Breaking Away

Breaking Away

A Harrowing True Story of Resilience, Courage and Triumph

Book - 2015
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In the tradition of Playing with Fire and The Crazy Game comes a new memoir about a troubled hockey life.

Patrick O'Sullivan was a kid with skills, with natural gifts that catapulted him into the spotlight and made NHL scouts rave. O'Sullivan seemed destined to become one of the next great hockey players in the world. But then it all went horribly wrong.

In Breaking Away , Patrick O'Sullivan gives readers a disturbing account of ten years of ever escalating physical abuse and emotional cruelty at the hands of his father. When Patrick proved more skilled than other eight-year-olds, John O'Sullivan decided to dedicate his life to turning his son into the player he had always dreamed of becoming. Shouting at the top of his lungs, John O'Sullivan was the over-involved parent. Many of Patrick's teammates and their parents and coaches thought it ended there. Few had an idea of the dysfunction and violence at the O'Sullivans' home.

Breaking Away is a story about abuse, but it is also a story about triumph, as O'Sullivan revisits the ghosts of his past.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollinsPublishersLtd, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781443444668
Characteristics: 301 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,colour illustrations, colour portraits ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Joyce, Gare - Author


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Feb 28, 2018

The author, Patrick, made NHL but than it all went wrong. He tells his story of 10 yrs of abuse from his dad. How his mom looked the other way and turned her back on her son in the end. A good book to read for parents, as a reminder not to push your kids to hard in sports, and a must read for coaches and parents of kids in sports to watch for signs of mental or physical abuse.
I think Patrick, did a good job writing his story.

Jan 19, 2017

This book will hopefully encourage parents and coaches of children in sport programs to notice signs of abuse, and monitor overly-aggressive parents. However, performance seems to ''Trump'' everything in children's sports.

Unfortunately, the book was very poorly edited for grammar and sentence structure.

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Feb 28, 2018

runningbeat thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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