Verdict: Passionate, readable, but not intriguing.
As a sports fan, I found We All We Got readable but not intriguing. The style that Lowenstein employs—using in-the-moment Internet bulletin board entries as the basis for a story—reads, in parts, like an unedited transcript of one’s thoughts—perfect for the blogging age.
Lowenstein is clearly passionate about the Pittsburgh Panthers, but he’s still—something he claims himself—someone on the outside. He doesn’t have secret information or strategies or tidbits of inside baseball that would make his account much more interesting. He’s a devout fan, but still just a fan, and often he doesn’t provide enough of a frame of reference for the reader, leaving out personal descriptions of coaches and players in favor of write-ups about how he himself is feeling at this-and-that particular moment.
Reviewed by Will Stewart
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