Read Playing for Pizza by John Grisham Online


Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game against Denver, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually got into the game. With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstRick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game against Denver, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually got into the game. With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams.But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent, Arnie, find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds Arnie finally locates just such a team and informs Rick that, miraculously, he can in fact now be a starting quarterback–for the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.Yes, Italians do play American football, to one degree or another, and the Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player–any former NFL player–at their helm. So Rick reluctantly agrees to play for the Panthers–at least until a better offer comes along–and heads off to Italy. He knows nothing about Parma, has never been to Europe, and doesn’t speak or understand a word of Italian. To say that Italy holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement....

Title : Playing for Pizza
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780385525008
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 262 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Playing for Pizza Reviews

  • Ted
    2018-12-11 01:20

    I started reading John Grisham books when I was the nerdiest sixth grader of all time and thought I'd grow up to be a lawyer. And though I found none of them particularly memorable, I did enjoy his huge slew of legal thrillers back in the day.Out of pure curiosity I now occasionally pick up one of his more offbeat efforts, like this one about an American quarterback playing semi-pro football in Italy. This was, quite simply, one of the dumbest and strangest books I've ever read. At times, Grisham delves into such unbelievable detail in entirely extraneous descriptions of Italian food, culture and landmarks that it really seems as though this book's existence may have been the author's calculated ploy to tour Italy on his publisher's dime. But like many of Grisham's books, Playing for Pizza was hard to put down. It was a train wreck through and through, and I wanted desperately to get to the end so I could determine if a book could really be so stupid. Yes, it can. And while there were certainly witty aspects and interesting elements of the plot, Playing for Pizza stands as one of the worst books I've ever completed.

  • Mark
    2018-12-06 02:24

    I liked this story more than a little. I'm no big sports fan, but I enjoyed hearing about the physical aspects of football as described in this book. I'm also a big food nut, and liked how that was the second focus of this book. There was plenty of good humor. So, if you want a happy feel good book that doesn't strain the brain but makes you wince when the character strains something else. This title should be on your gameplan.Oh, I also listened to this in the car, and when I did dishes rather than read it. What? I'm multi-tasking.

  • Sara
    2018-11-18 04:24

    This is another gem from Grisham in which he gives us a glimpse of his tale-spinning away from the courtroom dramas. This time he whisks us away to Italy. The vivid descriptions of ingredients, foods, and full course meals will make you hungry - reminded me of reading Part 1 of Eat, Pray, Love. This book is a real treat if you enjoy international travel and are a football (NFL that is!) fan. But even if you aren't into quarterbacks you can easily skim the sporty paragraphs and still have a lot of fun feeling like you are jaunting around Italy along with the main character.

  • Jules Q
    2018-12-11 00:09

    A die-hard fan will read anything written by a favorite author, and I am that for John Grisham. I don’t always care for the end results, but I will always give his books my all. Last winter I finally got around to reading The Broker in which Grisham none-too-subtly extolled the virtues of the Italian culture. The premise of Playing for Pizza leaves no doubt that his entire point in writing this slim novel is to continue sharing that love affair with his readers. Pizza, above all else, is a lengthy love letter to Italy. The story of Pizza is simple and, honestly, not incrediby interesting. A washed-up and mediocre NFL quarterback has only one remaining opportunity to live out his sports dream — playing American football in Parma, Italy; I doubt that a true football fan could have withstood the setting, with so little of it present, and being the furthest thing from that fan, I found this “plot” little more than filler that I was anxious to breeze past. This small thread is barely a narrative as Grisham uses page after page to describe the foods and wine of Parma, the art and architecture, the history of the region. And while that was very interesting to me (and caused me to crave prosciutto and cheese in a way I never had before), I cannot say that I enjoyed this book. Reading it, and completing it, was simply a promise to always read Grisham’s offerings. I did not care for the main character, never seeing redemption in him, and I’ve always felt this was a tenet of Grisham’s novels, so Pizza was sorely lacking in many, many ways. But Playing for Pizza is a true summer novel, slim in size and breezy in content, and I was ready for such a break in my reading. I look forward now to Grisham’s most recent publication, a return to form and the reason I became a fan in the first place.

  • Mistersportsquiz
    2018-12-13 06:18

    An entertaining, quick read that will hasten your desire to see Italy. This is a departure from a typical Grisham novel, but it's a refreshing sports story with a romantic twist that will probably be made into a movie someday. Enjoy!

