Athletic Shorts has ratings and reviews. Bonnie said: This short story collection serves as my introduction to Chris Crutcher as an author. These six powerful short stories chronicle bits of the lives of characters, major and minor, who have walked the rugged terrain of Chris Crutcher’s earlier w. These six stories from acclaimed author Chris Crutcher are about athletes, but are not simply sports stories. Here he presents characters from some of his be.

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I really enjoyed this book. It was fun to read, intense, and nicely written. Please provide an email address. Imagine if you had dhorts make a decision between two things, and both could ruin your life. Petey learns you can’t please everyone and that’s OK.

His books generally feature teens coping with serious problems, including abusive parents, racial and religious prejudice, mental and physical disability, and poverty; these themes are viewed as too mature for children.

What age do you feel it is appropriate for? Mar 12, Logan Erdmann rated it really liked it. Petey is wrestling an opponent who also happens to be a girl. Lionel is struggling with the anger he’s held inside for the one person who caused his parents death. Oct 23, Lindsey rated it liked it. The structures of these stories are also very good, and have many good quotes that relate to the text and help make the stories come to life.

May 05, Marcia rated it it was amazing. It has some sex references and some bad language.

The man is dying of AIDS in the hospital and is very lonely, just xrutcher for a friend. Athletic Shorts is a compilation of six short stories all pertaining to the area of sports. A friend’s suggestion, a book review, cover, and so? Except for a few things, he is completely normal. A couple stories fall a little flat for me, but they are full of heart and unflinching in their reflections of real social stigmas. The reading level is a little difficult for reluctant readers and some of the older references will go over their heads some of them went over my head!


Angus has intense feelings for a popular and pretty girl named Melissa. In fact, help is much closer than they think.

So his mom is married to his mom and his dad is married to his dad. Well, when his parents remarried, they married someone of the same sex. Lionel lost his parents in a boating accident at age They all take place in different places, but they all seem the same. Several stories are interesting examinations of racism and bigotry.

After she makes this known, the boy feels bad and is very nervous about this match and does not want to confront the girl. As they investigate the hardships of life, the boys struggle to find out who they are and what they stand for. He uses humor to help make sense of the problems as well as giving voice to characters that struggle with suorts environment, their crutdher and mostly themselves. I really enjoyed Chris Crutcher’s short stories and was glad to know that they came from the characters and situations shotts he wrote in some of his previous novels.

Have you ctutcher wanted to relate to someone or something? Sep 30, Kellie Wagner rated it really liked it Shelves: This collection of short stories is great for people who enjoy realistic fiction, but don’t want to read a longer book. The crktcher each face something much more serious including: I, personally, find it spectacular that such a contemporary set of short stories was published in !

I wasn’t a good student for I hated school. Lionel has to overcome the death of his family. Angus Bethune is chagrinned at having the name of a cow, particularly since he is the size of one.


School Library Journal, 37 9 Angus is very self-conscious, and is often picked on for the way that he looks because he is a little bigger than everyone else. Anger with crutchr mixture of high school and the future ahead of you is bad cocktail.

Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories

These are all sports related stories, but the sportiness is I really enjoyed Chris Crutcher’s short stories and was glad to know that they came from the characters and situations that he wrote in some of his previous novels. However, what the boys are unaware of is that the one girl of the two is the female wrestler he is to wrestle next week.

These include embarrassing families, excessively tough fathers, getting the girl, differences, and loss of close family members. Six Short Stories by Frutcher Crutcher is the final story, when Louie is able to help out a dying man and give him the friend that he needs and has been looking for. Six Short Stories Book.

ATHLETIC SHORTS by Chris Crutcher | Kirkus Reviews

Petey Shroshrire and his father who wrestle each other in front of the student body and parents in an effort to show more than just the best wrestler.

Petey is either you or someone you knew in school. In the fi The book Athletic Shorts: While reading this book you investigate the lives of kids who are struggling with finding themselves, and learning to deal with the mess that is called life.

Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Ahorts what the cover might have you think, the stories are not sports-centric.