Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Book Review: Sterling Bridge by Chad Robert Parker 

Book Description:

Tensions are high in small-town Tooele, Utah, during the Great Depression, but coach Sterling Harris knows football is the answer. With his job on the line, he makes a bold play to find victory for his team and unity for his town. Based on a true story, this inspiring book gives you a fresh perspective on the past and hope for the future.


At a little over 100 pages, this is a very short book - easy to read in one day. I grew up in Northern Utah, but have only been to Tooele once or twice in my life. It was heartbreaking and more than a little bit aggravating to read about the division between the Oldtown and the Newtown residents. I just don't understand that way of thinking. At any rate, it was interesting to see the slow (sometimes very, very slow) change that took place in the townspeople as they finally let some of their barriers down and got to know each other better.

The story kind of read like a movie script - lots of dialogue, but it was missing the background stuff, and because of that, I found myself getting lost and having to re-read sections a time or two to figure out what I missed.

If you are a fan of football, this is a good story to read. There are a few games in the course of the story that the author goes in to play by play. If you understand football terminology, you will probably find this exciting. If you don't, you might find yourself a bit lost. :) 
Title: Sterling Bridge
Author: Chad Robert Parker
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Published: November 2015
ISBN: 146211735X
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.

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