Having grown up in a New York suburb where football players were barely one rung lower than God, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS was a scary, very honest look back at a phonomenon I don't ever want to live near again. Well written, certainly easy to see why people in Odessa, Texas aren't happy with the author, a compelling read.
I did not grow up in Texas (I'm from Ohio) but I have lived here for almost 15 years. This is where my teenage son was born and is being raised and he is a football player. Football in my town was nothing like it is here in Texas. While nothing in this book suprises me, it sure would have if I had stayed a yankee (although the football craze is country-wide now I think)
This book is intense, heartbreaking and a page turner all the way through. You can feel the ups and downs of life with the characters and you may never forget them.
I'm from a very small town in Oklahoma and the author gets the portrait of what sports are like in the mid section of the country. The center of the community is centered around church, sports, and the school activities. It is the social center of the town. The sports stars are heros and there is a huge let down when they can't preform. Sad to put so much on the shoulder of such young people. That's the culture of the community and will probably not change anytime in the near future. Great, great book. A must read!
Odessa isn't known to be a place big on dreams. But its high school football team, the Permian Panthers - the winningest team in Texas history - helps keep the hopes and dreams of this small town alive. Every Friday night from September to December, when the Panthers play football, this West Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true/.
I am sure a lot of you have seen this movie, but reading the book has truly made the movie even more life like. The book allows you to get to know the characters in more ways and you are able to really feel for what they go through. Even if you have seen the movie and know the story the book is worth reading.