Sooley by John Grisham Book Summary
New York Times bestselling author John Grisham takes you to a different kind of court in his first basketball novel. Samuel “Sooley” Sooleymon is a raw, young talent with big hoop dreams … and even bigger challenges off the court.
In the summer of his seventeenth year, Samuel Sooleymon gets the chance of a lifetime: a trip to the United States with his South Sudanese teammates to play in a showcase basketball tournament. He has never been away from home, nor has he ever been on an airplane. The opportunity to be scouted by dozens of college coaches is a dream come true.
Samuel is an amazing athlete, with speed, quickness, and an astonishing vertical leap. The rest of his game, though, needs work, and the American coaches are less than impressed.
During the tournament, Samuel receives devastating news from home: A civil war is raging across South Sudan, and rebel troops have ransacked his village. His father is dead, his sister is missing, and his mother and two younger brothers are in a refugee camp.
Samuel desperately wants to go home, but it’s just not possible. Partly out of sympathy, the coach of North Carolina Central offers him a scholarship. Samuel moves to Durham, enrolls in classes, joins the team, and prepares to sit out his freshman season. There is plenty of more mature talent and he isn’t immediately needed.
But Samuel has something no other player has: a fierce determination to succeed so he can bring his family to America. He works tirelessly on his game, shooting baskets every morning at dawn by himself in the gym, and soon he’s dominating everyone in practice. With the Central team losing and suffering injury after injury, Sooley, as he is nicknamed, is called off the bench. And the legend begins.
But how far can Sooley take his team? And will success allow him to save his family?
Gripping and moving, Sooley showcases John Grisham’s unparalleled storytelling powers in a whole new light. This is Grisham at the top of his game.
Sooley (John Grisham) Book Reviews
WTFO?Basketball? Really? How low can one sink????.Score: 1/5
Grisham did it again!It was a great book! Definitely a page turner. ❤️.Score: 5/5
SooleyAwful book.Score: 1/5
SooleyThis book Sooley is by far one of the best I have read brought tears to my eyes and hope loved the way this young man was given chances and was so humble and caring loved this book.Score: 5/5
Typical GrishamExcellent and quick read. I enjoyed every word..Score: 5/5
Good Book!In general, I love all book because, I’m passionate to read, but this book is amazing, I don’t reading, but when i read just the summarize, i’m so excited to buy this book and then the read..Score: 5/5
Waste of moneyThis was not worth the 14.99 plus tax. The endless basketball and recruitment talk was boring. There was barely much of a real story going on. Ending was quick and I hardly felt any sadness about what happened to the star bc the book was too boring!.Score: 1/5
Great story tellingThis book is exciting, moving, and sad. You root for the main character and you ache for the families..Score: 5/5
SadThe ending was good but could have been just as good with a reunion instead of a statue unveiling. I loved the book until the death of the beloved main character. I was in shock and dismayed when that scene took place. There is enough death in real life and I do not have to pay 15$ to read the obituaries. Mr. Grissom should write for Gray’s Anatomy..Score: 1/5
Not just a basketball storyJohn Grisham takes the heartbreak of the South Sudan and American college basketball and weaves a heartwarming story. The reader soon appreciates the power of sports to create escape, community and growth. The story is well written, as are all Grisham books. The basketball games are well narrated and give the reader the anticipation of being at a game..Score: 5/5
WhyWhat a boring story - and why do that at the end - I waited for pages for something to happen - and then that - nope, not his best and certainly a brand dilution.Score: 1/5
Definitely a page turner!Be sure to have a box of tissues handy!.Score: 5/5
I hated itStick with what you know John.Score: 1/5
Great storyGood story. Not sure that I like the ending though. I’ve had disappointment with some of Grisham’s endings but I’ll take this one and shut up..Score: 5/5
Heartwarming StoryGreat read!.Score: 5/5
Score another for GrishamA wonderful tale about dreams fulfilled and leading to a beautiful ending. Highly enjoyable..Score: 5/5
🏀🏀🏀Best book I’ve read in a long time! Skookum Jam.Score: 5/5
What a read!The ending caught me off guard. A wonderful, joyful and sad story..Score: 5/5
ExcellentThis was such a good book. You don’t have to know anything about basketball, as myself, to enjoy. I rarely give 5 stars - this one deserved it..Score: 5/5
SooleyJohn Grisham never ceases to amaze. This story touch my soul. I hated to see it end. Sequel anytime soon?.Score: 5/5
An academy award winner!This is an awe inspiring work of art, and would certainly make a “Best Movie Award,” if given the chance on the big screen! “Sooley, Sooley, Sooley!!!”.Score: 4/5
Excellent readLoved the characters and plot. One of his finest. Couldn’t lay it down. I’ve enjoyed every one of non-lawyer books. Books just remind you what a talented writer he is all all formats. I enjoy his lawyer books too. Thank you Mr Grisham for the entertainment. Sooley will remain in my mind for some time..Score: 5/5
BoringgHave read every Grisham book. I’m a big fan. After 289 pages I stopped reading this one out of sheer boredom..Score: 1/5
SooleyIf you love basketball, you’ll love this book. If not, it will be a bit of a slog. The basketball action is described in great detail..Score: 4/5
Best EverAs a lover of Grisham’s legal thrillers, I was prepared to be disappointed since this novel was totally different…but was I ever wrong! Sooley is the most fascinating sports related book I have ever read, and Grisham’s knowledge of the recruiting, the coaching, the strategies, the emotion, the promotion, and the players in the game of basketball is astounding, He made me feel like I was right there in that refugee camp, and later on the bench in that Final Four game. The gut wrenching ending brought tears which turned to tears of joy as Sooley’s family was extricated from the despicable conditions of that African refugee Camp to a wonderful life in Durham, NC. Thanks, John for your best ever..Score: 5/5
The story friendship and perseverance, but mostly, family ❤️An enriching story of hope, love, strength, and fortitude. Never give up, keep hold of your heart, and go forward. A wonderful story told in full circle..Score: 5/5
SooleyA Great book that was sad and inspiration. One of my favorite John Grisham Books..Score: 5/5
Just plain excellentLoved this book. Not a lawyer novel, but still vintage John Grisham! This book is so well done. I might read it again.Score: 5/5
Great book until......the ending! What a disappointment! Still a good read overall..Score: 4/5
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