  • Tom
    2018-11-16 01:02

    A good rule to live by is that any book that has detailed descriptions of Italian meals is worth reading. I found Playing for Pizza very enjoyable and no exception to that rule. It tells the story of Rick Dockery, a journeyman third string quarterback in the NFL, who after a disastorous game in which he was the goat, can only find work on a semi-pro football team in Parma, Italy. Somewhat predictably, he rediscovers his love of the game, is welcomed by his gregarious teamates, and discovers the joys of Italy as an antidote to his many years of bouncing from apartment to apartment in city after city.What I really enjoyed about this book, other than the descriptions of meals, is that Grisham wasn't too ambitious. It's a quick, light, fun read. It doesn't have 800 pages to develop the main character. So Rick starts off as only a moderate asshole, essentially a decent guy who has somewhat negatively conformed to the world around him. He doesn't finish the story as a cultured lover of opera and baroque architecture. It's believable. Tolstoy, this is not (I don't know why I say things like that, I've never even read Tolstoy), but it's a really good read.

  • Marion
    2018-11-25 07:08

    a departure from Grishams usual, nevertheless i loved this book. the writing seemed so effortless and the characters are enjoyable.

  • Paul
    2018-11-22 00:05

    The author grabbed me by the arm and took me on a no-holds-barred, light-hearted adventure through the streets of Parma, Italy and into the world of football - served up Italian style. I eagerly assumed the role of tourist in this charming tucked-away city, sampled wonderful local wines, consumed mouth-watering pastas and cheeses and came to appreciate the hospitable charm of the warm, colorful people reserved only for the fortunate few. Needless to say, I was enthralled to visit there. John Grisham delivered a well-written narrative with a superb storybook ending.Third-string quarterback, Nick Dockery had endured a short-lived roller coaster career in the NFL. He had been traded more times than the common cold. His mediocre career came to a crashing halt when the twenty-eight year old suffered his most disastrous day on the turf. In a nutshell, he blew the Cleveland Browns playoff game for the Super Bowl. Needless to say, he was not a popular man among the many devoted fans. Again, he was pink-slipped.Understandably, no team in the NFL wanted anything to do with him. Hopelessly, his agent searched high and low and somehow found a team tucked away in Italy that was in need of a quarterback. He agreed to play just one season there for five months at a pittance of what he was used to getting in the NFL. For the first time since his old College days, he was placed as the starting quarterback of the Parma Panthers. That included pizza.He received a rousing welcome from his new teammates and the locals of the town. After all, he had played in the NFL which gave him a sort of celebrity status. It had felt great to be appreciated once again. It had been a long long time.Soon he befriended many players of the team. Though nowhere near as popular as soccer, his teammates were serious about their games. Winning was everything. After practice sessions, they all went out together for beer and pizza. Everyone cursed, laughed and drank. It was was like being part of one large family. For an added bonus, his non-existent love life had been rekindled when he met a visiting college student from the States. Turned out, they were a good match.The team had desperately wanted to win their first Italian Super Bowl. That's all that mattered to them. Their hopes, their dreams were largely invested in Rick. For all his past failures, the one thing he wanted most was redemption. Make-or-break, this was his last chance.Ciao.

  • Efka
    2018-12-14 03:13

    "Playing for pizza" is quite a strange book. Despite being written by Grisham, one of my favorite writers, it is so unlike his typical books, that I could have guessed it was written by, I dunno, Jodi Picoult or someone else, had I not known who actually wrote it. Now this book's also strange because it has no plot. Basically it's sort of a simplified diary of Rick's life in Italy, or, more like an account of what did he eat, where did he eat, what did he drink, where did he drink, what cafe, bar, trattoria or restaurant he visited, what landmarks did he see, and, occasionally, how did turn out a football match he played in. And you know what? I enjoyed it. It was quite a page-turner for me. Of course it's a short read, and had it been longer, most likely it would have bored me finally, but being as long as it is - just a 7-8 hours read, I had lots of fun. And why wouldn't I? It's a book about Italy, good food, beer, football and even a couple of cute dolls. What more could a man want? (Yes, that's actually sexist and chauvinist and perfectly legit for the last three+ hours - welcome to Orange World!) As I said, it's a quick read and most certainly not the most intellectual book you've ever seen, but it's quite good and odds-on you'll enjoy it, especially if you read it as a break from "normal" literature.

