The setting takes place in a small town called Messina, Mississippi. Before founding out that it took place in Mississippi, the beginning of the novel had a southern vibe where the folks enjoy red and yellow maple plants grow, but still have dirt roads to park in (...
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...pen arms to Rake when not many did because of the death of a player, Rake showed a different side to him. Rake showed that there was more to him than just football and discipline.
Bleachers holds emotional characters with stories of their own. It describes any town or city that loses someone that is a significant figure. Even though it may be fictional, the amount of emotions each player goes through seems accurately real to how any human being would feel losing their coach. The novel illustrates how one person needs to forgive and move on with their lives because if you hold a grudge for too long, it will eventually eat every single day. “Once you’ve played for Eddie Rake, you carry him with you forever. You want his advice on how to overcome failure because he never taught us it.”
Grisham, John. Bleachers. New York: Bantam Dell, 2004. Print.
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