Oliver James is a 34-year-old TikTok star from Costa Mesa, California who is gaining fame by taking his fans on his journey to learn how to read. While he is functionally illiterate, he is determined to change that. With his newfound motivation and determination, he is inspiring millions of people with his story.
In 2019, the Department of Education reported that 43 million Americans have low literacy skills and 8 million are considered functionally illiterate. Oliver James was part of this group, having had a difficult experience in special education where he was restrained and disciplined instead of being educated.
But now, Oliver James has come a long way. He has improved his reading skills so much that he is now on a mission to read 100 books this year. Not only that, but he also hopes to one day be able to teach his 3-week-old son to read.
James has been documenting his journey on TikTok, where he has become a star of the “BookTok” community. His inspiring story has touched the hearts of millions of people, showing that with determination, anything is possible. It is truly a remarkable journey and one that is worth following.