  • Charly
    2018-11-20 03:25

    When Grisham comes away from his cookie cutter legal works he shows an interesting skill as a storyteller. This is a fun and at times funny look at a has been NFL quarterback who chases his football dream to Italy. A fun and at times funny tale well told. Light and quick like much of his non-legal work but far more entertaining than the legal things he writes.

  • April
    2018-11-30 04:21

    I had never read John Grisham before and had never really thought to give him a try. Naturally, the one time I read him, I read something that's atypical of his usual work. It was my familiarity of his name that prompted me to pick him up at all, and then it was only because I anticipated a long wait at the doctor's office and needed something to read. I don't even read legal thrillers, and I'm really not that into football.Logical reading choice, isn't it?But the book had a cute premise: a third-string NFL quarterback really down on his luck plays for a team in Italy. Who even knew they played American football there?I was expecting one of those Bad News Bears type of stories, with some romantic comedy thrown in, and while I did get some of that Bad News Bears vibe, I was a little thrown off by the romantic interest. Rick the quarterback didn't end up with the girl that I thought he would, and I wasn't convinced that the girl he did end up with was the love of his life. It disappointed me a little.Plus, the football scenes kind of dragged for me. I was a cheerleader in high school and college, but that in no way helped me stay engaged in all the descriptions of the plays. I'm sure they would be exciting to any big football fan, but I found myself reading quickly over those passages just to gloss over the highlights and get on with the rest of the story. Then there's the point of view. Grisham uses the omniscient point of view in this novel, and it was a little jarring at first for me. I've become accustomed to reading deep, true, and consistent third person point of view and started off expecting the entire novel would be in Rick's point of view, especially as it started out that way, and since there is not one scene that doesn't include Rick himself, I felt the omniscient point of view was really unnecessary. I saw everyone else's thoughts and feelings as kind of intrusive head hopping.But the story was cute. I could see this working as a movie. I especially loved the food scenes, where each dish was lovingly described by the Italians -- made me ravenous for Italian food.Quick read, light fare.Finished reading August 14, 2008.

  • Salwa
    2018-12-01 23:08

    *3.5 starsThis is my second book of John Grisham. I did not expect this at all. The first book being The Associate, I thought Playing For 🍕 is very much in the same boat. I was so wrong. Hehe. Reading this book, I don't feel like reading a novel. It was more like travelogue to me. And of course I wish I can go to Italy. It was on my list. I am not a huge fan of sports. Occasionally I will watch football or they call it soccer in America. Here in Malaysia we called it football. But not that often. So, I don't really understand much apart from the brutality of it. But I enjoyed it. To my surprise of course. I love Rick. He found his life in Italy. But I kinda not satisfied with the ending. I want to know what his choices are. And of course I wanted to get to know Livvy more. Guess I just have to conclude that on my own then.

  • Jane Stewart
    2018-11-21 03:15

    I enjoyed seeing this guy make choices and changes in his life for the better. I didn’t want it to end.REVIEWER’S OPINION:Most of my reviews are on romance novels, so this is off genre for me. This is sports fiction plus some human relationships fiction. I liked it. It reminded me of underdog sports teams and/or athletes finding success or doing something positive. I did not understand some of the football jargon, but I enjoyed the story. As a side note, I believe this author is best known for his legal suspense thrillers, so this a change of genre for him as well.STORY BRIEF:Rick is an NFL backup quarterback who rarely plays. His weakness is that he does things to avoid being tackled rather than make the best play of the moment. He has had three concussions. He had terrible luck in one game causing his team to lose in the last 11 minutes when they had been ahead. No US team wants him, and the press ridicules him. His agent finds a job for him as quarterback for the Parma team in Italy. It doesn’t pay much. In fact, most of the team members are Italian and don’t get paid at all. Rick hadn’t had a serious female relationship in the past and usually found companionship with cheerleaders. He was disappointed that there were no cheerleaders in Parma. The story is about Rick’s life in Italy, the food he eats, and his relationships with the team members. He has trouble parking his stick-shift car. He goes to the opera, which he had never done before. Prior to Italy he didn’t seem to have outside interests. His life was football practice, games, being on the road and dating cheerleaders. In Parma some new things happen including meeting a couple of (non-cheerleader) women which was fun to watch.MORE REVIEWER’S OPINION:On his first night in Parma, the coach takes Rick to a local restaurant. The description of Rick eating wonderful food actually motivated me to go to two Italian restaurants. Unfortunately, the restaurants didn’t have the same food that Rick ate. The book starts out a little slow, but Rick grew on me. He did some neat things for the team, and I liked his female experiences. The story had a feel good ending, but I was a little disappointed because I didn’t want it to end.DATA:Story length: 306 pages. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: none. Setting: current day U.S. and Italy. Copyright: 2007. Genre: sports and relationships fiction.

