from the vault ~ BLEACHERS by John Grisham
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Recommendation to others: If you’re a fan of John Grisham, or a fan of the Friday Night Lights of football in the South, you’ll really like this book.
Why I chose to read this book: I’ll read anything Grisham writes, of course, but I also have some relation to this book’s subject matter. Though I’m not a fan of the game of football, I have been surrounded by this world my entire life. There’s just nothing else in the world like high school football in the Southern States, and Grisham has captured those feelings and situations perfectly.
Further reading by this author: For this type of story, this kind of ambience, I’d suggest A Painted House.
Comments: I took solace in knowing that this book was a quick read, truly believing I would find it slightly enjoyable but that it would make no impact on me. About halfway into the story I was suggesting it to members of my family. Grisham shares his love for high school football in an open and honest way that drew me to the characters and even excited me in the “play-by-play” of the games mentioned in the story. I could almost hear the roar of the crowd.
I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The characters are somewhat stereotypical of the small-town South, but even then I found that they added a spirit of truth to the book. I know these people, I know their town. And living through their experiences was a delight. I’ve actually found a little piece of my heart opened up for Texas high school football. And that says a lot!