I know that this book has been on the shelves for a while, but I just got around to reading it. Let me tell you, if you have not read this yet, stop whatever you're doing (except if you're actually watching football) and go get it. It is absolutely riveting.
I have seen Friday Night Lights in the past on TV, but only after reading the book could I appreciate how deep the football tradition at Permian High goes. The book gives you a great look at how a powerhouse high school football dynasty lives on a a day-to-day basis. Aside from fantastic character development, excellent prose, and exciting sports action, there is also the extremely though provoking story of the racial, economic, and personal tensions within Odessa, Texas.
If you've seen the movie and think you got the whole story, think again! Do yourself a favor and read this. If you played football back in high school, it will make you wish you could go back in time and be 18 again.