If you are a John Grisham fan you will be sadly disappointed ... unless perhaps you are a football fan. It is rare that I come across a book that I don't finish but getting through this one has been a real challenge. Boring ramblings of aging college jocks about sums it up.
John Grisham has written a truly compelling and emotionally envolving story in Bleachers. His portrayal of Coach Eddie Rake as a true human being with real positive and real negative traits is as close to real life as it gets. Anyone who has ever been inspired to be more than they would have been on their own will recognize parts of themselves and their mentor in this story. If you have ever believed in someone because they woke something in you this book will capture you. Love and respect aren't one sided. This book really exposes a whole picture.
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.