About halfway through this book, McNeal describes a pivotal moment in a high school football game. His description takes a dozen pages and includes several points of view. If it were a scene in a movie, it would be in super slow motion. In many books, this would be obnoxious or trite. McNeal pulls it off. This isn't the kind of story that I would normally read, and I certainly didn't enjoy this as much as To Be Sung Underwater, but McNeal is phenomenally gifted at constructing powerful sentences and forcing his readers to feel for even some very unlikable characters.