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. On Friday nights, the entire town of Messina waited for the gate to open, then rushed to the bleachers where seats were claimed and nervous.

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The Messina quarterback for three seasons.

The old-timers longed for the days of The Streak. His career was cut short due to a knee injury in college. Four teams—red, blue, gold, and black, remember? As his condition deteriorate “When you’re famous at eighteen, you spend the rest of your life fading away.

A whole new ball game

In a letter revealed at Rake’s funeral, the coach states the two regrets of his life were losing Scotty Reardon and for striking All-American quarterback Neely Crenshaw at halftime of the championship game against East Pike.

Check out my John Grisham Shelf! A nice, quick-reading story of a star quarterback and some of his teammates who return home, after several years, to honor the death of their legendary coach. The book is about group of friends reminiscing the glory days beachers playing together and their relationship with their coach.

I was so glad this book was short! Four loggers on defense and a conference title was automatic. Want to Read saving…. Maybe it is because it was a lot like Friday Night Lights and I really miss that show. It’s easy to tell that this story is very close to Grisham’s heart and that he took the writing of this book very seriously as there are no cheesy subplots or alternate storylines to detract from the main story at hand.


October Learn how and when to remove this grisbam message. He walked around the end bleacbers and down the track bleacherd as he stepped up to the bleachers he noticed Neely and Curry sitting higher, watching every move he made. Jun 13, Eddie Owens rated it it was ok. Neely Crenshaw is now a man who is all grown up and bpeachers finally forgive his coach and himself with the incidents they had in life before he can get his life back on track.

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Jun 18, Kevin rated it really liked it. Languages Deutsch Italiano Edit links.

Bleachers was published on June 22, I find that some can be boring because they fit into a formula. I was sad for Neely at the losses in his life. Now, he finds himself drudging up the specters of the past with his former teammates as well as other former Fifteen years hohn swearing he would never return, Neely Crenshaw finds himself back in Messina, Texas, awaiting final word that local legend grishma former football coach Eddie Rake has died.

No expense was spared, not for the Messina Spartans football team. He now has cancer and is expected to die any day.

Bleachers by John Grisham

After I got married, we bought season tickets, joined jonh booster club, the usual stuff that everybody else does. He was breathing hard when he got to Neely.

They gather at the bleachers to reminisce. I read this on the flight to Austin two weeks johnn. The Messina Spartans, whose stadium is always packed with 10, spectators, whose feats define the town, whose stars of yesteryear are framed in photos that cover the walls of the local diner, are a team from the local high school.


Fifty thousand bucks to an eighteen-year-old idiot is like winning the lottery. Realizing he didn’t have the right stuff for a pro career, bleacjers shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. If you’ve played high school football for a coach that you thought was “tough”, but you still respected and loved?

View all 3 comments. It was not fun. It was an altar, and Neely could see the Spartans bowing before it as they made their way onto the field each Friday night. I figured it was just part of the business. Discover what to read next.

That might have put an end to Grisham’s hobby. If that’s the case, I’m afraid that Bleachers only proves that he does, and he can’t. The thing I liked the most about the book is that this has rekindled all those memories of my school time. A weakness in this book is that there isn’t really a situation in where something really exciting happens, most of it is sad. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books’ protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients’ case, earning them a jur Grisham took time off from writing for several months jjohn to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom.

What a great story and quick read.