Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream

Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream

Return once again to the enduring account of life in the Mojo lane, to the Permian Panthers of Odessa -- the winningest high school football team in Texas history. Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bu Return once again to the enduring account of life in the Mojo lane, to the Permian Panthers of Odessa -- the winningest h...

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Title:Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
Author:H.G. Bissinger
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Genres:Sports and Games
ISBN:Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
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Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:357 pages pages

Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream Reviews

  • Taylor
    Mar 04, 2014
    I didn't grow up in a football-watching family. My father, who apparently loved the game, passed away when I was young. My mother was much more interested in baseball, and had coworkers with season tickets, so I grew up going to the Kingdome to watch Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Joe...
  • Shirley
    Feb 07, 2008
    It's not a surprise that I loved this book. It is about high school football. I watched a lot of football growing up (Friday nights: high school football; Saturday: University of Colorado football; Sunday: NFL football - I was a huge 49ers fan). I probably could have done something...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    May 20, 2016
    "Life really wouldn't be worth livin' if you didn't have a high school team to support." In the Reading class I am teaching in May 2016, I challenged my students to read a book from a genre they had not read. I played along, and ended up reading an Amish romance and this sports book. ...
  • Alicen
    Oct 25, 2017
    This true story is an incredibly powerful telling of the role football played for this group of young men growing up in rural West Texas in the 1980's. I felt completely immersed in the world the author captured and was I captivated by how he managed to show both the positives and the ...
  • Dan
    Jul 29, 2009
    My friends Matt & Cassie introduced us to the television show "Friday Night Lights" this past winter. I had only heard of it on blogs before then and never really paid any attention to it. Wow, was I late to the party. The television show is excellent and I highly recommend it, ...
  • Paul
    Oct 01, 2007
    I was on an airplane one Friday night when I was reading this book. As the plane took off from Cleveland I noticed a high school football game in progress. I could see the lights.. the two teams on the field.. the crowd and the marching band. I watched the field as long as I could. Jus...
  • Sera
    May 29, 2018
    Great book that Bissinger wrote while embedded with the 1988 Permian Panthers and living for a year with his family in Odessa, Texas. Bissinger's book not only focuses on the high school football team's quest to win state, but he also provides an understanding of the people who make up...
  • Rachel Bryan
    Oct 29, 2016
    Really enjoyed most of this. The actual football games though... snooze. ...
  • Kirsti
    Nov 21, 2009
    Affecting, amusing, alarming, appalling account of the winningest high-school football team in Texas. (Apparently this review was brought to you by the letter A.) Along the way, Bissinger discusses popularity, racism, sexism, fresh-baked cookies, memories, oil, home economics, class co...
  • Lynn Lebo-Planas
    Apr 09, 2017
    There are some really interesting sections about the condemnation of football and the institutional racism in a town like Odessa, but it felt loooooooong and could have lost about 50 pages. ...
  • Charles
    Mar 03, 2009
    If you think this book is about high school football in Texas, you're pretty much wrong. There is a fair amount about football, but this book is really a sort of sociological study of a small Texas town where Football is played. There is a lot about the difficulties of the local econom...
  • Will Byrnes
    Oct 26, 2008
    Bissinger, a writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, chronicles a year in the life of Odessa Texas, and more particularly the Permian High School Panther football team, the social nexus of this third rate town. It follows the stories of players for the team, present and past, as well as ...
  • Christine
    Aug 13, 2013
    Dear Mr. Bissinger, I think watching the Intelligent Squared debate you were in is great. I loved the television series based on this book. I learned something about myself while reading this. Even good writing such as yours, does not make me care a whit about football. ...
  • CJ H
    Oct 22, 2008
