In this review of Vera Koo’s memoir “The Most Unlikely Champion,” written by Oyeleye Oyedeji for Online Book Club, it is noted that the book contains well-detailed storytelling. Keep reading to find out why the reviewer rated the read 4 out of 4 stars.
Many people look for that grand, striking look to say that a person would be successful or not. To many, not having that grand look means the person has lost without giving such the opportunity to prove them wrong or right. Vera Koo’s experience detailed in The Most Unlikely Champion, penned down by Justin Paahl, with people has been no different. However, she has learned to accept how people look at her or think of her as their opinion, not hers. This book details her struggles in her life and on the field of sport shooting competitions. Yo her, life is a competition, not with other persons, but with oneself. At every twist and turn of her life as painted in this book, she kept competing against her greatest opponent, herself.
The storytelling is so detailed that one can take a quiz about Vera Voo, her family, and her in-laws. I love the fact that the book has detailed storytelling. It helps you see her struggles, trials, and triumphs. Ranging from when Vera was little to when she was older, got married, got delivered of babies, experienced betrayal, and got into sport shooting, there is always well-detailed storytelling in the book.
This storytelling made it easy to see Vera go through the struggles, then identify and celebrate with her when she triumphs in the face of the ordeal. It makes it feel like one is there with her. The storytelling was so detailed in a part of the book that it feels like the reader is held by the hand and walked through the challenges Vera faces, her feelings when being stared in the face by the challenges, how she puts in efforts to stay calm, how she finds a solution to the challenges, and most especially, her overcoming the challenges. This plays out in so many places in the book, but my favourite was when she was at a sport shooting competition. At the competition, things kept happening to throw her off balance and she tackles these distractions as they pop up.
Also, there are so many lessons bundled into the story. These lessons are also made so easy to grasp. Vera tells you how she considers and weighs her option before making a decision, tells you why she goes for a particular choice, and how she gets to benefit from that choice. This is so glaring at the point she broke her leg and had to consider what to do and the best choice to go for.
To me, the book is on point. There are no bad sides to the book.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The book is exceptionally edited. There are no errors found in the book which may interfere with meaning.
I recommend the book to everyone above the age of 16. I even recommend it as one of the books a 16-year-old should read before facing the 20s.