2.09.2008

Book Review: Playing for Pizza



Playing for Pizza by John Grisham

I'm not really sure what's going on with John Grisham.

He writes great courtroom procedurals, is still wildly popular to his devoted fans, and yet he keeps veering off into...well, not such good territory.

This treacly-sweet novella chronicles a washed up quarterback who decides to play football for the Parma Panthers - In Italy. Naturally, the food is wonderful, he finds love, they win the big game, blah blah blah...

What a mess.

Even as someone enchanted by Italy and a big football fan, I found this a disappointing, rather silly novel that in no way reflected Grisham's former ability to write a tight, engaging story. I didn't like the main character, I didn't care about the silly, selfish girl, it had no humor and very little LIFE.

Stick to the courtroom, dude. Pizza and football in Italy? Not so much...

At least it was short!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My experience with Playing for Pizza is with the audio book. I love Italy, but am not crazy about football. Nevertheless, I didn't think the book was that bad!