The Rooster Bar

The Rooster Bar

Large Print - 2017
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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.
Publisher: ©2017
[New York] :, Random House Large Print,, [2017]
Edition: First Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399565199
0399565191
Branch Call Number: F Grisham
Characteristics: 468 pages (large print) ;,24 cm
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Sodomojochick
Feb 18, 2018

This book was such a disappointment. A trend that Mr. Grisham seems to be following is to make all of his characters morally and ethically challenged. Not one of them is likeable. Not to mention the ending was so totally unrealistic. I miss the old days where there was actually character development like in A Time to Kill. His novels lately are just a running narration. This happened and that happened and this happened. Even James Patterson creates characters that are fleshed out and express some sort of emotion. I wish I hadn't wasted the time and energy it took to read this book. At least I got to read it for free by checking it out from my local library! By the way, I don't normally right reviews, but this book was so bad I wanted to hopefully save others, especially Grisham fans, from wasting their time and aggravation.

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SirRichardII
Feb 13, 2018

Camino Island is a good read but The Rooster Bar is a stinker.

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wavander
Feb 11, 2018

Not his best work... many situations are simply not plausible given today's technology... Any fool with a smart phone can Google the local bar association to confirm his/her lawyer is legit. Also, no way most law students, even those in DC, know where to get false documents. In addition, it is highly unlikely that a $1000 fake passport would pass even the most basic customs inspection at an international airport.

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fiftyslady
Feb 09, 2018

I almost didn't check this book out because most of the critiques were not positive. But I find Grisham's books to be so well written that I always enjoy them, hits or not. This one gave insights into the "law school mills" that probably exist everywhere. The burden of debt that a college graduate comes out of school with is terrible and in this instance, did not prepare the student for taking the bar exam. So no job, or a low-paying one, leaves the graduate buried. For that, I think Grisham is well qualified to write this book and keep us apprised of how many schools operate. Personally, I like this book.

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workhorse6491
Feb 05, 2018

Too frothy and effervescent for me; Grisham has produced volumes of excellence, but this one is far from that. If you check it out from the library, at least you haven't wasted your "beautiful, beautiful" wonderful tax "cut" moneys buying it. Unbelievable, no characters of merit, an story line not plausible, and no real lessons to be learned. I've read Sycamore Row and it's no Sycamore Row.

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Shesuwat
Feb 02, 2018

Did not enjoy this book at all. The storyline was weak, disjointed and confused. It really didn’t come together at all and for the first time, I was very tempted to abandon this book.
I used to enjoy John Grisham’s work, but the last few published have become very mediocre.

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swheeler89
Jan 30, 2018

I am not a hater of new Grisham novels (really enjoyed Gray Mountain and Camino Island), but this story was all over the place, trying to force unlikeable characters into current events. You have everything from student loan debt, to Wells Fargo ethical practices, mental health issues and dreamers facing deportation. Not sure if Grisham actually wrote this one, but its not worth your time reading it. Seriously all the characters were underdeveloped and awful.

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ningd
Jan 28, 2018

I read every book by John Grisham. “The Rooster Bar” is by far the worst. While I was reading, I kept on thinking, something more intriguing, more interesting must come up soon, but at the end, there was nothing, nil, zilch, zero, nada! I can only speculate that this book was written purely for income purpose. It was total wast of my time. I always thought John Grisham is a “best seller” writer who truly actually cares about what he writes, who actually does his research and strives to write something that is educational and entertaining. I guess he ran out of inspirations, the only thing left is greed! He is now too rich to research, too rich to care! Goodbye John Grisham! I have permanently removed you from my list!

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abelcoure
Jan 27, 2018

Seemed liked the characters were a bit too lucky. Ending was not realistic.

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Bookworm1562
Jan 25, 2018

"The Rooster Bar" is not up to the quality that I expect from Grisham. You hope and know these main characters are going to find a way out of the whirling ebb that is slowly pulling them down, but Grisham doesn't get there for a long long time. And, sadly, the eventual solution is a fairy tale. A reader will learn some things about the possible evils of for-profit schools, too many lawyers, and a student loan industry that is crippling a generation.

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