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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The funeral and the final showdown with the jilted first love provide answers. At best it was ok. Jun 13, Eddie Owens rated it it was ok. I have read this, and i don’t recommend it unless you are 10 years old and want to start reading adult fiction.

They slowly open up to each other sharing stories of the coach, not always glowing ones and in the memories of these players, the character of a dying man comes to life. During the funeral, High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarter back to Rake and Crenshaw realized a lot once he heard some words from his old Coach.

The book focuses on whether the famous Eddie Rake, former coach of the Messina High School football team, was loved or hated by his former players. Feb 21, Miria rated it liked it Shelves: It was only when I realised that my greatest need was God and that He was the only Person I should be worshiping that my life changed.

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As girsham condition 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. Rabbit A tall gangly man who had been hired as a teacher at Messina High School even though he had never gone beyond the ninth grade. Eddie Rake was a tough, mean, high school football coach with undefeated teams for many years.


Discover what to read next. This is a novella or a short story, not a novel. Sold by RiverCitysales and ships from Amazon Fulfillment.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Nice page read. I was left wondering why Grisham bothered to write it. 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. There is a mystery involving the legendary ’87 championship, and Neely bleacers unfinished business with an old high school sweetheart, but neither story line comes to much.

However, Eddie only appears towards the end, and in a coffin. The dialogue, especially that of Neely’s friend Paul Curry, is sometimes wooden as characters recall Messina history in paragraphs that were perhaps better left to the narrator.

This football team came together to honor their football coach bleacheds passes away. In turn, Hilton’s inevitable victories comforted readers who needed assurance that right prevails, honor is worth the effort and adult role models exist in America’s high schools.

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Sadly,the relationship betwe A High school football star comes back to his hometown to bid farewell to his dying coach. Write a customer review. I felt the author may have been experimenting – trying a different style of writing. But Grisham has otherwise written a well-made, entertaining–if a bit sentimental–story. Read more Read less. Grisham’s voice calls to mind that of Martin Sheen; he reads quietly and doesn’t modulate his voice as the various team members tell their stories. The plot was missing too, but maybe it was supposed to be.


The Fugitive Theodore Boone: Neely ny with other guys about the past It was not fun. Simultaneous release with the Doubleday hardcover Forecasts, Aug. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

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Literally read this short novel in a day. Bleachers was a good read that I highly enjoyed. I would like to see how the team and everyone around would handle the whole situation. Lincoln Award Nominee Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Later during the funeral, Neely changes his mind and realizes how much he loves his coach Eddie Rake. Perhaps he wanted to evoke his own schooldays when he was, the press release declares, an occasional quarterback for the Chargers of Southaven High School. Neely can’t forget her and she can’t forgive him for leaving her for the legs and lungs of the vixen. Kid Lawyer Theodore Boone: Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Overall, this is a tale about closure and burying grudges along with the past.