I loved the movie, but the book ruined it for me. The family comes across as paternalistic and opportunistic, while Michael is just a boy who needs help. At the end of the day, there is a reason why the NCAA qualifying GPA was the magical number to reach. Overall, I was left upset and annoyed by the book, where there was none of the soul searching that redeems the parents somewhat in the movie. Also, there was too much about the technicalities and recent historical developments in football.
I'm not a very eloquent writer, so I'll keep this short and sweet. This book is fabulous.
I thought the book was interesting. It certainly was not the same book as the movie, which, it turns out, provides a star vehicle for Sandra Bullock.
Nevertheless, I learned a lot about football...which I do enjoy.
But in the long football narratives dragged the book a bit.
Still, I do recommend it!