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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  33,328 ratings  ·  3,146 reviews
John Grisham is now an institution -- a writer whose bestselling status is assured, So assured, in fact, that expectations for each new book are as high as can be imagined. Does The Appeal make the grade? And will it appeal to Grisham admirers -- or disappoint them?

The stakes in the novel's plot are high: corporate crime on the largest scale. The duo of lawyers at the cent

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Hardcover, 355 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Doubleday (first published 2002)
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babyhippoface
Jan 28, 2008 babyhippoface rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who are on the edge and just need one teensy push to go completely over?
This book has made me angrier than any I've read in years.

Okay, first off --what is with the absolutely horrid neon orange color of the jacket back? Who picked this? Must have been colorblind. Each time I reached for this book my eyes felt violated.

*SPOILER ALERT* If you haven't read it yet, stop reading now...

Second, well, let's just say it: the ending was even more offensive than the neon orange jacket back. The book was well-written, compelling (and yes, possibly completely undeserving of tha...more
Melissa
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Jason Miller
John Grisham's books have been getting steadily worse, ever since the Painted House (another lame book). What happened to the excellent author that produced such books as The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Street Lawyer, and Runaway Jury? I think he's out to lunch. I keep reading his new books, hoping he'll come back, but so far, no luck.
This is his worst in a long line of bad books. Stay away from this one, as well as his other latest, The Innocent Man. They are boring, long, and a chore to get...more
Alicia
Feb 02, 2008 Alicia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: liberal politicians with a distinct agenda
As I began reading this book, I was very worried that it sounded too familiar. It reminded me of "Law & Order" episodes that are "ripped from the headlines." Whenever I hear that, I think, come on, can't you guys think of anything new? Saying that, the storyline of Grisham's latest began in that similar sort of way. I was pretty convinced that it was going to be boring.

I was very pleasantly surprised that only after a few chapters, I started to find it pretty interesting. While the trial por...more
Johnny
The Appeal wouldn't make a successful film. At times, it appears to accede to the Hollywood formula, but then, it retreats to Grisham's forte'--realism. Oh, I know Grisham's work isn't as gritty as the descriptions of the world of meat-packing in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, the vivid characterizations of a couple fighting in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and the Damned, or the depiction of blatant sexism in Sinclair Lewis' The Job (or even in Ann Vickers, his thinly veiled roman a clef ba...more
Rick
Apr 12, 2008 Rick rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: trial lawyers seeking confirmation of their world-view
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Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
I read this in April of 2008 after Justice Nehring (of the Utah Supreme Court) told me he was listening to it on CD during his commute each day. Three quarters of my way through it, he told me it was not worth finishing. He was right.

Talk about much ado about nothing. The novel starts strong, provides an interesting conflict, and than (spoiler alert) completely drops the ball. Not that the bad guy has to lose and the good guy has to win every time, but the characters are skewed and distorted so...more
Ty
Apr 18, 2009 Ty added it
don't read this piece of shit. what the hell grisham?, you're usually so solid.
Mona
It didn't take me long to finish this book. As usual, I like John Grisham's style of writing; crisp, fast-flowing and gripping. I also get to know a lot of new words that I have never heard of before. I get to know a lot of jargon from the law world.

I gave it 4 stars because of what John is trying to reveal in this book. He certainly lifts the lid on corporate obscene greed and insatiable appetite for moving up the 'Forbes' list, even if that meant treading over the misery of others. It delves...more
Jessica Sue
I'd like to appeal the ending to this shitty book.
Michelle
Alright...well, I admit that I read a few one and two star reviews before posting mine because I wanted to read what the nay-sayers had to say about the book. I was pretty sure I knew what they wouldn't like, and I was pretty sure I would disagree. I was right. I understand others' chagrin with Grisham's choice of ending, but I thought it was refreshing. It's about time someone bucked the system and didn't give us a patented ending, all tied up with a pretty bow.

So here is the deal. Mississippi...more
Emily
Jul 15, 2008 Emily rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one, or maybe people who are idiots
Recommended to Emily by: my mom
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Johnny Story
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Shevawn
I admit, I like a lot of Grisham's novels; I especially like them when spending long hours on an airplane, as I did recently. I found this book to be very disturbing; it has definitely affected the way I will view future election campaigns for judges. I also liked how his Christian characters were reflective of the current Christian culture, even though they bothered me at times because of that. The ending surprised me, as it took some surprising turns the last 60 or so pages.
Laura
The Appeal is a book every American should read. It essentially explains how wealthy companies can literally buy judges - as in, have one taken out and a new one installed - in order to make decisions in their favor and protect them from having to pay damages to the people they maim with their practices.

It also goes over the importance to the average citizen of being able to sue for malpractice or damages from defective or unsafe products.

