All-American Murder: The rise and fall of Aaron Hernandez – James Patterson, Alex Abramovich & Mike Harvkey

Aaron Hernandez was a college All-American who became the youngest player in the NFL and later reached the Super Bowl. His every move as a tight end with the New England Patriots played out the headlines, yet he led a secret life–one that ended in a maximum-security prison. What drove him to go so wrong, so fast?

Between the summers of 2012 and 2013, not long after Hernandez made his first Pro Bowl, he was linked to a series of violent incidents culminating in the death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who dated the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins.

All-American Murder is the first book to investigate Aaron Hernandez’s first-degree murder conviction and the mystery of his own shocking and untimely death.

My Thoughts:
This is a really interesting book that covers the incredible athlete Aaron Hernandez and his rise and fall of fame.

I think Aaron was an interesting person, to me, he clearly needed help and wasn’t fully mentally stable and a lot of what happened could have been prevented if he had received the help he needed.

I was kind of aware of the murders Hernandez was implicated in but I had no idea of the details. I know that he was found innocent in a couple of the murders but to me, it seems like he did it and I have no doubt in my mind that he did it, but I still feel like there were mitigating circumstances, for example when they examined his brain and they found the worst case of CTE doctors had ever seen.

This book really does highlight how athletes and celebrities can pretty much get away with anything they want. Things can be covered up and hidden and they can be protected. Which I find absolutely disgusting.

I’m not sure if it’s the way it was written or the way it was narrated but the book did feel like a piece of fiction at some points to me, and I had to keep reminding myself that this was real life.

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