The Long Run, by Matt Long with Charles Butler: 3/5

Whoa, everyone! This is my 50th illustrated book review!

Matt Long, a New York City firefighter, one of nine children in a big Irish Catholic family, and Ironman athlete, was run over by a bus while riding his bike to work. The metal bike became enmeshed with his body. From being given an initial 5% chance to live, he required dozens of surgeries to survive. [Image shows a bus and a man on a bike on a collision course on a city street] This inspirational memoir of a heroic firefighter, his life before it was run off the road, and his struggle to run again will make you grateful for the functionality of your body, at whatever level. [Image shows a man with a hat on crutches] But the writing can be poor, especially the dialog.

Good for: Someone in need of inspiration—whether to get through a personal struggle or just get up and finish that workout. This book made me feel completely lazy!

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2 Responses to The Long Run, by Matt Long with Charles Butler: 3/5

  1. Alicia says:

    We must be psychically linked…I just read this book last week and had the same criticism. It’s a great story, just could have been better written. Definitely motivating though!

    • Audrey says:

      It was so interesting and such a good story, but I feel like Matt Long should have shopped around for a better ghostwriter. Who in their right mind writes dialog in which each person says the name of the person they are talking to in EVERY SENTENCE?

      “Alicia, you agree with me about this book?”
      “Yes, Audrey, I really do.”
      “Alicia, that’s amazing!”
      “Audrey, I agree!”

      It is unbearable.

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