  • 06FosterK
    2018-11-22 05:24

    playing for pizza...... playing for pizza represents many things .... drive.. passion.. love for the game... and true determation. this book got gave to me by my dad i first i thought what in the heck could this mean. so i started reading the first 10 pages i read the first ten pages and got bored. the next day i kept reading as i got into it i couldnt find my self time to put it down. wich is suprising for me since i am not a fan of reading expecially books i dont chose my self. i think that one thing that made this book different and un like the other books is that it had drive and edge. once i kept reading on i found that it got boring in the middle about the time he gets totally wasted in the bar reading that part thinking next is going to be a fist kickin fight to the duel wich sadly ends up bringing the two charchters togethrer closer then they where befor shame.! something about this player though rick sets him apart atlthough he is the mosdt hated person in clevland he is still cocky as crap and thinks he is the pimp shiz. wrong everyone wants to kill you dumb nuts. but back to italy so ricks agent get him a team call the parma panthers? not for sure but its not a fairly good team but the coach has motivation and wich helps him out later in the book to win the champoishop of italy. but there is another player on the team from america the running back from college he didnt get drafted looking for a job somewhere kinda left to come to here so the next part is that he finds his love there and she becomes ricks girlfriend and all that good stuff wich i prefer not to talk about..... next he keeps playing nearly giving up after he thinks this isnt worth it i have a degree i donti go use it until he gets some friendly words of ingoraugment.

  • Book Concierge
    2018-11-27 03:05

    Book on CD read by Christopher Evan WelchRick Dockery doesn’t know anything but football, but he’s obviously not very good at it. In six years, he played with eight teams. Now no one wants him, unless it’s to beat him up for his latest performance, which basically handed the AFC championship to the rival team. But … it seems that Italy is bonkers for American football, and the Parma Panthers are in need of a quarterback. And leaving for Europe will also keep a former cheerleader’s attorneys from filing a paternity suit against Rick. So off he goes.What’s the male equivalent of chick-lit? Jock-lit? Well, whatever term we use, this novel is it. Light on plot (and what’s there is predictable), a little romance, a life lesson learned (sort of), and a lot of football. I’m not a fan of this sport, so much of the book with detailed descriptions of game plays was lost on me. But it was a quick read, fulfilled several challenges, and I enjoyed some of the scenes that explored Italian culture (and food). But Grisham is definitely capable of better writing that this.Evan Welch does a fairly good job of voicing the audio. He has good pacing and I liked the way he voiced the Italians – even when I was listening ad double speed on my MP3.

  • Marianne Franks
    2018-11-27 00:01

    This book has no point. It is a hallmark/lifetime after school special minus the I can't look away factor.

  • Rebecca
    2018-12-12 07:04

    Not a clean read. I'm picky about that sort of thing.

  • Jim Thornton
    2018-12-01 00:25

    This must rate as one of the most awful books I have ever read. Why didn't I give up after 30 pages? Because I was trapped on a nine hour flight with nothing else to read. It's almost hard to decide where to start insulting this piece of mind-cabbage.First, I've read most of Grisham's books, and have generally enjoyed them, so this isn't a rant against an author I dislike, but against this particular book. Second, the whole setting is farcical. Americans may enjoy this as they understand American Football, and their acquaintance with Italy is likely limited to Pizza Hut, but for Europeans you'd be better reading the Tel Aviv Times (in Hebrew) to understand the rubbish about the football. I note several reviews comment on the food descriptions - but again for Europeans, this is far from unknown - and in fact they weren't even that good.Third, to the content. A truly feeble plot. The characters are so shallow it's not true (if you met Rick Doherty) you'd have forgotten his name by the time he'd finished speaking, and virtually no character at all was fleshed outl. This was TV Soap Opera written down.Finally, there is an 'author note' at the end of the book. It comments that the author 'stumbled across' NFL when in Italy. So presumably he thought that was sufficient justification to fleece his readers of some money on some rubbish he probably took a week to write. This book is a big stumble indeed.I don't think I need to conclude by saying this wasn't a good book. You might have already guessed that. But if it was just poor or disappointing I wouldn't vent this much spleen on it. Howevert, it is an insult to his readers, an insult to non-americans (keep the publication in the US??), and a book I will now always associate with a writer whom I otherwise quite respect. Zero out of ten. Oops. I've just realised I bought the Associate and it's waiting to be read.I pray for better things.

