As someone who played the game (as an adult) I relate to much of it. The highs and lows. I have found the book quite sad though, the way that the whole town rely so heavily on those high school lads and the fortunes (and often mental and emotional state) of the players rely so heavily on their performance. It's a great book though. If you get a chance I'd suggest a read. I'm almost finished it now and have enjoyed it a lot.