- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; 1st Edition edition (October 24, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385541171
- ISBN-13: 978-0385541176
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4,250 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grisham also covered a multitude of other issues, including mental illness, the legal system and US immigration policy. The book covered these topics well, though at times, especially in the first half, it felt as if the reader was receiving the "kitchen sink." A number of issues the US is facing are thrown into the book and at the reader, initially not seeming to have much to do with the plot. As the book progressed these outsider topics came together in a more coherent way. Other aspects of the plot, however, such as character development, weren't quite what I had hoped. At times I lost track of two of the main characters, Mark and Todd. Their backgrounds and stories were so similar it was hard to remember who was the one with a brother and which one was from Philadelphia.
It took me about halfway through the book to hit my stride, and in all honesty, it's difficult to distinguish whether I purely enjoyed the book as a reader or as a lawyer and one-time law student who has shared similar experiences. Regardless, by the end of the book I was sold and would recommend it, especially to any lawyers or law students.
The topic - predatory private 3rd rate law schools that matriculate students that can't pass the Bar or find a job in public or private sector is relevant in today's world. Too many young people are convinced that any law degree with result in viable employment that will provide the income needed to pay back the $200K in loans many students incur. However, that is a pipe dream for most. This book could have been intriguing. But if feels like a treatise that never gets beyond preaching.