It was so dead-on that when i bought the hardcover (used)...more
Michelle
I have read numerous John Grisham books and have continued to pick them up because I have enjoyed them. I have always found his books to a be an entertaining and easy read. Once I pick up the book, I usually have to keep reading until the end. With this book, I was bored by page two. The book is about the big bad company that poisons the water of the unsuspecting small town. The company is bad, bad, bad, and the small town villagers are good, good, good. The lawyers for the company are BAD and t...more
John
Last Thursday, Nov 14, I went to Deseret Industries with my wife so she could buy some white cups and bowls for a still-life she wanted to create for an art class she was teaching Saturday. While she was looking for her white things, I decided to go look at the books, even though I now spend most of my reading time on my Kindle. To my delight I found what looked like a brand new hardback copy of The Appeal by John Grisham for only $2. I read a little at the beginning and decided I hadn't read it...more
Marcy Nisbeth
May 17, 2008 Marcy Nisbeth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all my friends
Recommended to Marcy by: myself
Another amazing book by Grisham! At this time of elections, we are facing a few judicial seats to be elected instead of appointed by a non-partisan board. This, as Grisham has so aptly pointed out, is not what the judges should be doing . . . running a campaign for a judicial seat! These people, for the most part, are judges with a full time job on the bench and should NOT have to try to go out and stump the campaign trail while trying to decide very important cases in front of them at this very...more
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The Appeal is a powerful, timely, and shocking story of political and legal intrigue, a story that will leave readers unable to think about our electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again.
Shocking isn't the half of it.

I love a good mystery. Love when the story takes twists and turns I never saw coming. The Appeal has that and more.

There are only a few books I've read that really get under my skin. You know th...more
Eliece
What I learned from this book is that supreme court justices should be appointed not elected like politicians because then they get bought out by big businesses and the one with the most money wins and this is BAD, BAD, BAD. (point made, Mr. Grisham) This book is lacking a storyline, character development, excitement of any kind, and all other desireable elements of a novel. I usually like John Grisham but this book is BORING, BORING, BORING. In Grisham's honor I will recommend The Innocent Man,...more
Rick
Grisham seems to get worse with every book. This conspiracy novel that is so agenda driven isn't worth a library late fee.
John Yelverton
A dim and unappealing view of the American court and corporate world.
The Writer
There is this small round sticker on the book cover that tips “His first legal thriller in 3 years”. Something that I just noticed after I finished the book officially minutes ago.

If the existence of that sticker is solely to excuse the book’s major crap quality, I dissent. However, it does provide an explanation about why this book should not allowed to sit side by side with other Grisham’s novels and why it only qualifies as toilet reading in my honest opinion.

As a Grisham fan through and thro...more
Marie-Jo Fortis
Frankly, I don't get all the negative reviewing about THE APPEAL. I read about a dozen of Grisham novels and got addicted, not so much for the style, but for the cleverness of the plots and the message of redemption at the end of many of his novels. When I got to PLAYING FOR PIZZA, however, I thought, what's that? Where has Grisham gone? But I didn't give up. I then pickep up THE LAST JUROR. Slow, slow pace there. Still, I appreciated the psychology and the Balzacian approach and I could see Gri...more
James
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Greg
I have enjoyed many of John Grisham's books. This was not one of them.

I did not come away from reading this book convinced that trial lawyers are the heroes Grisham portrays them to be in this novel. I am also unconvinced that outrageously large jury awards are good. I am unconvinced that it is worse to have a candidate funded by a few big corporations than it is to have a candidate funded by a few rich ambulance-chasing attorneys.

In introducing his "corporate" candidate for the Mississippi Supr...more
David
John Grisham just doesn't really fully enjoy writing legal thrillers anymore and it shows. While "The Appeal" begins with a bang, sets up an interesting story, it just falls short of greatness in a landslide into mediocrity.

The story revolves around a huge court case in which a chemical company is ordered to pay over 40 million bucks to a woman who lost her son and husband to cancer, caused by the company's shameless dumping of toxic chemicals. Immediately, the company appeals the decision to th...more
Corey
The story is ok, but the political statement is quite prescient. Big corporations must engage in extremely hazardous activities in the ordinary course of business. Often it is expensive and disruptive to follow rules and basic common sense. Sometimes ordinary people get in the way and happen to die of nasty things like leukemia. When this happens they sue. Big law firms drag these cases out for many years, spend many millions, and avail themselves of many procedural tools to delay, obfuscate and...more
ambimb
I picked this up in the Minneapolis airport on Christmas day during a 4-hour layover on my way to Montana. It was the number one paperback bestseller at the time and I had interviewed for a job three days previously where the book and the related real-life SCOTUS case were part of our conversation, so it was a natural choice. I've also always enjoyed the Grisham stories, although I think the only other one I've read (rather than seen in movie form) is "The Firm."

In all respects, this is a typic...more
Dave
This book and No Country For Old Men have a bit in common. Not in subject matter, although the pursuit of money could be a combining factor, but that's about it. What I mean by the comparison is the endings. If you don't want the book spoiled, then just stop reading now. Or the movie for that matter!

As with most, if not all, people that read this book I was waiting for the happy ending. Except, it never came. I truly did not expect this from Grisham. But I must admit, I like when authors take a...more
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"Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of...more
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