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Playing For Pizza
Playing For Pizza
Author: John Grisham
Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game against Denver, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually got into the game. With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780385525008
ISBN-10: 0385525001
Publication Date: 9/24/2007
Pages: 256
Rating:
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3.4 stars, based on 453 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 11
Football, Italy, and lack of a plotline - this can't be a John Grisham novel. "Playing for Pizza" is a disappointing departure from his usual well-written legal dramas. There were many personal relationships and sub-plots that could have been developed in this story, but weren't.

The book might be interesting to people who enjoy the blow-by-blow details of a football game, but did not hold my attention. I found myself skipping pages at a time, as he described football plays in excruciating detail. I'm very disappointed.
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Helpful Score: 10
What I liked about this book is that I've never read anything like it. Although the characterization doesn't go much deeper than cliched stereotypes, the story of a humiliated underdog finding his place in the world is a fun read.
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Helpful Score: 9
Not your normal Grishman novel but good none the less. Difficult to describe to someone else but I found myself seeing the world through the main characters eyes. How he had a life all planned out and it didn't quite work the way he expected, so he took a detour and found a whole new life. A nice Sunday afternoon read.
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Helpful Score: 7
I guess even successful authors like John Grisham like to take a break from the genre that they're known for and try a different direction. In this case, I think the excursion was a great success.

I really enjoyed this tale of a football player who rediscovers himself when he leaves the US to continue playing the game he loves.
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Helpful Score: 7
If you liked "A Painted House" and "Bleachers" (and I did), you will like this too. Laid back, easy reading, Grisham manages to give his main character depth without too much detail. Great reading for a plane flight; just long enough to kill a few hours.
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A delightful, light read. I definitely enjoyed it!
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Rick Dockery is third string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. He gets into a championship game and plays the worst game ever. The Browns cut him. He asks his agent to finds another team. Against all odds he gets to be a starting quarterback for a team. The Mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.

Rick is desperate so he takes the job. He does not speak Italian or has never been to Europe, so Rick finds many surprises In Italy and learns some things about himself as well. Great read or gift.
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Cool book about an NFL reject who finds life, love and football in Italy.


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