Don't read this book unless you're American... Oct 27, 2007
... and before you shout me down, as a UK reader, I really didn't enjoy this book and feel it was because it was so firmly set within US cultural high school mores. I spent my 10th. year in 5th grade of a Miami elementary school, and returned to family in the States throughout my teenage years and beyond - so I 'got' most of the baseball references and aspects of the culture but just couldn't work up any engagement with the characters. The sports coach at my elementary school was indeed an evil sadist - so I could even identify with that aspect of the tale. Maybe it was because the story lines were very tired and cliched. The 'familiar stranger' who revisits his high school haunts and sees everyone with an insight that their lives have been too shallow for them to share... groan. I tried to read the book twice, eventually forcing myself just to finish it and get it over with. It was given to me by a committed Grisham fan here in the UK who felt disappointed with the book and wondered if my knowledge of the US would make a difference. It didn't: we have to recognise that 'Bleachers' just doesn't travel well.