you're going to apply that education, is it really going to stick in your brain?

  • librarian90
    2019-03-03 06:41

    This is the One Book One Community Choice for 2017 so the Book Discussion choice for October by default. Surprisingly, many of the group enjoyed this, finding it inspirational and a "must read" for high school students. I just found it a little tedious and not just because of the football theme.

  • Anthony
    2019-02-24 08:01

    A great story about overcoming the odds. Movie is better than the book, honestly. Rudy seems a bit conceded at times, but, overall the message is the same... Never stop chasing your dreams.

  • sarah m everett
    2019-03-17 04:50

    InspiringDetermination and faith......lessons we all need to learn and practice. Easy read . Would recommend for any age.Good book.

  • Suzi
    2019-02-28 03:01

    A great story - Not the best writing job ever.

  • Aj
    2019-03-13 00:40

    Go Rudy Go There was once a young man who came home devastated when he did not make his high school basketball team. At that point, he was faced with two choices in his life. He could either embrace the task of having to work harder or give up. Today, this young man is known as NBA’s greatest basketball player ever, Michael Jordan. Jordan’s hard work and persistence paid off; his success serves as a great inspiration to others, much like the life story of an underdog who possessed a burning desire to wear the blue and gold uniform of Notre Dame, Rudy Ruettiger. Just about everyone needs to be motivated by this sort of success story at some point in his life, and Rudy My Story by Daniel Ruettiger may just be the book to accomplish that task. Rudy is a heart-warming autobiography that captivates ones attention throughout the entire piece. Similar to the movie, the book explains how a man, with odds stacked against him, somehow manages to do the impossible and become memorialized forever by making his Notre Dame dream come true. I would highly recommend reading Rudy My Story to anyone in the market for a feel good story. Rudy is an inspirational book that reinforces the idea that anything is possible with perseverance. Daniel’s autobiography includes several key aspects of his life. The beginning details his struggles with dyslexia and academic life. Then, tragedy pushes Ruettiger to pursue his dream of becoming a Notre Dame student and football player. This dream becomes a reality as Rudy gains some invaluable wisdom about life from a janitor, someone whom he never viewed as helpful, as well as other unlikely personalities. Following a six-teen year battle and numerous legal struggles, Ruettiger turns his Notre Dame experience into a blockbuster movie. Finally, Daniel explains the rocky aftermath of his football experience and how he arrives at his new dream. Life was not easy or perfect for Daniel, but somehow he managed to pick himself up and remain standing after being knocked down numerous times. Daniel’s life lesson of hope and determination is a universal message that extends to all audiences. As a football fan, I first became interested in reading this book after watching the movie, Rudy. I was drawn in by the conversational style of writing and could not put the book down especially after I realized that this ordinary man accomplished extraordinary dreams. I felt connected to Daniel when he became discouraged and wanted to quit football since quite often, doors were closed in his face. This reminds me of how I felt when my coach did not give me adequate playing time in football. When Rudy was laughed at for wanting to join Notre Dame’s football team, he worked even harder. I wanted to discover how he overcame this sort of discouragement. I, like many sports enthusiasts, love the idea of an average guy beating the odds; yet this story is so much more than a mere sports book. It serves as a guide offering direction for handling the daily turmoil of life.Daniel’s strategy for success is summed up by his response to several young girls searching for some direction in life, “No one is going to stop you from doing what you want to do but you, and that’s the truth” (Ruettiger 277). Ruettiger’s ability to motivate individuals is refreshing. This book is no ordinary autobiography, it teaches an extraordinary message, never give up on your dreams. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone. The world needs more messages like these.

