Saturday, June 21, 2008

Review of John Grisham’s Bleachers

This is not a typical John Grisham book, nor in my opinion, as good, although enjoyable enough and readable. Bleachers is not a story about a lawyer, a law firm, or a scandalous crime, characteristic of many books by John Grisham. Rather, it is the story of high school football as told by a few former players as they reminisce their days of glory. Centered in a small town dedicated to the sport, Bleachers explores the relationship between the overvalued former team players and their revered coach.

What doesn't work? For one, nothing really happens. We have former teammates coming together at the bleachers of the high school field while their past coach lay dying. Now that in itself shouldn't make it a lesser book*, but with less action there needs to be more character development. And in Bleachers, character development is lacking.

If you want a quick, easy-to-read, book that can easily be put down and picked back up later, this works. If you are looking for something more meaningful or suspenseful, then I recommend looking elsewhere.

*One of my favorite books is Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom and not a lot happens in it either