Legal Thriller

Book Review – The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Goodreads Synopsis:

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…

My Opinion:

This book is an easy-to-read, engaging story. It could easily be ripped from today’s headlines and current issues.

Four young college students – Mark, Todd, Zola, and Gordy, all wanted to become lawyers. They were all convinced that Foggy Bottom law school was the path to their dreams. Little did they know, by the time they graduate, they would be so deeply in debt and the odds of being able to pay it off were very slim. So they decide to take matters into their own hands.

I liked the approach John Grisham took by telling a story from a law student’s perspective. Schools often make big promises in order to lure student’s in, but can they deliver on those promises? This is what Mark, Todd, Zola, and Gordy found out the hard way.

I didn’t form a really strong connection with these characters, but with that being said I did find myself hoping everything would turn out well for them in the end. I found this to be a bit odd considering all the illegal stuff they were doing, but I hoped for the best nonetheless. I felt bad for Zola, she had a whole lot more to deal with than just figuring out how to pay back her student loans.

At times, Zola seemed overwhelmed by the plot. It was insane and destined for a bad ending, but she felt safer, and safety was her primary concern. And, her partners were either overly confident or putting up a good front. Deep down, she knew they had no idea what they were doing, but their enthusiasm was hard to ignore. As reluctant as she was, she was comforted by their loyalty.

The Rooster Bar captured my attention and made me wonder how it was going to end. This book won’t go down as an all time favorite Grisham book, but I did enjoy!

Book Details:

My Rating: 4/5
Genre: Legal Thriller
Series: None
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: 10/24/2017
Pages: 352 (eBook)

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8 thoughts on “Book Review – The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

  1. I have been pondering this book…it has been a long while since I read Grisham, but I’ve enjoyed several of his books. I always like a story with characters fighting injustice of some kind, and this one sounds like it delivers. Great review, and thanks for sharing.

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  2. I’ve only read one John Grisham book! Ever! And it was so long ago that I can’t remember all that much about it. This sounds quite interesting though, if a little different to his usual work…

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