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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It puts you into a world where everything horrible happens. Angus tries to win her heart over in the one dance they get together. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. To me, it seemed like all of these boys could have attended the same high school.

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! Discussion questions I made for a book challenge I competed in: Powerful stories worth reading.

I should also note that the title does not entirely reflect the content of the stories: Short stories are also great for when you don’t have time for a whole novel – you can read a story in one sitting, and if you don’t One of my favorite young adult authors, Chris Crutcher writes realistic stories about realistic people with realistic problems.

High school is the them in these collective short stories and what we deemed important during that time. He sees it over and over again.

Father-son, male-female competitors, popular-unpopular are all scenarios explored in this book and there is a lot of emotion and enlightenment that happens as well.

The ending of the story found me closing the cover of the book with a tear in my eye. Louie is able to provide Darren with that. While reading this book, I learned a lot of life lessons. He, however, is dreading this confrontation because she is good and makes any guy she wrestles humiliated. In addition to the athletic aspects they all share, that is not to say that girls cannot get anything from it, just that it is less likely to appeal to a teen girl.


On top of this Angus has been elected t Athletic Shorts is a compilation of six short stories all pertaining to the area of sports.

Athletic Shorts

Want to Read saving…. This book has strong female characters, and good messages in almost every story. The first story is about a boy who is eager to impress his father and live up to his expectations of being an all-state wrestler.

Really good, some deep moments, good to read with a group. I wanted to get better at, not only sports, but things in general. It is composed of short stories, and some of them are continuations using the characters from other books.

You just have to have gone to high school. Although this book had six different short stories, each one was interesting and had so much to it.

The third short story is about a man named Petey Shropshrire. He is later confronted by the boy who killed his parents and he asks for forgiveness, but Lion is very stubborn and at first does not want to even be in the same city as this guy.

Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories

Just be forewarned, the story is filled with the N word and not so nice things regarding Asians and anyone else Telephone Man has been taught to hate. This crhtcher also shortx I enjoyed reading Robert Cormier books. They all take place in different places, but they all seem the same. In the first story–a monologue by a fat guy who manages to keep his dignity-the author seamlessly blends humor with more serious elements.

Quotes from Athletic Shorts: Despite what athletjc cover might have you think, the stories are not sports-centric. This was yet another book chosen for me solely on the strength of the narration by the late, great Frank Muller.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. See 2 questions about Athletic Shorts…. There is an underlying sweetness to all of these tales that makes you wish that life could be this simple and good and that stuff like wrestling, swimming, and running actually count for something.

Johnny is waiting for the day he can seek revenge on his father athlegic that day arrives, but will revenge be as sweet as he thinks? In most the stories, it is just mentioned or a sport is just part of vhris a character is and how they cope with a problem they are working through, which I think made their stories more believable and relatable.

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Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher

Lionel Serbousek and Neal were best friends. He is forced to pick between his best friend that he has tahletic football with since they was little and a chgis friend that is gay. In the compelling novel by Chris Crutcher, Athletic Shorts tells six different stories about six different struggling teens.

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. Louie, the main character, feels bad for him and spends time with him. He always writes intelligently and with a sense of humor while simultaneously depicting his characters sympathetically.

This book shows a way forward; a path to hope and a reassurance that teens can survive this time of their lives. All with male main characters that experience a sport as an important part of their lives, these stories are complete portrayals that show growth or change.