My Bookclub’s Review – The Rooster Bar – by John Grisham
The book club I belong to at our local branch library has just finished reading The Rooster Bar by John Grisham. We discussed everything from the cover, the plot, characters and also compared it to his other books. I’ve posted our review along with questions you may want to ask at your own book club.
About the Author
Long before the days of becoming a New York Times Best Seller, Grisham worked as a lawyer at a Southaven Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time to write early in the mornings and during courtroom recesses.
His first novel A Time to Kill was rejected numerous times before being accepted by Wynwood Press in 1988. His second book The Firm was the beginning of a solid writing career when movie rights were brought by Paramount Pictures and the book became the bestselling novel of 1991.
When he’s not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his, Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.
The Synopsis of The Rooster Bar
Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.
But maybe there’s a way out. Maybe there’s a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they would first have to quit school. And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right? Well, yes and no . . .
Pull up a stool, grab a cold one, and get ready to spend some time at The Rooster Bar.
I’m a huge fan of John Grisham’s work and have been since I read his book the Firm, which was later made into a movie. Having said that, I have to say, I was somewhat disappointed with this book. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good read, it just fell short in a few places.
A group of lawyer students, about to graduate from law school find themselves buried in debt with no way out. Realizing they are victims of a huge scam within the school system they try other alternatives of law practice.
It took me a few chapters to get into the story, getting to know the characters and their backgrounds. The excitement level never really happened and for me, the ending was kind of cheesy and felt rushed.
My Overall Rating
COVER DESIGN – 5 STARS – I did like the cover. I liked the author’s name in gold against the black. Made his name really stand out. The neon lights were also an added bonus to catch the reader’s eye.
CHARACTERIZATION – 4 STARS – There were a couple of characters I would have liked to have gotten to know better, especially Gordy Tanner and his illness.
STORY & PLOT 4 STARS – Even though the story had a good plot it didn’t meet up to my expectations. I finished the book feeling a little disappointed.
OVERALL RATING – 3 STARS – This book fell short for me.
Questions to ask at Your Bookclub
1 – Did you have a favorite character? If yes explain why.
2 – At what point were you drawn into the book?
3 – This story was based upon a true scam at a major university. Were you aware that such scams are taking place within our school system? Have you heard of any others?
4 – Did you know there were lawyer hustlers, some without licenses, working the hallways of our courts? What are your thoughts on this?
4 – The agency ICE also plays a major role in the book. How did you feel while reading about the government agency? Do you think they are a well-managed system? Explain your answer.
5 – What was the most exciting part of the book?
6 – What did you think about the ending?
If you have read this book. I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
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