The Rooster Bar

The Rooster Bar

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Three students who have borrowed heavily to attend a third-rate law school realize they have been caught in a scam when they discover that the school's owner also owns a bank specializing in student loans, and plot to expose the scam.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780385541176
0385541171
9781101967706
Characteristics: 352 pages :,25 cm.

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tracysue
Feb 06, 2019

This may not be a realistic portrayal of law school, but it was a very entertaining read. I enjoyed it a lot.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Jan 02, 2019

A sobering read for anyone contemplating graduate school. . .especially law school. While many aspects of the plot aren't plausible or credible, the daunting amount of debt a student can accumulate is very, very real. There is a myth that attorneys make buckets of money. This is only true for those who go to Ivy League law schools such as Harvard, Yale, or Stanford.

Students who attend lesser schools and don't graduate at the very top of their classes often find job prospects grim and paychecks minuscule. The overhead for practicing law, however, can be staggering. Quite frankly, on an hourly basis, it might be more lucrative to get a job flipping burgers at a fast food joint where employees are paid for overtime.

The central characters in this book enrolled in law school with stars in their eyes. By the time they discovered they'd been conned, they had each accumulated staggering debt which they could never repay. While this book is a slap at for-profit college mills, this same scam happens at many universities with respectable reputations.

As artificial intelligence advances, there are sadly few professions with certain futures.

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brangwinn
Sep 27, 2018

I like Grisham’s books when I need a “beach read”. As usually he has picked an interesting subject. This time its about for profit law schools and the scam three unemployed graduates successfully pull on the student loan industry.

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TobyD
Sep 24, 2018

I thought the topic was timely and well chosen. The story seemed rushed, characters weren't likable, and story was implausible. I'm a Grisham fan, but this wasn't one of his better works. It had a ton of potential.

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cambridgedon
Sep 08, 2018

Definitely not John Grisham's best effort and a story (decent but not fast-paced or driven enough) seemingly not worthy of someone with his gravitas. However, Grisham does colour outside the lines and it is entertaining to see how he contends with moral uncertainty.

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Logun
Sep 05, 2018

I expect much more from John Grisham whom is one of my favourite author.

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Truffalo
Aug 06, 2018

A thrilling ride through the our current day legal system. A highly unlikely conclusion does not diminish the entertainment value of this tale.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 24, 2018

As a legal writer, John Grisham focuses on the aspects of life for people who are involved in the judicial system. In this novel, readers are given an idea of the hardship of law school, as three friends (Mark, Todd, Zola) face difficulties studying and attending class, especially since their close friend committed suicide. This event pushes the three ordinary students to drop out in the final year. They face a large sum of debt from their loans, and have no one to turn to. Mark, Todd, and Zola become fake lawyers and hustle quick money in the corners of the courts without actual licenses. The pace of the story varies from a contemporary style to a chase in hopes of hunting down a wealthy hedge-fund operator behind the Great Law School Scam. Grisham does a smooth job in going back and forth between characters, and being able to express emotional tension as well as feelings. Rating: 4 of 5
- @Mercurial_Series of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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MikeHanafin
Jul 20, 2018

John Grisham's "vacation from writing John Grisham books" is over, as he is back to writing his typical 'legal thrillers'. Inspired by a 2014 magazine expose called "The Law School Scam", he takes aim at shady for-profit law schools, and the just-as-shady student debt system. I enjoyed the book, but clearly his best work is far behind him. Which is ok too. How many times can you write something as good as "The Firm"?

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Bebesarah
Jun 29, 2018

Another poorly written story - what has happened to Grisham? His characters are morally suspect, not at all well developed, and just unlikeable. I give him credit for exposing diploma mills and the outright con game that schools play with unsuspecting students who end up with unsurmontable debt and little chance of getting decently paid jobs. Also, the deplorable scam companies that service this debt - in which the US government is culpable. It's just as literature, it is a poor attempt.

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