    CJ Herron Mrs. Ebarvia World Lit 10/21/08 H.G. Bissinger was born in New York City in November of 1954. He spent time writing for the Philadelphia inquirer. Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger is about a small town in Texas called Odessa. Permian High school football is ...
  • Raleighhunter
    Oct 01, 2009
    I'm glad I bought this at Half Price Books so the author didn't make any money off of me. I always read the forward of any book and this one, the author tells you up front he is looking for a sport to bash to be the next "A Season on the Brink" and Texas makes an easy target. The write...
  • First Second Books
    Dec 01, 2015
    Recommended by Gene Luen Yang! What more do I really need to say? Also: really interesting about sports and racial politics. ...
  • Neil Powell
    Feb 11, 2011
    This book is about so much more than American Football. On the surface, it tells the story of the Permian Panthers, the high school football team from Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. It focuses on 6 of the senior players and some of the coaching staff. It gives us accounts of the...
  • Jason
    Jun 04, 2012
    This book is heartbreaking. I grew up in a very liberal part of the country. My family is comprised mostly of hard-working European immigrants who value education above all else. In many ways, I should be the last person able to appreciate or understand life in small-town Texas with...
  • Carol Storm
    Mar 27, 2015
    Classic reporting, but needs more football and less patronizing social commentary on those poor ignorant Texans and how they "cling" to oil and football! ...
  • Jerrodm
    Aug 21, 2014
    This is a fantastic book. I felt sick to my stomach reading it. I played football in high school in a place where there was much more than high school football for most people to do on a Friday night. I can relate to some aspects of the story: football games were the only sporting e...
  • Carol
    Jun 01, 2015
    If you love football, Friday Night Lights likely will be the best sports book you've ever read. If you don't love football, and aren't an avid nonfiction reader? FNL likely will be the best nonfiction book you've ever read. FNL is about the stories communities tell themselves. It's ...
  • Scott S.
    Sep 28, 2014
    This 'non-fiction novel' began a little slowly and it was slightly confusing to differentiate the teammates in the first twenty or so pages. However, it quickly becomes gripping and entertaining to follow the ups and downs of this high school football team's '88 season. The sociology o...
  • Lukas Kott
    Sep 11, 2015
    I think Friday night lights was actually a really cool book and I enjoyed reading it and didn't have to force myself to read it. Was a great sport about football and life in high school. Living in Texas how it's different living their in a small town that's so passionate about the spor...
  • ALLEN
    Jan 05, 2019
    In 1988 Philadelphia sportswriter H.G. Bissinger journeyed to Western Texas to see what was up with the state's winningest high-school football team. He put not only the Permian Panther's football program under his analytical lens, but the entire city of Odessa in West Texas that surro...
  • Connor Prielipp
    Apr 26, 2018
    High School Football in Texas is completely different than anywhere else in America. Friday Night Lights gives you the perfect example of how serious they take football, and what high school football in Texas is all about. I would compare this book to many other high school football bo...
  • Jackson Adams
    Mar 06, 2019
    I think a theme could Do the best you can every day because the town Permian was going through some rough times such as the crime rate which has gone up. Also they were going through rough economy times because they are a poor town. But the football team is good and made it all the sta...
  • Donald
    Jun 06, 2018
    One character strength Crow and Bobo have is persistence. They show this on the football field because it takes more than one tackler to bring them down. ...
  • Kaylee Martinez
    May 21, 2019
    What I really liked about this book is that the main focus of this book was the football players' lives. Bissinger talked about how they would feel and what they would do before a game day. It shows that people relied on them and how the players felt with all that weight on their shoul...
  • Karessa A.
    May 13, 2019
    Although it took me a while to finish this book, it was wonderful and extremely well written. I enjoyed being able to relate to the number of emotions that were surrounding the games. Throughout the book, you felt like you were apart of the games that were being played and you could fe...
  • Zach N
    May 07, 2019
    I liked this book because of the suspense leading up to the playoff's. As silly as it seemed to have the teams to ake the playoff's determined with a coin flip, that just added so much suspense and really kept me glued to the book. I love sports books, and this was a perfect example of...