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Bleachers by John Grisham

Title: Bleachers, Author: John GrishamBleachers.  Finished 9-11-16, rating 2/5, fiction, pub. 2003

Unabridged audio read by the author.

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.     from Goodreads

Last month I started listening to this audio for my 30 books in 30 days challenge.  After a slow-moving cd or two I went to Goodreads to mark it as currently reading…and found out that I read it in 2003!  Honestly, I thought it sounded familiar but I thought that maybe I just hadn’t finished it.  Well, when you are reading a book a day and are halfway through a book already it’s easy to make the decision to soldier on.  And, to be honest, it did feel a little like I was sacrificing myself for the sake of the challenge.  I really didn’t like this one.  I’d have to check but I have to think it was one of my least favorites for the month.

Neely, a has been high school football player, comes back to his small football crazed town when he hears his legendary coach is dying.  He meets up with other football alumni doing the same thing.  I couldn’t find one character to care about or plot point to keep me interested.

 

October 30, 2016 - Posted by | 2 1/2 Stars or Less | ,

5 Comments »

  1. Maybe Grisham needs to just stick with courtroom drama. I read Playing for Pizza (or whatever the name of it was) and felt the same way about it as you did about this one.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | October 30, 2016 | Reply

    • Oh, I read Playing for Pizza and that was miles better than this one. Love his lawyer/courtroom stuff, but the other? Not so much.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | October 30, 2016 | Reply

  2. Sorry to hear it wasn’t a better good read for you.

    Comment by Mary | October 31, 2016 | Reply

  3. My history with Grisham is very short. I read The Firm and was so disappointed in the last 30 pages that I swore him off. And I never did read another one of his novels…except for a couple of novellas, including Bleachers. I probably liked it a little bit more than you. But, you’re right. It’s not too special.

    Comment by Lloyd Russell | November 1, 2016 | Reply

  4. […] Bleachers – John Grisham. Grisham is usually reliable, if not great at least a fun read, but this one did nothing for me.  And it was about football, which I love! […]

    Pingback by End of the Year Survey « Stacy's Books | December 27, 2016 | Reply


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