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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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. He now has cancer and is expected to die any day. He listens to an old audio-broadcast of one of their championship games. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The legacy of this man reverberates even as he takes his last breath.

To be honest, Neely was kind of stuck in the past and it was sad. This is a story of men’s loyalty, their toughness and their clumsy affection for each other. Bleachers is a nostalgic tale of dreams lost blfachers memories swirling. 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.

Then another team comes right behind you and you’re forgotten. It’s an easy read as Grisha I read this on the flight to Austin two weeks ago.

I do own Grisham books, but only because family members keep buying them for me on birthday’s and xmas’s. See all reviews. I’ve had this book for a long time, probably since it grlsham released in And yet, Crenshaw had to ask how many kids Paul had. Murder and Injustice in a Small Town. The book says that he isn’t close geisham Paul, but he still phones him times per year.


But at the same time, it has a nice message that anybody who has ever played youth sports should be able to understand. It proves that he can write outside his usual genre and just about get away with it. As this poignant story begins, famed high jogn football coach Eddie Rake, who was known for producing one extraordinary team after another until he was fired, lays dying. The stirring funeral scene may elicit a few tears, but Neely’s eulogy falls curiously flat. All the cute little girls will be mothers.

Jun 18, Kevin rated it really liked it. Whatever it was, it didn’t ultimately fill the void in my heart and I was always dissatisfied and looking for the next thing worthy of my time and attention. A lot of the boys who were very successful bleacherz life weren’t great ball players. The town of Messina is in mourning.

A whole new ball game

Write a customer review. If this book was part of a series, I would continue to read it because its very interesting on how it is set up with everything happening very quickly. You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy this book. But just when there’s the threat of inventive success, Grisham blows it, as the players switch off the tape and turn to each other’s versions of the match in dull dialogue.

View all 4 comments. Nov 24, Mike rated it it was amazing.

Theresa I think the author chose the setting because it is the story of Friday nights in just about every small town in the South. Somewhere out there is someone who heard that John Grisham was a great author, chose this as their first book of Grisham’s to read, and remains confused about the hype.


Neely Crenshaw He is the main character, and the author tells the story from his point of view. 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.

Bleachers by John Grisham

Bleachers uses flashbacks through out the whole story, mainly just showing what impact Eddie b,eachers on these men back in the day. His writing is competent but his characters lack depth. Nov 16, Amanda Patterson rated it did not like it. The characters are more flat than usual for a Grisham novel and lack the detailed developent I associate within author.

Books of the Week. I have read lots of other books from this author, and they were all fantastic reads, so maybe it was just this one book. Mar 21, Shaun rated it liked it. 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.

Some memories were good and others were bad, but by the end of the night they would end up realizing what a great man and coach Eddie Rake was.