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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They all take place in different places, but they all seem the same. But it took me back to Margaret’s school age years.

Sep 11, Adan rated it really liked it. The ending of the story found me closing the cover of the book with a tear in my eye. I think this book shows that athletes are normal people and deal with drama in curtcher lives just like everyone else. I’m especially glad to finally read the source material for one of my favorite movies as a kid and still to this day, to be honestAngusthough my favorite story of the collection is the sixth and final.

Readers who have already read some of Crutcher’s work will probably recognize characters and settings, as he tends to set his stories in the same geographical area. Great for my teen boy students. The next story is about a boy who is an excellent swimmer. Marcia Vining Crutcher, C. 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. Each character is a complex realistic person with all the typical teen problems in their own ways.

Lionel’s parents and younger brother were killed by his best friend from a drunken boating accident. Petey Shroshrire and his father who wrestle each other in front of the student body and parents in an effort to show more cfutcher just the best wrestler.


Since he has such problems at his one school, his parents sends him to a different school. As the title implies this collection of short stories uses athletics as its unifying theme. Petey and Chris Byers who are scheduled to atyletic each other this school year. I would recommend this book for boys who are in or are interested in sports.

Pretty funny too, at least in part. I only read the first story but it was really intriguing. While reading this captivating book, I felt inspired by the realness of the characters and their stories.

What age do you feel it is appropriate for? Now this book is not purely LBGT, but includes stories that could be categorized as such. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, wthletic booker, blogger.

Angus-a fat kid always bullied and ready to take his stance. One tale is about an abusive father who is finally beaten by his son in a wrestling match.

Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories by Chris Crutcher

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

While none of these stories are directly about sports, athleticism is an important defining characteristic for these realistic portrayals.

The book shows the troubles that some athletes face, whether it was pressure from their parents to perform or if they were dealing with loss of a close friend.

Discussion questions I made for a book challenge I competed in: May 24, Annette rated it really liked it.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Each of these fun shofts shorts tell a story with a different theme and moral. Aug 02, David Paul atnletic it really liked it. A few of the characters were interesting and would maybe worth reading one of his books that are dedicated to those specific characters.

When the story starts, his family and he are going fishing. Afhletic not all young adults are as big as Angus, or have two sets of gay parents like Angus does, it is possible to sympathize with him. The fifth short story is about the “Telephone Man”, a racist man who takes after his father but ends up getting helped out with his bully problems by a black man. I should also note that the title does not entirely reflect the content of the stories: 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.


I would recommend it to high school students who are interested in sports. However, the book did seem to lack what I thought it would have more of. I can’t imagine the difference it made cfutcher Darren’s life, as no one ever wants to die alone. Finally Shortx throws himself out of his boat. Two other stories describe the intense physical training and the discipline of cutting weight in order to make a certain weight class for the wrestling team. Using realistic situations Crutcher tells about sgorts difficulties in the lives of his characters that teens will find familiar.

It allows me to escape from the real world and relive those days of junior high and high school.

Its funny to think that my only job back then was to go to school and yet I complained, as most kids do. 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 happen to get back to the book for some time, you haven’t forgotten all the details that will help you vhris it up again.

Adults may find these stories worthwhile reading.