  • AJ
    2019-03-07 05:35

    Go Rudy Go There was once a young man who came home devastated when he did not make his high school basketball team. At that point, he was faced with two choices in his life. He could either embrace the task of having to work harder or give up. Today, this young man is known as NBA’s greatest basketball player ever, Michael Jordan. Jordan’s hard work and persistence paid off; his success serves as a great inspiration to others, much like the life story of an underdog who possessed a burning desire to wear the blue and gold uniform of Notre Dame, Rudy Ruettiger. Just about everyone needs to be motivated by this sort of success story at some point in his life, and Rudy My Story by Daniel Ruettiger may just be the book to accomplish that task. Rudy is a heart-warming autobiography that captivates ones attention throughout the entire piece. Similar to the movie, the book explains how a man, with odds stacked against him, somehow manages to do the impossible and become memorialized forever by making his Notre Dame dream come true. I would highly recommend reading Rudy My Story to anyone in the market for a feel good story. Rudy is an inspirational book that reinforces the idea that anything is possible with perseverance. Daniel’s autobiography includes several key aspects of his life. The beginning details his struggles with dyslexia and academic life. Then, tragedy pushes Ruettiger to pursue his dream of becoming a Notre Dame student and football player. This dream becomes a reality as Rudy gains some invaluable wisdom about life from a janitor, someone whom he never viewed as helpful, as well as other unlikely personalities. Following a six-teen year battle and numerous legal struggles, Ruettiger turns his Notre Dame experience into a blockbuster movie. Finally, Daniel explains the rocky aftermath of his football experience and how he arrives at his new dream. Life was not easy or perfect for Daniel, but somehow he managed to pick himself up and remain standing after being knocked down numerous times. Daniel’s life lesson of hope and determination is a universal message that extends to all audiences. As a football fan, I first became interested in reading this book after watching the movie, Rudy. I was drawn in by the conversational style of writing and could not put the book down especially after I realized that this ordinary man accomplished extraordinary dreams. I felt connected to Daniel when he became discouraged and wanted to quit football since quite often, doors were closed in his face. This reminds me of how I felt when my coach did not give me adequate playing time in football. When Rudy was laughed at for wanting to join Notre Dame’s football team, he worked even harder. I wanted to discover how he overcame this sort of discouragement. I, like many sports enthusiasts, love the idea of an average guy beating the odds; yet this story is so much more than a mere sports book. It serves as a guide offering direction for handling the daily turmoil of life.Daniel’s strategy for success is summed up by his response to several young girls searching for some direction in life, “No one is going to stop you from doing what you want to do but you, and that’s the truth” (Ruettiger 277). Ruettiger’s ability to motivate individuals is refreshing. This book is no ordinary autobiography, it teaches an extraordinary message, never give up on your dreams. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone. The world needs more messages like these.

  • Blake B.
    2019-02-28 08:48

    A great novel I read this year was Rudy: My Story by Daniel E. Ruettiger. This book is an autobiography reflecting on Ruettiger's amazing story. Ruettiger better known by his nickname, Rudy, grew up in Joliet, Illinois. He has a big dream of playing football at the University of Notre Dame. A lot of people tell him he can not possibly fulfill his dream, including Rudy’s family. Rudy does not have the money, athleticism, nor grades to get into Notre Dame. A teaching assistant named D-Bob tutors Rudy, which gets his grades high enough to enter Notre Dame. Then, Rudy roughly manages to get on Notre Dame’s football team. Overall, I’d rate this novel as a five-star. I really loved the theme of Rudy: My Story, which is one of the reasons why I gave this book a five-star rating. The overall theme is success and failures. Rudy has many success and failures throughout the book. One failure is “I failed a ton when I was younger, in high school I had a 1.72 GPA” (Ruettiger 9). Another failure is Rudy listens to people that tell him he cannot do it. Although, the industrious boy worked hard and was able to get into Notre Dame. Not only that, but he was successful by being on their football team, and being eligible to play. Whether Rudy failed or succeeded, he always worked hard, and never gave up. However, sometimes he wanted to quit. For example, Rudy was upset for not being able to play in a game for Notre Dame. Yet, he just kept working hard and tried to achieve his goal. His toiling and how he succeeded from it inspires me. Furthermore, the book is historical fiction. I know this because this is a true story of Ruettiger’s life. Ruettiger made a good use of signposts that positively affected my reading, which is another reason why I gave this book a five-star rating. “Life goes on, and so do life’s challenges.” “You simply have to find a way to persevere and push through with all of the determination you can muster” (Ruettiger 15). This signpost is Words of The Wiser. This affected me as a reader because Ruettiger’s words inspired me to persevere through life’s challenges. “I found my heart, my drive, and my passion one step at a time, simply by growing, making mistakes, learning from those mistakes, and pressing forward” (Ruettiger 20). This signpost is Aha Moment. At this moment Ruettiger realizes he wasn’t born with more heart, drive, or passion, he found it. This made me understand that I or anyone else could find their heart, drive, or passion. I also used to think some people were or were not born with heart, drive, or passion. Next, this upcoming quote is one that shows about Ruettiger’s writing, it also is one I really enjoy. “After all, I’m only human.” “Aren’t we all?” “And we all make mistakes” (Ruettiger 21). This shows Ruettiger is comforting the reader by saying humans all make mistakes. It also goes back to the theme of this book, success and failures. Ruettiger fails many times in his book by making mistakes, and he’s saying everyone makes mistakes because we are all human. Personally, the quote comforted me and it’s true too, also it is another reason why I gave this book a five-star rating. You should definitely read this book, especially if you want a true, inspirational story. I personally loved it, after reading it I watched the book’s movie, Rudy.

