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

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Stunning investigation into sports mania has mature themes.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Great Books

The book points out great issues, in a way young boys will want to read. It discusses segregation, racism, sexism, without hitting the reader over the head. I would warn readers that there is a brief passage where players on another team have sex with a 14YO. It is not critical to the book, an although true, I wish they had left it out.

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Is It Any Good?

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Friday Night Lights is an excellent, if uneasy, read. Anyone who attended a high school where sports seemed bigger than books -- and that would be lots of them -- will feel a familiar tug at the description of athletes loafing by on low academic expectations, on the pulse of a school that beats fastest on Friday night. But this book pulls back the curtain on football fever and offers a deeply detailed, nuanced look at the risks and rewards of such fervor -- the way racism may disappear on the field but persists the next day in the hallways, the way the very parents who themselves saw their lives derailed by physical injury encourage their sons to take the same risk, the way girls and minorities forever play second fiddle in the cult of masculinity -- and emerges with a troubling, sympathetic portrait.

This book's mature themes make it better for older kids, and great for parents to engage with those readers about the thornier issues of American life, most of which are fresh today, in spite of the book's original publication date of 1990.

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