Joy did the best she could for herself and most importantly for her children. West did poorly in school and because of that he was sent to military school and that changed his life forever. In military school he also was extremely influenced by his drill instructor Colonel Brat. Joy moved with West’s grandparents in New York. Everyone in the family was excited to move out. However the Bronx where his family was relocating is known to be a dangerous city filled with violence, drug activity, and murder crimes.
Joy at first didn’t legalize that over the years the Bronx where she grew up In was no longer a safe city. Eventually West had to settle in a school. She decided to put him in a private school called Riverside because of the negative Information she found out about public schools. She paid large amounts of money to pay for Riverside and as much as she struggled she was determined. During the beginning of the school year West was settling in his new school and with new peers. Shortly after, West started to receive unsatisfactory report cards and teachers thought that he may have a learning usability.
Joy knew that there wasn’t anything wrong with her son. She knew that he was simply not working to his full potential. What she didn’t know was that her son in fact was not attending school as much and that was the reason he wasn’t doing well. Joy began to get very depressed and angry. She loved her son so much that she couldn’t see him fail. Her dreams were crushed once before when she wanted to attend college and do well but wasn’t able to. Joy did not want her son to lose the opportunity of succeeding like she once did.
Joy and his grandparents decided to end West to military school to see If that would help him. All of the money that West’s grandparents have saved over the years went towards the cost of the school. When West realized he was being sent off to military school he felt so vulnerable and afraid. West for sure didn’t want to be there and he did not like it. First, he tried several times to escape from the place until he was able to make a phone call to his mother. He was lucky to be able to speak to her within a few weeks of being there because he wasn’t suppose to.
Joy mentioned about how his deceased father is cooking down at him, many people were proud of him, and that everyone in the family were rooting for him. She told him that he wasn’t going home until he gave the school a change and also told him that she and his grandparents made many sacrifices for him to be there. Quickly West started to realize and understand that he could Indeed succeed. Cornell Brat was a huge Impact In his life during his stay at the school. Brat attached West Moore discipline, respect, and helped him build character. As the years passed he became an absolutely amazing person and grew so much since then.
He served the army and attended Oxford university to book about his life and another young man named West Moore who had many similarities as West Moore the author. He sent out a message to millions of people who have read this book. He believes that everyone is able to become whoever they wish to be with hard work and dedication. Nobody has to take the path to failure if they don’t choose to. West is more than honored and thankful to be part of his family as he mentions in the book. Joy and his grandparents are lucky people to have a great person like West Moore in the family.
If it wasn’t for Joy and his grandparents pushing West and helping him do well in life then maybe West Moore wouldn’t be where he is today. During military school Cornell Brat helped West a whole lot as well. Not many people have families or parents to guide them to the right direction and lucky for West he did and I myself am so happy for him. This book touched me and made me realize that I am lucky, Just like West Moore, to have parents who care, love and who are there for me at all times. This story was very inspiring and I am glad I had a chance to read it.