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 book says that he isn’t close to Paul, but he still phones him times per year. We learned the same plays Rake was calling on Friday night. Neely stuck to the sideline and slowly made his way toward the home stands, then he stopped cold and took a deep breath as the pregame jitters hit him hard. They left with Rake. What was the real reason?

A whole new ball game

Neely couldn’t get over high school and his failed goals. Over a hundred colleges wrote letters; his father still kept them.

Sep 17, Trish Bachman rated it liked it. Works by John Grisham. He was breathing hard when he got to Neely. 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.

Be careful what you say about Bleacchers.

I think that is a lesson to learn for athletes. Twice he got ejected for kicking opposing linemen in the crotch. Later during the funeral, Neely changes his mind and realizes how much he loves his coach Eddie Rake. Greetings were exchanged, insults swapped. He moved slowly down the sideline, hands stuck deep griham his pockets, a forgotten hero whose star had faded so quickly.


You play your last game and everybody cries. No one walked on his field. How this man is a best-selling writer is reflection of today’s society’s IQ. I’m not interested in football and almost discarded this at blwachers halfway point. Getting up at 5 a. There was noise from the field house as cars and trucks began leaving. The bleachers were silent now, waiting. Great recommendation for sport lovers.

Imagine the movie Varsity Bluesthen add about 15 years with the full cast of characters coming back to town because the bleacchers of the former coach is imminent. In all honesty, this feels like a novelized version of what a sequel to the movie Varsity Blues would be. Bleachers is lbeachers clunking legal thriller but a slim, plotless little number about football.

Five thousand bucks in cash. A departure from the usual Grisham legal novels.

Bleachers by John Grisham

bleachegs Couldn’t put it down. View all 3 comments. 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. Like many second-string players in any sport, ‘Bleachers’ will not have the opportunity to grasp grisam, but it is consistent and solid and there when you need it. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.


And it makes you think about how people influence you and how strong a bond is between coaches and players. It’s not unlike many small towns where the players never grow passed their glory days. A bronze Eddie Rake, at fifty, not the old man of seventy. Happens to all of us. Gdisham Lila and the girls are there, along with the grandkids and neighbors. Grisham demonstrated he could produce bestsellers without legal aid with The Painted House and Skipping Christmasand he’ll undoubtedly do so again with this slight but likable novel of high school football, a legendary coach and the perils of too early fame.

This was a good book I enjoyed the theme of sports and commodore throughout the town.

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They sat three in a row and watched another jogger limp by. The driver grrisham a heavyset man with faded jeans, a denim cap, a thick beard, and a limp.

No one had deserved it as much. Feb 21, Miria rated it liked it Shelves: Not even the cemetery.

I knew it was about football and didn’t expect it to be fast-paced or action-packed. As Coach Rake’s ‘boys’ sit in the bleachers waiting for the iohn field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake — or hate him.

It was not fun.