27 Jul 2021

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Book Review / The Rooster Bar by John Grisham


Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.
But maybe there's a way out. Maybe there’s a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they would first have to quit school. And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right? Well, yes and no . . .
Pull up a stool, grab a cold one, and get ready to spend some time at The Rooster Bar.



Published:     24th October 2017
Publisher:  Doubleday
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Owned




I was really looking forward to reading this one as this is one of the more recent novels that I hadn't read by this author.  Haven gone through reading all of his novels in date order, I am now at the point with John Grisham's novels where I have been purchasing the books but waiting to read them until I get to that point in the timeline.   With most of John Grisham's novels they are about the law and following a lawyer in one way or another but this story has a different spin on that.

We follow law students who are studying law at a law school.  These law students haven't been lucky enough to be able to have their education paid for them by family members so they have had to take out student loans meaning they owe hundreds of thousands of pounds even before they are able to get a job.  One of the law students has a theory that this is all a scam and the other students decide to take matters into their own hands.   I didn't necessarily agree with the fact that they were practicing law without licenses and potentially hurting lots of people (and maybe helping them) in scenarios where they probably don't know how to deal with.  But I didn't sign up to this story to like the characters I was reading about.  I was following their stories to see how they reacted and dealt with each. 

I couldn't put this book down! For me, this was fast paced, with plenty of action and lots of twists and turns in this story.   No I didn't really like a lot of the characters in this story but I enjoyed following their stories to see where they ended up!