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Sooley by John Grisham Book Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • 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.

“Hard to put down ... the pages turn quickly ... building to a climax that won’t leave readers doubting whether this is a John Grisham novel.” —Associated Press

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

SooleyWhat a piece of garbage. Someone should have warned his readers about this. I will never ever buy another Grisham book, and I’ve bought quite a few. Written like a high school essay, poorly constructed and a total waste of time. I want my money back..Score: 1/5

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

Awesome!Sooley was one of the best books that I have ever read. Although it wasn’t one of Grisham’s legal thrillers, this basketball story was heartwarming! The journey of Sooley from being a freshman to a basketball star was definitely surprising. And the descriptive words. Grisham always writes great books. And this is not an exception. Though a lot of people said that the ending was disappointing, it wasn’t because of the words, it was just because of the events that happened during the story end. The ending was a huge twist. Everybody predicted that Sooley would become a huge star with so many procedures done. It was actually disappointing for me too that Sooley died at the end. Plus, Sooley would’ve become a great basketball player. Overall, it was such a good read. BTW, sorry for letting you read a review this long. But I really do recommend John Grisham’s books and certainly this one. 🤩 Amazing!.Score: 5/5

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

A special storyI really fell in love with Sooley and his story. Very well written and an enjoyable read for all those who no matter your interest will be completely satisfied. Thanks for sharing ... Was a delight!.Score: 5/5

SooleyAn excellent sport’s story with an important humanitarian backdrop..Score: 4/5

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

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

Couldn’t put it downWhat I expect from a Grisham work..Score: 4/5

SooleyAwful book.Score: 1/5

SooleyJohn Grisham never ceases to amaze. This story touch my soul. I hated to see it end. Sequel anytime soon?.Score: 5/5

Heartwarming StoryGreat read!.Score: 5/5

Great read!Wonderful story that is well written. Exciting and engaging..Score: 5/5

“Sooley, Sooley, Sooley”Mr. Grisham takes us on some completely unexpected twists and turns, at least for this reader. Very entertaining and fast-moving. As always, I appreciate his ability to educate readers on social issues in a way that doesn’t chastise the us for our absence of accurate knowledge. He just inspires me to learn more and remain aware of the issues. If you are a rabid basketball fan, you will not be disappointed. Play after play is described in b-ball language. Gotta admit, I had to look up a lot of terms but that just made it fun..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

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

A fine novelEnjoyable page turner, tragic & heartbreaking toward the end, but a fine redemption..Score: 4/5

WTFO?Basketball? Really? How low can one sink????.Score: 1/5

SooleyWhat a ride ! A great story. Love the departure from the normal legal story lines. A really great read..Score: 5/5

Grisham did it again!It was a great book! Definitely a page turner. ❤️.Score: 5/5

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

Must readDefinetly was hooked after the first sentence. I’m glad too see love being shown to HBCUS for a change..Score: 5/5

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

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

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

🏀🏀🏀Best book I’ve read in a long time! Skookum Jam.Score: 5/5

LegendaryLoved this story. As much as I love John Grisham’s legal thrillers, this book is one of my favorites..Score: 5/5

بلالقب.Score: 3/5

SooleyA Great book that was sad and inspiration. One of my favorite John Grisham Books..Score: 5/5

SooleyOne of the best books John Grisham has written. Story so well told it was difficult to put book down and didn’t want it to end. Congrats on a wonderful book..Score: 5/5

Don’t Make PlansYou won’t be able to put it down….Score: 5/5

Awesome!!!I could not put this book down. Stayed up the past two nights reading long into the night. If I didn’t need to work I would’ve continued to read all night. Wow. Great and tragic..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

Awesome, Riveting, Heartbreaking and Heart WarmingI could not put the book down. Missed 2 NBA playoff games reading Sooley. Cheered and cried. Great writing. Thanks John Grisham..Score: 5/5

Very entertainingA great story. I couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

Sooley lacked depthThe story was very basic, I felt like I was reading a long newspaper article, rather than a rich, in depth novel. The plot was very predictable for the most part and the characters were very shallow. Only saving Grace was that the book was relatively short. I would not recommend it..Score: 2/5

Easily the worst book I’ve read in the last five years.I have maybe never been so furious about a books ending. Grisham’s books have been declining, you will have to pay me to read another one. I want my money back. What an absolute waste and such a dismantling of the protagonists character in such a short time. It was, NOT believable. Lots of character development that just disappears. Are you not rich enough? Why the need to send a book to market that was simply not ready. Yuck..Score: 1/5

He shoots…He scores!Thank you for bringing to life the struggle of being a refugee along with the spirit of humanity. Reliving each part of the journey, the story comes alive from start to finish. Even the climax with a saddened ending could not complete the hope and promise Sooley began with. Thank you for the basketball but thank you for the important story of humanity..Score: 5/5

Typical GrishamExcellent and quick read. I enjoyed every word..Score: 5/5

SurprisingKept moving,changing locations but connected by one young man..Score: 5/5

I hated itStick with what you know John.Score: 1/5

Nice storyAs always well written.Score: 4/5

Great book until......the ending! What a disappointment! Still a good read overall..Score: 4/5

Best book I have read in a long time!A bit of a change from what many readers of John Grisham expect. However, one of the best books I have ever read. I was vaulted so close to the court, I could feel the sweat flying and the vibrations of feet thundering on the wooden floors. Heart warming, Heart Breaking and an intro into a world I would love to rescue. Read this book! You’ll find it impossible to stay away from..Score: 5/5

SooleyWhat a piece of crap. Could have been written better by a Sports Illustrated intern with access to news reports from South Sudan. Wasted $15 DennyX!!.Score: 1/5

Dooley by John GrishamA very interesting read with Sooley’s success. I haven’t been able to determine if Soolely is fictional or real: undoubtedly he came to life in the book as a great basketball player..Score: 5/5

SooleyEven without being a basketball fan, reading about the character, Sooley, who came from nothing to the big “American dream” was extremely engaging. I fully recommend this read. Thanks.Score: 5/5

Don’t waste your time.Simplistic. Boring. Predictable. Written for beginning readers..Score: 1/5

Not impressedThe worst Grisham book I have read….and I have read them all..Score: 1/5

A MISSI think that I have read every one of Grisham’s books. The story line is impossible to believe. His worst..Score: 1/5

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Disappointing EndingI suppose that the ending is somewhat realistic for some reason f the chapters but probably too optimistic fr others. Nevertheless a good rear. I learned more about basketball and wars and refugees in South Sudan..Score: 3/5

Really not bad for what I thinkThis book was very. After purchasing new shoes that I really need I loved this book. If only for the ending it was and will always be. I fell asleep woke up had breakfast. I might read it again but I don’t know.Score: 3/5

SooleyGreat read, well written and keeps the reader interested and wondering what’s coming next. Interesting twist at the end. I always enjoy a Grissom book that’s sports related. I couldn’t put it down!.Score: 5/5

UghGrisham’s disaster. Disappointing..Score: 1/5

CaptivantJ’ai lu un extrait, acheté le livre et pratiquement lu d’un trait, me suis endormi et repris au réveille maintenant je vais déjeuner.Score: 5/5

SooleyGreat story but I did not enjoy what happened to Sooley.Score: 5/5

Fabulous readHeartwarming well written.Score: 5/5

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