  • Trudy
    2018-12-02 23:05

    With Playing for Pizza, Grisham once again proves that he should restrict himself to writing legal thrillers. Though not quite as horrible as Skipping Christmas, Playing for Pizza is a novel that probably would not have been published, were it not for its author's famous name.I am an avid football fan, and reading this novel with yet another week to go before the 2012 football season begins (college and pro), I was able to tolerate the blow-by-blow descriptions of the football games and practices...up to a point. Grisham, however, far exceeded that point with what seems to be unnecessary filler...much like his ENDLESS description of the food of Parma and later (thanks to Lizzy) the historic architecture/art of northern Italy. (Can you say tax write-off?)I have always liked Grisham's legal thrillers, but after two unpleasant experiences, I have promised myself to never pick up another non-legal novel by Grisham again. If only the publishers (and John Grisham!) would forgo the "easy money" they make by hoodwinking Grisham's devoted readers!Two stars just because Skipping Christmas was even worse...this really probably only deserves one and a half.

  • Bobbi
    2018-12-03 03:21

    We listened to this on an audio book from Tye. I agreed with his view that it wasn't great writing, and, for Grisham, not even an intense legal story. It's about a released NFL quarterback who gets picked up to play for a team in Parma, Italy. Tye said Grisham probably went to his editor and offered to write a story there as an excuse to get to live in Italy for a while, and I would buy that supposition. His story was weak but the descriptions of food were mouthwatering. The parmesan cheese and parma ham. The pizza and pasta. The wines. And the nice Italian people. We will be there next week savoring it all (ok, not the wines). Can't wait. And the story was worth it just for the descriptions. Ciao!

  • Tinea
    2018-11-21 04:09

    This is Eat, Pray, Love: For Men(TM). I legitimately respect myself less for how much I enjoyed this book. OK, self, the streak of mindless drivel books has to end here.

  • David Highton
    2018-11-17 23:13

    A gentle little story of a failed quarterback moving to the Italian version of American football - I found it quite interesting on the sports angle as someone who does not know much about that game. Possible US sports fan readers might not agree. The rest of the book is a little romance and a homage to Italy, which Grisham clearly loves. Read it one sitting.

  • C.J. Prince
    2018-11-18 04:23

    I can't believe I'm reading this book. Why am I reading this book? Where did it come from? It's such a guy book. It's in a stack of to-reads at the side of the bed. I need a quick read before reviewing "great Expectations" for the next book group. I pick it up. I read the first page. Why?Then my obstinate why-not comes pouncing forward. A book about football. What? I went to one Broncos game around 1973. Later would meet a bunch of stoned players back stage at various events. I don't "get it" on or off field.John Grisham is a prolific, nationally acclaimed writer. I keep reading. Notice his style. He's excellent on details. And he built a sympathetic, wounded hero. By the time I read to the first detailed food scene in Italy, I know I'm hooked. I'll read to the end.Whoever heard of an Italian NFL? I'm rooting for Rick, the main character, who picks up a contract with the Italian Panthers with his tail between his legs and US sport reporters jabbing at him in the cruelest way. Can he hide out in Italy? Will he care about this working class team? Will his ego survive the endless head injuries--or his body. How many lies are spewed from the mouth of his agent?I actually enjoyed this book. For many of you, it may deserve another star or two. It really just isn't my subject matter. Nevertheless, I did not toss it in the trash, and I still haven't discovered who gave me the book. I think I will pass it along to the chefs in the family. Good menus for carnivores.

  • Anne
    2018-12-03 06:15

    I am a shameless fan of John Grisham. I find his legal thrillers comforting, even though they follow the same formula everytime. But, his non-legal books have never quite held the same appeal for me (Bleachers and The Painted House, for example). So, I was a little hesitant to pick this one up - but he's always a fast read, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Playing for Pizza is the story of a third-string NFL quarterback. He's spent his career bouncing from team to team, until he absolutely blows the AFC championship in Cleveland and no team wants to touch him. Humiliated, he ships off to Parma, Italy to play for the little known Football Americano league overseas. There, he encounters a team of Italians who with little financial support from the country, play for the love of the game, and of course - for pizza. As the American is introduced to Italian feasts and the beauty of opera, he is forced to rediscovery the true meaning of football. Sounds cheesy - and it is. This book is horrible. But for the occassional swear word and the multiple sexual references, I think this would be about the speed for an 8-year old boy who enjoys reading books about sports (ala Matt Christopher). The soft spot in my heart for Grisham makes me want to find something about this book that was wonderful, so I can recommend it. The food descriptions did make me crave a little pasta - but, for that kind of reading, I think Under the Tuscan Sun and Eat, Pray, Love do the job much better.

