A Book a Day, Day 12, Bleachers

A Book a Day, Day 12, Bleachers

“The same boys who get detention in elementary school for beating the crap out of people are now rewarded for it.  They call in football.” -Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak


It’s college football season so that makes me happy.  We gave up cable for about six months and I was fine with it, adjusted to not having 24 hour news or Project Runway, but Jason couldn’t face football season without cable.  How would we see the games?  How would we listen to incessant chatter about said games without 800 ESPN channels?  How could we be happy without Saturday football?  So, we’ve got cable again. I’m not complaining but we did fail our no cable experiment. I guess I can take comfort in the fact that it wasn’t me with the problem 🙂

Ohio State looks pretty good. How about your teams?

Bleachers by John Grisham was a good choice for the challenge and season.  It’s on the shorter side and about high school football. The audio was read by Grisham himself and I always like to try those. I’d say about half of authors make good narrators.  Grisham was fine but I was bored even with all the football talk.  The story did a lot of meandering but didn’t feel much like we got anywhere by the end.

What’s it about – An all-star quarterback returns to his Texas hometown when he hears that his old football coach is dying.  He meets up with other players doing the same and is drawn back into a town that sees him as a legend.  Can he make peach with his past?

What did I learn – Football is king?

Who would like it – I’m not sure.  There’s a lot of football talk and a real sense of brotherhood among the players, so it maybe football fans or players looking to relive the glory days of high school.


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