Friday Night Lights
A Town a Team and Dream
"Odessa isn't known to be a place of big dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this dusty town going. Socially and racially divided its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bust path of the oil business. In bad times, the unemployment rate barrels out of control; in good times, its murder rate skyrockets. But every Friday night from September to December when the Permian High School Panthers play football, this west Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true".
To Inform: The Author's purpose is to inform the reader about the tales of a small town Odessa in west Texas and that no mater the hardships and struggles that the town had they had pride and passion for the Odessa Permian football team because its the only thing that made the people come together and be part of something big that everybody enjoyed to be part of and that's the Permian high school football team."Odessa is a place you have to see to believe".
Friday Night Lights 20th Anniversary
Chapter Seven of the book talks about how Permian high school focused more on football than on academics. More school fund money was used to better the football program and less of it was spend on education. This shows how the school prioritized football over education. pg(130).."It was not uncommon for teachers at Permian to teach only for a Quarter of the period and let the students do whatever they wanted as long as they did it quietly".
I would give this book an eight out of ten because of the entertainment and action it brings out. its one of those "bitter sweet" books because they talk about an impressing thing then next thing they are talking about horrible experiences. This book is for mostly those people who love sports.
Passage # 1
Pg 146. this passage showed shows how the 1988 football season the Permian football team spend $70,000 for chartered jets to go play games. This passage showed how committed the school was towards football to spend 70,000 thousand dollars of the school funds in one year for the football program.
Passage # 2
pg 184 "the excitement was in part due to George Bush being something of a native son. After his graduation from Yale George Bush and his wife moved to Odessa". This passage revealed that George Bush was present when the Permian Football team was playing and that's when he was campaigning for presidency having lived in Odessa before. that's was important for the people of Odessa.
Social issues this book addresses.
This book addresses cultural issues. It talks about how during the 1988 Permian High school season Racism was at its highest level such that the Black people and the Mexicans lived in area which was separated from the white people by a fence. This resulted in the whites having their own school while the blacks and Mexicans went to their minority school the few that went to the white people school had to be really good at football. Although desegregation took place down the road it dint really fade totally.