"Superb and disturbing - More than a sports book, it's a search for the America of ordinary people." (Newsday
"A remarkable book, fascinating from start to finish, full of surprises." (David Halberstam
"Friday Night Lights
offers a biting indictment of the sports craziness that grips ... most of American society, while at the same time providing a moving evocation of its powerful allure." (New York Times Book Review
"Just about everything you could ask for in a sports book" (New York Times
"Daytona Beach News-Journal," 12/19/08
"The book is far better and more believable than the awful movie."
"Dallas Morning News," 6/28/09
"While Bissinger does present the unfortunate issues facing a West Texas town, it is a true example of the pride Texans have in their community."
"Men's Fitness," August 2009
"The movie and TV show are good, but the book that inspired them is even better...[A] compelling look at how the high school dynasty shapes the pigskin-crazed small-town community of Odessa, Texas."
"Townsend Times," 11/20/09
"Shines a revealing light on a Texas city's unhealthy football obsession...A powerful book, the title of which has become synonymous for high school football."
"Mobile Sunday Press-Register's" "Gift Books for Men" holiday roundup, 12/6/09
"An unsettling portrait...of Middle America through the lens of high school football. Bissinger nailed it."
"Teen Ink," January 2010
"This story is both thrilling and astoundingly passionate as it shows the lives that the teens of Odessa so crave. I love how the author describes the hard work the players and coaches put in every season...I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great sports drama about how far people will go to make their dreams come true."
"Arlington Heights Daily Herald," 1/15/2010
"[It] captured the good, bad and sometimes ridiculous of high school sports.""Gainesville"" Sun," 2/6/11"Essential pig-skin reading." "Birmingham"" News, "7/10/11 "outstanding"
"Manchester"" Enterprise, "8/4/11
"With characters so rich and larger-than-life, sometimes it's easy to forget that the book is based on real people." Dow Jones Newswires, 9/22/11"Shows how much a sport can bleed into every part of a community's life...As much a sociological study of a depressed town as it is a sports story."
"The Chieftain," 12/15/11 "Gritty, inspiring, heartbreaking, bittersweet--all those adjectives apply. This book will show you jus