Sooley - John Grisham


By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2021-04-27
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 1,825 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER John Grisham takes you to a different kind of court in his first basketball novel. Samuel “Sooley” Sooleymon is a raw, young talent with big hoop dreams—and even bigger challenges off the court.

“Hard to put down ... the pages turn quickly ... building to a climax that won’t leave readers doubting whether this is a John Grisham novel.” —Associated Press

In the summer of his seventeenth year, Sam­uel Sooleymon gets the chance of a lifetime: a trip to the United States with his South Sudanese teammates to play in a showcase basket­ball tournament. He has never been away from home, nor has he ever been on an airplane. The opportunity to be scouted by dozens of college coaches is a dream come true.

Samuel is an amazing athlete, with speed, quick­ness, and an astonishing vertical leap. The rest of his game, though, needs work, and the American coaches are less than impressed.

During the tournament, Samuel receives dev­astating news from home: A civil war is raging across South Sudan, and rebel troops have ran­sacked his village. His father is dead, his sister is missing, and his mother and two younger brothers are in a refugee camp.

Samuel desperately wants to go home, but it’s just not possible. Partly out of sympathy, the coach of North Carolina Central offers him a scholar­ship. Samuel moves to Durham, enrolls in classes, joins the team, and prepares to sit out his freshman season. There is plenty of more mature talent and he isn’t immediately needed.

But Samuel has something no other player has: a fierce determination to succeed so he can bring his family to America. He works tirelessly on his game, shooting baskets every morning at dawn by himself in the gym, and soon he’s dominating everyone in practice. With the Central team los­ing and suffering injury after injury, Sooley, as he is nicknamed, is called off the bench. And the legend begins.

But how far can Sooley take his team? And will success allow him to save his family?

Gripping and moving, Sooley showcases John Grisham’s unparalleled storytelling powers in a whole new light. This is Grisham at the top of his game.


  • Sooley

    By DennyX!!
    What a piece of crap. Could have been written better by a Sports Illustrated intern with access to news reports from South Sudan. Wasted $15 DennyX!!
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By dshmom
    What I expect from a Grisham work.
  • Sooley

    By Say-Say Jane
    What a piece of garbage. Someone should have warned his readers about this. I will never ever buy another Grisham book, and I’ve bought quite a few. Written like a high school essay, poorly constructed and a total waste of time. I want my money back.
  • Don’t Make Plans

    By Scrappydooesq
    You won’t be able to put it down…
  • Sooley

    An excellent sport’s story with an important humanitarian backdrop.
  • Very entertaining

    By Lynn Lincoln
    A great story. I couldn’t put it down.
  • A MISS

    By Beach Banker
    I think that I have read every one of Grisham’s books. The story line is impossible to believe. His worst.
  • Sooley

    By africsn Coffeeman
    What a ride ! A great story. Love the departure from the normal legal story lines. A really great read.
  • Awesome!

    By andyshcn
    Sooley was one of the best books that I have ever read. Although it wasn’t one of Grisham’s legal thrillers, this basketball story was heartwarming! The journey of Sooley from being a freshman to a basketball star was definitely surprising. And the descriptive words. Grisham always writes great books. And this is not an exception. Though a lot of people said that the ending was disappointing, it wasn’t because of the words, it was just because of the events that happened during the story end. The ending was a huge twist. Everybody predicted that Sooley would become a huge star with so many procedures done. It was actually disappointing for me too that Sooley died at the end. Plus, Sooley would’ve become a great basketball player. Overall, it was such a good read. BTW, sorry for letting you read a review this long. But I really do recommend John Grisham’s books and certainly this one. 🤩 Amazing!
  • Sooley

    By nanniebo
    Even without being a basketball fan, reading about the character, Sooley, who came from nothing to the big “American dream” was extremely engaging. I fully recommend this read. Thanks