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Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
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May 09, 2012

really liked it
Read from May 03 to 09, 2012

I have looked at this book time and again at the library, and although I am a Grisham reader and truely enjoy his legal thrillers I was never excited about this book. Finally I decided to give it a try and thouroughly enjoyed every minute spent in it.

The protaginist Rick is a down on his luck 3rd string QB in the NFL, who wakes up in the hospital with a cuncussion and no idea how he got there....the rest of the world (particularly Cleveland and denver), however does. He blows his big chance and blows a seemingly unblowable lead the seems to finalize that his playing days are over. With no job offers and some pending legal troubles on the horizon he agrees aginst his heartfelt desires to accept a contract to play football in Italy. The story in interesting and sometimes humerous as Rick deals with a media circus that likes to beat him up in print and his rediscovering that he truely loves the game of football. I felt like Italy came to life on the pages before me...NO I have never been to Italy, so I don't know if it was an accurate picture...but It felt real, and instilled a desire in me to want to be there, and see the sights, history and especially taste the food.

Not my normal reading genre, but I seem to be experimenting and might not have a set in stone genre typecast anymore, anyway! very cool read.
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