12 May 2020

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Book Review / Bleachers by John Grisham

High school All-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.

As Coach Rake's 'boys' sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake or hate him. For Neely Crenshaw, still struggling to come to terms with his explosive relationship with the Coach, his dreams of a great career in the NFL, and the choices he made as a young man, the stakes could not be higher.

Published:     7th May 2003
Publisher:  Arrow
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Owned


Now this is why I love reading John Grisham's novels  On the one hand, you get a story like The King of Torts, which I had read previously, and on the other hand you get a story like this.  Please don't pick this up thinking that this is going to be a fast paced legal thriller, it is not.  But that doesn't mean this isn't just as good. 

We follow Neely and other characters as they return to their home down.  Their coach is on the verge of dying and they want to pay their respects. 

I read this story in one sitting, not wanting to put it down.  It is very slow paced as we follow different characters, but mainly Neely, as they return to their home down to pay their respects to their Coach, who was a larger than life character and certainly shaped them for their futures - maybe sometimes with a harder tone than what may be appropriate but, to me, it seems with all the best intentions.  For someone like me who does not really follow or understand the sport, you don't need to.  For me, the story was more about the characters. 

This was such a beautifully written story that I wouldn't hesitate recommended to everyone.