Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights is a non fiction book written in the late 1980’s and very early 1990’s. The book was written by H.G. Bissinger. H.G. Bissinger is an American author and is from New York City.
James “Boobie” Miles: The star fullback of the Permian Panthers, who got injured in a pre-season game before their 1988 season.
Athletic: Boobie was recruited by many colleges to play football because he was very good.
Regretful: Boobie regrets playing in the pre-season game when his knee gets injured, making him mad and then him eventually quitting.
Mike Winchell: The starting quarterback for the Permian Panthers.
Timid: Mike’s lack of confidence causes a bunch of issues with his teammates, especially in close games.
Dreamer: Mike has always dreamed of playing football in college, but he knows that that dream will never happen
Brian Chavez: Brian is the only hispanic player on the football team. He is also a starter as well.
Smart: Brian is the valedictorian at Permian High School
Excited: Brian has alwaysed enjoyed the thrills he gets from playing football.
Don Billingsley: Don is the Halfback at Permian and loves to go partying after every game to drink and hook up with girls.
Good looking: Don is known around school for being one of the best looking boys around school. Girls always describe him as being “fine”.
Socializer: Don is known to go to many parties in high school. He believes that senior year is all about socializing and playing football.
Ivory Christian: Ivory plays middle linebacker at Permian and has mixed feelings towards football.
Christian: Ivory converts to the Christian church and started hating alcohol and swearing.
Confused: Ivory likes and hates football at the same time. He feels that he is doing it as a sense of obligation rather than just playing it for the fun of it.
The setting of the book takes place in Odessa, Texas. It was established in the 1880’s by a group of men who were looking for an opportunity to make money.from there on out the town grew into what it is today. There are two high schools as well, Odessa and Permian. In this town you are either an Odessa fan or a Permian fan. There is not really much that the town has to offer as well. Football is a very important thing here and is what unites the town in a special way.
In the beginning of the book, Bissinger starts at the beginning of the 1988 football season and a history of the town of Odessa. In a preseason scrimmage Permian star Boobie gets injured and is replaced by Chris Comer. Permian wins their first game of the season against El Paso Austin 49-0, but lose their second game against Marshall 12-13. At Permian, no one seemed to care for education, and as a result their SAT scores have drastically dropped and more money is spent...