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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Life already comes with its own set of challenges without the added complications brought on by disorders like cerebral palsy. On The Outside Chance is based on the true story of Michael J. Mason, Ph.D., who had to overcome some significant hurdles to pave his way through life. The book follows Peter Mason, a young boy who grows up diagnosed with cerebral palsy and struggles to navigate school and home life due to situations he has no control over. Bullied at school and raised by parents who had their share of struggles and flaws, Peter had a hard childhood, losing his beloved aunt and dog at a young age. Additionally, he had to care for his mother, who had Parkinson's, and his father had his own issues. His only outlet to share his feelings with became his therapist, Dr. Gediman.
On The Outside Chance is a remarkable tale of resilience that showcases the indomitable nature of the human spirit and the fierce willpower that enables people to overcome overwhelming challenges. Author Michael J. Mason Ph.D. tells an inspirational story about a boy with cerebral palsy who also had to deal with the usual parental negligence that comes with dysfunctional relationships. It isn't until Peter graduates that he gains a modicum of self-confidence and assurance that he may have a bright future yet. As a reader, you can't help but sympathize with Peter's plight and, to an extent, even relate to his inner conflicts and trauma. A thoroughly riveting book that I highly recommend.