As far as predictable sports books go, Hometown Legend is on the plus side.
The plot begins at a showdown football game between two rival high schools. As the game nears the final seconds, the high school the book is based upon makes a desperate attempt to win the game with their star player, their quarterback. This results in his death by broken neck. After this, the head coach resigns and the football program falls apart.
Not long after this, the small Alabama town itself also begins to deteriorate. Businesses close down, population becomes low, and everyone begins to throw in the towel.
After twenty years pass, the town pastor and his college-age daughter revive the spirit of the town once again. This includes bringing back the old coach to whip their football program into shape.
Their are several very original things Jenkins did with this plot, things other authors wouldn't normally do. Surprisingly, I wasn't disappointed by the end because Jenkins kept it all realistic. He has once again demonstrated his superb writing skills with this book.
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