01 August 2012
Review: Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
There are ultimately two books here - one is about the season of a top-tier high school football team, the other about the town in Texas that the school is in.
The football story is great.
The town story, not so much.
My problem with this book is not so much the writing or the story itself. My issue is more with the position the author takes about a certain topic. You can definitely get the feeling of distaste and dislike about the town, its priorities, and its beliefs throughout, and it really takes you out of the story - even if I agree with him! Let us make our own decisions as to how we feel about these people.
There are a lot of interesting people in town, on and off the team. You definitely get invested in a lot of the goings on, and the book succeeds on that level. It's just unfortunate that the author couldn't trust us to take the extra steps.
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