Eleven Seconds: Autobiography of Travis Roy - Book Report

Essay by rockhoops9High School, 11th gradeA, May 2004

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Travis Roy, a former collegiate hockey player, wrote his tragic story in a book called Eleven Seconds. Well, he didn't physically write it down himself; he dictated the story to E.M. Swift, who organized Travis' words into the book. This is because Travis Roy is a quadriplegic. After a mere eleven seconds of Travis' first college hockey game, his dreams of the NHL were shattered forever.

Travis Roy's autobiography, Eleven Seconds, has three parts. In the first part, Travis tells about his childhood and his high school career. He reminisces about the fun he had playing little league hockey and how he would help out at the rinks that his father managed. The next part in the story is the climax. Travis describes his feelings and emotions leading up to game-time of his first college hockey game. He is extremely excited to be playing the sport he loves at such a high level of competition, but within eleven seconds, everything is stripped away from Travis.

He tries to check an opponent into the boards, but misses and hits the glass awkwardly. At this point it is all over. Travis Roy is paralyzed from the neck down: a quadriplegic. For the remainder of the story, Travis describes the motionless life that has been forced upon him. He tells about the pain of never being able to play hockey, or even live a normal life again. Travis explains the emotional battle his whole family was forced into and also states his case for stem cell research.

Eleven Seconds is a very well written book in my opinion. It is easy to read and has a friendly tone. I'm happy to have read the book because it made me realized that I should appreciate the little things in life that I...