  • Daniel Butcher
    2019-03-10 01:05

    Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger with the help of Mark Dagostino tells us for the first time a story many of us thought we know in Rudy: My Story. Rudy: My Story retells the familiar story of Rudy Ruettiger’s efforts to play for his beloved Notre Dame football team. Ruettiger tells the story of his large and loving family in Joliet, Illinois, and their growing love of Notre Dame. Ruettiger loved sports, but hated school which meant his chances to go to college were non-existent. In the era of the escalating Vietnam War Ruettiger joined the Navy and received an unintended benefit, access to the G.I. Bill. Ruettiger used access to education through his military benefits and a community college to build the grades needed for him to be admitted to Notre Dame. Once admitted he worked to become a walk-on to the football team and served for two years on the scout team. The highlight of his football career was his one opportunity to suit up and play in one collegiate game. Ruettiger and Dagostino then detail Ruettiger’s post college career and how he worked to get the blockbuster movie about his life, Rudy, made. This is a familiar and yet different story than many of us know for Rudy. Ruettiger explains how some incidents in his life were changed or ignored to make a story suitable for the theater. For example his service in the Navy is ignored in the movie, along with his on-campus boxing success. The book makes it clear that Ruettiger and his desire to suit up for a game were known by many throughout campus. Additionally, his father was more supportive than depicted in the film. In many ways the real life story is simply not as exciting as the movie, as we should expect. Additionally, the information after Notre Dame is very unclear, such as leaving information about his wife almost completely out. If anything the story of Ruettiger’s missteps in getting the movie made is one that adds to the story of Rudy the movie.Ruettiger makes it clear that he wishes to further the message of Rudy. Everyone has Rudy in this in his opinion and his combination of dreaming and doing has inspired many. Ruettiger succeeds in sharing his life and message. But in many ways this combination sports biography and self-help books falls a little flat for me, mostly because I constantly compared it to the movie! Review Copy Provided by Thomas Nelson

  • Bstop
    2019-03-22 00:37

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book Rudy Ruettiger, my story. It is based on a true life story of a young kid that decides to ignore societal norms, and go to Notre Dame one of the best football schools in the nation. Throughout the book Rudy goes through many struggles such as poor grades, dyslexia, and the coach refusing to play him, etc. It is a great story and relatable as a young teen that also plays sports. One thing I loved about this story was that it showed how important it is to work hard at whatever you do. Rudy had the odds stacked against him in life most of the time. He grew up poverty, in a large family, in a small factory town, however he never let it stop him from accomplishing his dreams. His story is inspirational and what makes it better is that its true. The events happened are true and he tells them from his point of view. However there are some thing s that weren’t good about the book. One thing I wasn’t good was that he played in the last game, in the last minute where he never really ever got to make an impact on the team. As a sports fan I would find it more interesting if he got consistently better and made everyone regret dismissing his talent. Another I didn’t like is how they didn’t go into detail of his childhood life. I always find it interesting seeing how a person grew up and became who they were today, as opposed to guessing what happened. “You’ve gotta go through the journey” ( Ruettiger). This quote emphasizes the entire journey of the book which is Rudy’s struggle and eventually succeeding. In general, I would rate this book a 4 out of 5. It isn’t the best story I’ve read but it was interesting and I got a lot out of it. It taught me the important lesson of never giving up. It also showed that having determination can let you accomplish anything you put your mind to. It was a very good book and an interesting read. I also found it very relatable. I recommend this book to anyone interested in sports, coming of age tales, or people who want to read a non-fiction story of a young kid overcoming odds set against him.

