A homecomming of sorts where the central character is completely off stage. The emotions that surround the coach are overwhelming and are at odds with different characters' views.
I'm amazed at the people reviewing this book. They either love it or they hate it. Dont' get me wrong, I'm a Grisham fan but I must agree with the reviewers who found this the most boring of his books, in terms of writing, narrating, plot (or lack of), etc. I think I fell asleep just about every time I listened and had to back up each time I started listening again just to see what was going on. Only to find that it was STILL a bunch of guys sitting on bleachers talking about their abusive ex-football coach. Same theme rehashed and rehashed with narration by the author that made it impossible to distinguish one character from another. Grisham must have owed his publishers a book and ran out of orginal ideas, but I was starting to suspect that a couple Grisham's ago! There will never be another Firm or Rainmaker, quite obviously, as this author appears to be tapped out. And that's disappointing because I feel I've been one of his most avid fans!
This book is quick read. I finished the book within a week. I loaned it out to a friend and she finished it in two sittings. Being from a small town in the south she stated that John Grisham captured the flavor of what it is like plying football in a small town in the south. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
I believe three stars is very generous for this one! While I have enjoyed many of Grisham's works, this one did absolutely nothing for me. I managed to get to the end-I really was hoping for something inspiring there, but to no avil. Sorry Grisham lovers, a pass might be the best policy here.
I just finished listening to this book. I don't know if it makes a difference to listen to the author or to read him, but I found this book to be powerful. Those who have never played team competitive sports probably won't have a feel for this subject. But for those of us who have played high school team competitive sports, male or female, will love this book. It's a real life read.
This book will bring back a lot of memories, some good some not so good, if you went to high school. I didn't play football but had a lot of similiar experiences as found in this book.
Only John could make a great story out of a death of a local hero. He is really a talented writer who shows that a good old fashion story with a moral can still be a best seller--I couldn't stop the player !!
Like The Painted House, this book is different than other Grisham books. While I hated The Pained House, Bleachers wasn't bad. I still prefer the fast pace and twists of Grisham's "lawyer" books, but Bleachers was a nice break. I was somewhat disappointed in Grisham's reading.