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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Fighting Chance by award-winning journalist Alicia Doyle is a powerful memoir that will inspire and entertain you. You have a journalist-turned-boxer in her late twenties in the late 1990s, and you have a compelling story of how covering a story of at-risk youth in a boxing gym turned her into a two-time Golden Gloves champion in the ring. Boxing has traditionally been a male sport, but Doyle is one of the few women to break the barrier and become a history-making mentor to young and old alike. She earned the title The California Female Fighter of the Year but is a hero in more ways than one.
Boxing is one of the toughest sports globally, and not just anyone can do it successfully, so you will be amazed at how Doyle climbed to the top. Her journalistic skills are evident in this compelling narrative. It feels like you're watching a movie. Every scene comes alive and is full of energy. This book will delight any boxing fan and anyone who loves a good human interest story because it serves to lift those living with challenges in their lives. This is a motivational work full of emotion and heart and is more than an autobiography: it has a universal message of overcoming struggle. Being a former social worker who has worked as a child and adult protection investigator, I recognize that survivors of abuse and trauma often seek out extreme physical activities to subconsciously replay and process their experiences so that they can regain a sense of control over their bodies and psyche.
This author shares her own experiences with domestic violence and handles the subject of boxing and violence with sensitivity and insight. There are life lessons embedded in this story: those of not giving up, of doing the impossible, of making a difference in the lives of others to name a few. The accompanying images further enhance an already dynamic story. If you are looking for a life story that will touch and empower you, Fighting Chance by Alicia Doyle is a must-read.