  • Honeybee
    2019-03-02 04:44

    You have probably seen the movie by the same title. "This," as the late Paul Harvey would say, "is the rest of the story."Hollywood's take on Daniel "Rudy" Reuteger's story was both moving and inspirational. However, no two-hour film can possibly relate the depth of Rudy's struggles or his triumphs--either leading up to or following his 27-second moment of glory on the Notre Dame football field.From his huge family, a less-than-stellar beginning as a struggling and reckless high school student, to his short career in the US Navy and a job at a local power plant, Rudy overcame countless obstacles to his dream of playing for Notre Dame. Wherever he went, Rudy's hard work and friendly, upbeat attitude won him favor with God and men.In addition to his 27 seconds of fame on the football field, Rudy won a boxing title we didn't hear of in the movie, and gained a degree from the university. Only after a series of jobs, relationships and experiences that further solidified his character and resolve did Rudy see the realization of his next dream--making a movie about his early years.I loved Rudy's candor. He doesn't try to gild his or anyone else's image. Neither does he make the nay-sayers he encountered out to be villains. He just tells it like it was. It was touching to see the transformation not only in his life, but in his family and others around him, as Rudy pursued his dreams. It's also refreshing to hear him credit God for opening so many doors and laying out his path one step at a time. He tells us about his lapses in judgement and how he paid for it, as well as those times he was discouraged and ready to quit.If you liked the movie, you're going to love the book. See how your dreams and the relentless pursuit of them can not only bring you rewards, but can spur on others to be all they can be. Read it for yourself, and then get copies for the sports fans in your life, or maybe that "ne'er-do-well" who's always getting slammed. They just may turn out to be another "Rudy"!

  • Jeannine
    2019-03-09 05:52

    Rudy is one of my favorite movies. Ever. I have it on DVD but only watch it once or twice a year so as not to dilute its specialness. I listen to the soundtrack on my ipod. I read this book for one reason only, to find out what parts of the movie were real and what parts were Hollywood-ized. On that score, this book delivers and I'm so happy that one of my favorite movies is pretty much true to the real story**, which means I can continue to enjoy this movie as true.I gave the book two stars because the writing is just ok. I probably wouldn't have read it if I didn't love the movie. Rudy is now a motivational speaker and there is a lot of that kind of talk in the book, lots of talk about pursuing your dreams, blah blah blah. Certainly, Rudy is a reliable authority on pursuing your dreams, but some of the language is kind of cliche to me. On the other hand, someone who hasn't seen the movie, maybe a (ahem) younger person would get a lot out of his story and his encouragement.**One area not true to life was the portrayal of Coach Dan Devine who is cast in the movie as the meanie who won't let Rudy dress with the team. Apparently Devine agreed to this Hollywoodized version of himself but they make him look silly and mean. He really was a great supporter of Rudy and planned to let him dress all along.

  • Mike Kennedy
    2019-03-16 06:05

    I really liked this book. The movie Rudy is one of my favorite movies of all time, so when I saw this book I had to read it. I was surprised how much the movie and real life differ. That being said the theme and spirit of Rudy's life was captured in the movie. It was more the details of his life that you couldn't fit into artwork hour movie. The book is broken into four sections; his childhood, his time at Holy Cross and Notre Dame, the movie itself, and his motivational speaking section. I love the first three sections, and they gave a firsthand story of Rudy's life. The fourth section was a little overboard for me. I think I wouLd like to hear him speak in person, but this section on paper is sort of a rambling on of this thoughts. He believe in his message, which is good, but he tends to bring up how it insured everyone from Bill Clinton to Kobe Bryant. He could have very well inspired those people, but to put it in a book about yourself seems a little arrogant to me. I think after reading this book I get the feeling that Rudy is always looking to work his own angle, and push his agenda. Overall I still really enjoyed reading this book, and would recommend it to anyone who loves Notre Dame or the movie Rudy.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-03 01:37

    My parents gave me this book for my birthday because they know how much I love the movie "Rudy." I was excited to read it with Travis and Cole. While I found the first third to be interesting human interest on Rudy and his family and his initial dream of getting into Notre Dame and playing football, I found the remainder of the book to be a big disappointment. Once Rudy achieves his initial dream, he writes about all of his efforts to get his story turned into a movie. From a writing perspective, it seemed like one big run-on sentence (this was especially evident to me since I was reading it out loud and the sentences seemed to go on with cliches and redundancy). I was also really disappointed because I always thought someone from Hollywood had plucked Rudy out of obscurity to make a movie of his inspirational story. It's quite the opposite. Rudy details all of the different people he tried to sell his story to and the length of time it took to get it made into a movie. I really wanted to love this book like I loved the movie, but I don't think that it will be possible.

