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Author: 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. — Now, as Coach Rake’s “boysR...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780385511612
ISBN-10: 0385511612
Publication Date: 9/9/2003
Pages: 176
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 318 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 8
This book differs quite a bit from his usual lawyer tales, and is quite a bit slower. It's interesting to see a different side to his writing, but I did not prefer it.
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Helpful Score: 7
I love Grisham's voice in all his novels. This was a departure from the legal mystery genre, but it was an easy, enjoyable read. Great for any football fan, anyone from a small town, or who feels nostalgic about their high school "glory days."
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Helpful Score: 5
This is more literary than what John Grisham usually writes. Standing alone as a departure from his courtroom dramas with all the mystery and suspense, Bleachers shows a new side of Grisham as a writer. He can write in other genres and still be the well-loved author whose characters come off the page.
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Helpful Score: 4
Even though I am not a football fan, this is an excellent book. Really captures the feeling of hometowns, team spirit and friendship in the face of adversity.
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Helpful Score: 3
Me and a couple of friends read this book for school and we all loved it. It's a sad tale of a small town losing they're amazing football coach, Coach Rake, that led them to many victories and an all-american quarterback, Neely Crenshaw, coming back to his small hometown to mourn the death of his coach. In this book the characters share many stories of thier times with Rake and what really went on in the locker room during the championship game.
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I really liked this book. Although not a typical John Grisham book, it provided plenty of suspense and entertainment.
John Grisham has experience as a prior QB on a HS football team and writes from those experiences. The perspective he provides gave plenty of references into the High School football persona.
Many of us misunderstand the revalance that HS football has provided to the typical adult in today's world.
Although I will have to admit that many readers will not appreciate this book (because it is not a typical John Grisham book) the contents within provide us with a notalgisic reference in which to relate.
If you haven't read it you may want to give it a try. I did laugh and cry throughout the book. It really brought back many memories of my High School Days for me.
Actually, order my book and I'll send it to you.
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An excellent down to Earth story about life as it really is. Reliving what had been helps bring back good memories.
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One-dimensional characters gather to say farewell to their iconic high school football coach, Eddie Rake. This controversial figure touched the lives of all of his players over the thirty years that he coached the Messina Spartans. What makes the story appealing, is that the main character, Neely Crenshaw is so believable, the divorced, former All-American quarterback who suffered a career-ending knee injury.
It appears that this book is really a short story, an assignment from writing class that begins something like, pick a moment where you felt profound emotion and blow it up. This story is really one moment in time that is exploded over a course of three days.