Thursday, October 22, 2009

Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger

Under the stadium lights, the Permian Panther football team enters the field with the crowd roaring behind them. This is the setting for H.G. Bissinger's Friday Night Lights, a tale about a struggling Texas town which looks forward to one thing: the high school football team's Friday night games. The story is told from the perspective of a reporter who followed the team for a year. At the beginning of the season, the team is predicted to win state and the players are feeling the pressure. To make matters worse, the star running back, James Miles, gets injured in a pre-season game. Friday Night Lights is more than just a football story; it's a story about struggling times, racism and the life of normal high school students. What makes this book work is the feeling of realism and by the end of the book, there is a connection between the reader and the students. The fact this is a work of non-fiction makes this one of the best sport books of all time.

Sean K.

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