  • Cole
    2019-02-25 04:04

    My parents gave me this book for my birthday because they know how much I love the movie "Rudy." I was excited to read it with Travis and Cole. While I found the first third to be interesting human interest on Rudy and his family and his initial dream of getting into Notre Dame and playing football, I found the remainder of the book to be a big disappointment. Once Rudy achieves his initial dream, he writes about all of his efforts to get his story turned into a movie. From a writing perspective, it seemed like one big run-on sentence (this was especially evident to me since I was reading it out loud and the sentences seemed to go on with cliches and redundancy). I was also really disappointed because I always thought someone from Hollywood had plucked Rudy out of obscurity to make a movie of his inspirational story. It's quite the opposite. Rudy details all of the different people he tried to sell his story to and the length of time it took to get it made into a movie. I really wanted to love this book like I loved the movie, but I don't think that it will be possible.

  • Samantha
    2019-02-24 05:45

    This is the story of the real Rudy. The before, during Notre Dame and after. There is more to the story than the movie. You find out what was left out of the movie and what they changed to make a better movie. The whole first part of the book is about how he grew up, inspirational moments that kept him going and Notre Dame. He was involved in boxing at Notre Dame and I had no clue. However, the second part of his life was about getting the movie made. It dragged a lot of the time. He gets taken advantage of and how he has to slug it out to get the movie made. I thought he was discovered because it was a "legend" at Notre Dame. Not so. I just thought it was an average book. It didn't change how I feel about the movie or him. I would recommend this book to younger kids looking for inspiration or Notre Dame fans.

  • Rosemary Yakubowski
    2019-03-10 02:48

    For any fan of Notre Dame Football, and/or the movie Rudy, this book is a MUST read. It's a wonderful book that tells the WHOLE story, of Rudy, and the impact that he and his movie have made on people all over the country. This book delves so much deeper into the trails and tribulations of this life before Notre Dame, and after. It also fills in lots of blanks that the movie didn't have time to cover. I highly suggest this book! I believe that EVERY high school student should read this book also.

  • Todd
    2019-03-10 06:45

    I honestly did not want to like this book. I thought it was either going to be self promotion or some sort of 'look at me, I'm Rudy' thing. In reality, it was a good read. Very fast. It provides a lot of background info on the movie of the same name. It also looks at some other achievements he had while at ND but were left out of the movie because his tackle against Ga Tech was not the only thing he ever did. If you liked the movie Rudy, the background info in this book alone makes it worth your time to read.

  • Jason
    2019-03-19 07:05

    A lot of Rudy's autobiography will be familiar to anyone who saw the film "Rudy," although he spends more time detailing his family, his time growing up in Joliet and what he did when he wasn't on the Notre Dame campus (he was in the Navy before he went to college and he worked a lot even while he was in school). He also gives a look at all he and filmmakers had to do to get the movie made.All in all it was an interesting look into the life of an inspiring individual. A quick and enjoyable read.

  • Barb
    2019-03-19 01:44

    The book published in 2012 goes beyond the movie's climatic ending to present day. It is more than just an inspirational sports book but a book on trying your best and defeating the odds against you in all aspects of life. I found the book inspirational but realistic. The sharing of the author's life to present day was a series of ups and downs, but from each down he picked himself up and went on again!That is a life lesson for all of us!

  • Chris Walker
    2019-03-04 06:46

    I was a little hesitant to read this book because I didn't want to be disappointed when I realized that some of the things in the movie stretched the truth a bit. However, After reading the exact story according to Rudy I am even more impressed with him. This book moved me just as much as the movie did. What an unbelievable story and such a great inspiration.