There's No Such Thing as a Bad Kid

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 15 Jul 2019

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There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Kid by Titus O’Neill was received directly from the publisher.  Titus O’Neill, some may know him as a World Wrestling Entertainment star.  Some, such as me, never heard of him.  This book though describes a eleven year old girl getting raped and impregnated.  The eleven year old has the baby who grows up to be Titus.  The book is not solely an autobiography though, it is more about taking so called “bad kids” and helping them along in life, so they become assets to society.  One simple statement, such as “I love you and I believe in you,” can change things immensely for a person.  I went into this book expecting to hear about professional wrestling and cool it is, honestly the WWE was breaks mentioned.  If you know a “bad kid,” or know of “bad kids,” give this book a read, help those kids out and contact Titus and tell him he helped you helped them.

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In no way a pro wrestling book, this might appeal to dedicated O’Neil fans.

It’s half-autobiography, half-social science manual, but only deals with O’Neil’s childhood and university days. The wrestling references limited to a couple of paragraphs on his spectacular Saudi Arabia ring entrance and winning the tag titles, plus a page or two describing his entry into the developmental system.

Instead the book is a well-written argument about the need to give children positive reinforcement rather than dismiss them as inherently misbehaved. Much of it is based around his own experience in a single parent family from a disadvantaged background and his time in a retreat camp for troubled teens.

Considering most of the examples and arguments are simply elaborations on the theme of the title, it doesn’t become repetitive and certainly might interest those in the education and social care sector. There’s also some interesting takes on the college sports culture.

However, it’s impossible to recommend this to anyone whose sole motivation in reading it is O’Neill’s wrestling status, other than his most devoted fans. Instead it’s a book that will appeal or not in its own right and those who still choose to read it with that knowledge will likely find it worthwhile.
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There's No Such Thing as a Bad Kid by Titus O'Neil (Thaddeus Bullard) was a really interesting and revealing read. I went into this knowing Titus as a pro wrestler, and I learned so much more about him as a person through this honest (really, really honest and emotional) memoir about his growing up. I had no idea how much he had gone through and overcome to get to where he is today. It was incredible to see all the times he could have given up, but didn't, and similarly how others could have given up on him, but also didn't. In addition to being full of him recounting his story, this was also about the lessons he had learned and wanted to share with others. In this, he talks about how he now pays it forward and gives back, and this book was also him dispensing advice and wisdom from where he's been. Y'all, this was such an eye opener. There was a little bit of wrestling here, but really, this is about Titus/Thaddeus the human, and that is the story worth sharing/reading. I understand and appreciate how and why he now uses the platform he's been given. This was some kind of a life story, and I have a deepened respect for Titus' mission to share this story and help others get where they want to go. Thanks to NetGalley and ECW Press for the advanced look at this powerful August release.
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Gator great Thaddeus Bullard writes a compelling memoir.

Of his time in WWE, he says little but brings up his two most "defining" moments.

Despite his conception, his tale is of a poor inner city kid becoming comfortable 

And giving to as many as possible the leg up that was given to him.

While Thaddeus didn't have an easy childhood, he shows the power of 

Good, caring, hard working men stepping in and showing him a better path.

Since these mentors meant to much to him, he has made it is mission to pay it forward.

And thus ends my creative attempt at a review. Truly an amazing tale of some of the worst hardship possible being overcome with the power of a caring adult mentor. WWE fans looking for a "WWE lockerroom" book won't find that here. Gator fans looking for a book about his time at Florida will find a bit more of that here, but even then, it isn't the actual focus of the book. But Bullard's message is one that needs to get out, and he has done a remarkable job using the fame he has to get it out. Truly a commendable man and a very much recommended book.
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