Not exactly a book that I couldn't wait to get back to. The plot was ok but JG seems to insist on including his political viewpoints rather than just telling the story. He did this in his book about coal mining a couple of yrs ago also. He used to be so good!
Really a disappointment. I have read all of Grisham's books. This and Camino Island had to have written by some other than the alleged author.
Entertaining book that I enjoyed reading. It was not his usual type story but I still licked it.
Grisham pointing out evils in the system! He could have written it about Trump U!! He will remain one of my go to authors, even if this one is not as exciting as some of his earlier works. He remains one of the best in fiction as far as I am concerned.
I really enjoyed this book - it kept me wondering how things would turn out right until the very end. Sad thing to think about, all those people with crippling student loans, not just in the law profession but everywhere - and no jobs available.
I am surprised by all the negative comments, I really enjoyed the book. It may not be his best work but it is a well written book exploring an interesting subject (for profit colleges) . I also liked his exploration of illegal immigrants and their lives in America.
I am so glad I'm not the only one who was extremely disappointed in this book. I made myself finish the book hoping Grisham would redeem himself by the end of the book, but no such luck. When I read the author's notes at the end of the book I found out why. He said his idea for the story came from an article he read regarding student loans.....and that was as far as he went for research. I compared this book to reading a Danielle Steel novel - all fluff and no substance. Everyone has an off book, I hope this was his "one" and only.
I tried to give this book a chance... It started of okay, but then took a turn for the worse when it seemed as if Gordy's mental illness was consuming the plot of the story.... Due to this, I felt as if the author got way off track with what he wanted this story to actually be about. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to finish it.
I regret that I am dropping Grisham from my "must read" list of authors after reading THE ROOSTER BAR. I earlier commented on CAMINO ISLAND noting that I had liked his books when they first came out and then drifted away from them. These two book taken together as a test drive have driven me off again. Both deal with unique and interesting contemporary issues and have what could be generally interesting story lines. But character development is weak and the interactions of the characters are often hard to swallow. Plus there are so many improbable leaps in the story telling. Sorry, but I am done with him.
I'm a huge John Grisham fan but I'm ambivalent about "The Rooster Bar." It started out well with the poignant story of Gordy and his mental illness. From there it took a turn which although I was sympathetic with, I could not condone since Gordy's friends were doing something illegal. Yet, the way Grisham has portrayed Mark, Todd, and Zola one cannot but help rooting them on and wait with bated breath to see if they can out-scam the scammers. Not one of Grisham's best but an interesting read.
This is clearly an example of the author phoning it in. Reads like a high school essay, C+ at best. I had a hard time believing he actually wrote this (a ghost writer perhaps). Plot: the scammed becomes the scammee; two wrongs making a right? I realize this is fiction, but there has to be a better and more entertaining way of addressing the high costs of tuition and undocumented immigrants. I could go off on a rant but I won't. Grisham's latest is so disappointing and comes off as being liberal rot-gut. Don't waste your time; there are so many good books out there and this one isn't one of them!
The beginning I was really excited to keep reading. The middle held my attention but at times my mind kept reminding me the obvious, this is a work of fiction, this is why it is at times unbelievable. the ending was okay but pretty predictable with the exception of the fact that the link to their past at the end is a dead giveaway to their identity.
I did not enjoy this as much as his other books. Found it to be tedious and unrealistic in parts. I understand his attempt to reach out about how people get caught up with loans and such, but after a while I didn't really care about these characters.
grisham writes a realistic summary of how a mentally ill person can slide down into oblivion and beyond help. it's better than most all I've read. Too bad the rest of the plot can't be praised the same. I'm finding his books slow, tedious and labored, despite the good story idea. (Another is Camino Island). So, I skipped this one after being bummed about the end story of the mentally ill person.
Grisham often can be found writing in one of two modes, depending on the novel. In the case of "The Rooster Bar," he is amusing and almost lighthearted at times, with a nearly implausible tale of hustling street lawyers living by their smarts and audacity. But there are also moments, bluntly overt ones, which reveal the other side of Grisham that we know so well, his sense of moral outrage at the student loan debt crisis, for-profit law schools, "Swift Bank" fraud (read: Wells Fargo), and even the deportation policies of the ICE.
Not his best work. Rather preachy about for profit law schools, the student loan system. Seemed wooden at times.
Not Grisham's best. Characters are well developed but plot is just not believable. Grisham does pull it all together in the last chapter. Typically Grisham, it was a good read, thinking not much else could go wrong for Todd, Mark and Zola. It just seemed to spiral downward for all of them ... until the end.