Many reviews have said 'you don't have to like football to enjoy this book' and I suppose that's true. But loving HS football, and understanding plays being called and positions in the game make Truman's novel richer and a joy to read.
With all respect to the real-life characters involved in "The Blind Side", "GAME" is the fictional, action filled, non-chick-lit alternative. Uplifting, inspiring without being maudlin.
The synopsis is available, so I won't repeat the storyline...but the characters in GAME are what pull you in and keep you there, wrapped in small town Oklahoma high school football. From Coach Doyle to his young team members and especially his "recruits" with troubled lives, I found myself not only believing the characters but truly caring about them.
I recommended this book to a friend remarking that, during the first few chapters, Truman does skip back and forth in time--but instead of finding it distracting, I learned the depth of...
I was given this book by the author and he autographed it for me. We had met while I worked customer service for the United States Postal Service in Broken Arrow, OK. He is truly a kind and gifted person. What you read in the book is the character of the author. His values and his kindness, this is a book that everyone should buy and read.
After reading all the rave reviews of GAME, especially the ones that assured me that I wouldn't have to know how to play football for me to enjoy it, I was eager to read the book. However, I nearly gave up after struggling to understand what was going on in the first two chapters when play by play descriptions were given. When I got to Doyle's story, I was able to see what everyone was talking about because the writing was indeed excellent, with gripping emotions and superb vivid imagery. All of the characters had sharply defined and three-dimensional personalities along with distinctive, individualized speech patterns. But -- and it's a big "but" -- I still ended up only understanding about half of the book which was extremely frustrating! I've never seen a live football game and I wouldn't understand what was going on if I did without someone next to me explaining everything that happened. (My husband is a brilliant scientist and does not follow any team sport so, unlike some of the...
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