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.
I found the book to be quite slow and definitely not what you expect from Grisham who usually throws a few curve balls. The characters were interesting and I love football but I just never found a plot or a reason to turn on my pocket pc instead of the radio. I was less than excited to finish out the book.
I read everything that John Grisham writes. I should have made an exception to this one. This was 4 hours of nothing but a group of x high school football players talking about there dying coach and drinking beer.
If I could, I would give a 00 rating to this book. It will make me think twice about reading any future Grisham books.
VERY DISAPOINTING... NOT UP TO HIS USUAL STANDARDS....I WAS EXPECTING A LEGAL THRILLER AND THIS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH AY LEGAL ISSUES....TWO THUMBS DOWN
I have read all Grisham's books and anxiously wait the next, but I couldn't even finish this one. It was beyond awful and if there were negative stars, this surely would receive just that.
After listening to and reading the wonderful novel "A Painted House", Grisham's first major departure from the courtroom genre, I had high expextations here. Unfortunately, what I got was a weak plotline reinforced by thinly-developed melodrama. On a positive note, Grisham, as always, does a great job establishing a sense of place and geographic context (although the state the story takes place in is never specified). He also captures the hysteria surrounding high school football in small southern towns and immerses the reader in it. But, the character interactions are stilted and unbelievable, I strongly disliked the whiny main character, and found the team's reaction to the incident at the heart of the story to be at the same time implausible, unrealistic and predictable. Skip this one and go listen to "A Painted House".