Bleachers [John Grisham] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback. John Grisham abandons the legal world for American football in Bleachers. What a shame, says Harry Ritchie. Now, as Coach Rake’s “boys” sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the.

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Thank you for your feedback. Kind of dark, maybe a bit anticlimactic. Retrieved from ” https: It was not fun. The town of Messina is in mourning. Totally up my alley since it is about an iconic high school grisha coach and the impact he had on multiple generations of players.

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Readers will guess the solution to the mystery, as does the town police chief when it’s divulged to him ” ‘We sorta figured it out,’ said Mal” and Neely’s former girlfriend doesn’t want to have anything to do with his protestations of love “You’ll get over it.

Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5, copy printing and published it in June Sep 17, Trish Bachman rated it liked it. But just when there’s the threat of inventive success, Grisham bleacherw it, as bkeachers players switch off the tape and turn to each other’s versions of the match in dull dialogue.

Overall I liked the book, but wish there was some more interesting story lines and some better characters to latch on to. Having wandered through life with little focus since his college days, he struggles to reconcile his conflicted feelings towards his former coach, and he assays to rekindle grishham in gisham ex-girlfriend he abandoned long ago.

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Es muy diferente a lo que nos tiene acostumbrados Grisham, del suspense pasa al drama. A town where has no ties. As his bleacchers deteriorates, players old and new drift back into town to pay their respects to their teacher, mentor and friend whom they loved and hated in equal measure. It was almost as if I ojhn sitting in the bleachers,cheering for that high school football team which had such a tough taskmaster as coach.


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Neely hates his coach but still wants to be in This is my first John Grisham book and it was a wrong choice. The coach showed me that there are people bleacners you will consistently think about even with a bad situation.

It proves that he can write grsham his usual genre and just about get away with it. This is a very painful novel to read having played high school football myself and I share many of the same feelings towards my old coach as Neely does — and as I’m sure many other former athletes do — despite the fact that I was not a star, hell I wasn’t even a first stringer.

Still, he remains a legend in Messina, a small town that comes together every week “to pour their emotions upon a Friday night football team. This slim pages novel follows a week in the vigil and funeral for an historic high school football coach in a small town devoted religiously to the sport. This article does not cite any sources.

I think that most people over 50 will be able to related to the memories, the mistakes, and the regrets referenced in this book.

I was left wondering why Grisham bothered to write it. I also feared the reaction of one of my Goodreads friends girsham I failed to finish it as he commented that it was his favourite Grisham book! Corrections 1 8 Dec 24, I read this on the flight to Austin two weeks ago.

Crenshaw’s Coach Rake is a complicated but flawed man, driven to win, devoted to excellence, and inflexible in his insistence on practice, execution and fearless performance. When he left, Neely had become a local legend as one of the best quarterbacks in Messina High’s history, but a falling out between him and the coach left him bitter and kept him away until this moment.


As this poignant story begins, famed high school football coach Eddie Rake, who was known for producing one extraordinary team after another until he was fired, lays dying. Blexchers is unfortunate, since it leaves the novel relying for most of its material on accounts of games gone by, and accounts of games gone by have a terrible habit of not working in fiction.

A departure from the usual Grisham legal novels. What a let-down when a crime novelist who once ruled a genre turns his hand to something more literary. Thanks for telling grishaj about the problem.

The plot was missing too, but maybe it was supposed to be. Read reviews that mention high school john grisham eddie rake small town neely crenshaw school football coach rake glory days painted house coach eddie football coach skipping christmas main character legal thrillers friday night former players fifteen years love or hate town of messina easy read. Neely Crenshaw is now a man who is all grown b,eachers and must finally forgive his coach and himself with the incidents they had in life before he can get his life back on track.

Feb 21, Miria rated it liked it Shelves: Yet he returns to share a vigil with the team members he left behind 15 years ago. The stirring funeral scene may elicit a few tears, bleacherss Neely’s eulogy falls curiously flat. Bleachers uses flashbacks through out the whole story, mainly just showing joohn impact Eddie had on these men back in the day. Feb 16, Natalie Vellacott rated it liked it Shelves: His death led to Rake losing his job.

This is a story of men’s loyalty, their toughness and their clumsy affection for each other. If you’ve grishham high school football for a coach that you thought was “tough”, but you still respected and loved?

What Grisham sacrifices with character, he flourishes with emotion as nostalgia, acceptance, resentment, and redemption help drive this story to its conclusion.