  • Eva LeNoir
    2018-11-14 01:12

    To be honest, I was not planning on leaving a review. I mean, seriously, this is John Grisham with almost three thousand reviews so who cares about my little grain of sand on an endless beach? But then I read the reviews posted here on Goodreads and decided to voice my own opinion. I started reading John Grisham when I was a sophomore in college and babysitting for my English Lit professors' kids. Needless to say, I devoured those novels like they were going out of style. As much as I love the courtroom drama and the legal stories that make you ignore your daily chores because, damn it, you have to at least finish the chapter, I have to say that Playing for Pizza, for me, was a poetic ode to Italian culture. Why is that a bad thing? Yes, the descriptions of the sights, smells and tastes are profound and in detail but having lived 7 years in Italy, I practically salivated through each one of those scenes. Maybe those readers who criticized this one particular aspect of the novel had never been to Italy, if such is the case, then I suggest you listen to the audio version, close your eyes and let the descriptions take you away. I loved this book. I loved the fact that Grisham refers to this culture and country as though it were an exquisite woman shedding her clothing and reaching out to him like an irresistible muse. No complaints here. None.

  • Janell
    2018-12-02 06:00

    Short review: a nice travelogue/play-by-play in the life of a washed up football player discovering the romance and life changing elixir that is Italy. Long review: I’ve read, or attempted to read, many John Grisham novels since The Firm, including A Time to Kill, which I found more riveting than The Firm, if not as quickly read. But Playing for Pizza was reminiscent of The Firm in that, like an old friend, I’d found the familiar easy prose that made me want to read The Firm in the first place. While Playing for Pizza is not as fast paced, nor in the same genre as The Firm, it did remind me why I like John Grisham’s writing style. And that is something I’d forgotten somewhere between The King of Torts and…well, whatever I’d read just because it had John Grisham’s name on it. This is an easy read that took my mind off of the horrors and injustices I’d felt after watching parts of Ken Burns The War. Didn’t watch The War? Substitute for The War anything that is frustrating or disturbing in your life. A pleasant, relaxing, bubble bath escape to everyday life. I look forward to future non-legal-genre novels by Mr. Grisham (and, his legal genre novels as well - because...he's just a good writer.)

  • Seamus
    2018-11-16 02:11

    I liked the book, it is very funny and if you love football you will like this book. Rick Dockery is a football player who's career is pretty much over. He's a member of the Denver Broncos, and has been on practically every NFL team. His last mistake was a third concussion during the Superbowl. His manager Arnie is trying to gey him a job on another NFL team, people are sending him death threats and hate him. Arnie finds a team in Parma, Italy that is desperate to have any Pro-Football Player no matter how bad

  • Maira
    2018-12-11 00:06

    So... I know nothing about American football. But what compelled me was the synopsis. And the book gave off a sign that the character might me an underdog and underappreciated. Plus, I liked that in the end, he found himself and is happy with where he was.I didn't mind that this book was about football because this book was kind of fun and relaxed. And I loved that it's set in Italy. Sometimes, I just need a little change of atmosphere.

  • Rachael Cavinder
    2018-12-08 05:11

    I needed a book at the last minute, and this was a free read sitting near the exit as I was leaving for the day. I like Grisham's writing, but wasn't in the mood for a legal book, so when I saw it was about football, that's all it took. It only took me about 2-3 days to read this book. I liked the main character, and the premise of the story. I thought it ended too soon, so would look forward to a sequel.

  • Chris Dietzel
    2018-12-06 06:17

    A light and humorous read and nothing like the other Grisham books I've read. Grisham does a good job of not getting too much into the details of football and only occasionally adds a little too much detail into Italian food. He also does a good job of inserting light comedy throughout to make the characters more likeable. I never would have guessed that the guy who wrote all those legal thrillers also wrote this and was pleasantly surprised by the departure.