So, it took me a while to be convinced to read this book, even though I’ve seen nothing but praise for it. But, to be fair, it’s an interesting pitch: an American college sports team, the Japanese mafia, explicit torture, murder, mutilation, drugs, and a lacrosse-like game, all described in dramatic detail that puts a soap opera to shame. The narrator is the runaway son of a murderous crime lord. And my favourite thing about this book is that it all sounds ridiculous and over the top and wild, but as you’re reading it it’s so easy to go with the flow, and all of it seems incredibly real.
What I’ve noticed from reading other’s reviews is that the story is very dividing: you either love it or you hate it. Well, you love it, you like it a lot, or you hate it with every fibre of your being. I’m one of the people who loved it.