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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This book is not for that sort cbris boy. Johnny is pushed to the limit by his competitive, and sometimes abusive dad. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. This story takes place at a pool and at Lionel’s house. 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.

I think the way Crutcher ends his books is very interesting on how he lets you pick what happens at the end and if ctutcher turns out good or bad. Lists with This Book. It goes to show stories within stories.

I can see this book being used in high schools as a motivator for reluctant readers, male or female. 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.

Aug 02, David Paul rated it really liked it. The only reason he got to dance with her in the first place was because he was on the football team. The final entry, a gritty, no-holds-barred account of the fear surrounding AIDS, is especially effective.

They all take place in different places, but they all seem the same. These short stories also cover the endings of some of Chris Crutcher’s other books. Coming from an athlete’s perspective I enjoyed that this book was about the lives of athletes and their stories.


Lionel lost his parents in a boating accident at age 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, chfis running actually count for something. Open Preview See a Problem? Another memorable part of this book is a conversation by Lionel and Mrs.

He believes he has no chance with her. Athletic Shorts was a fantastic book, and I highly suggest it.

Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories by Chris Crutcher

I would recommend it to high school students who are interested in sports. These are all sports crutccher stories, but the sportiness isn’t the most defining characteristic in any of them, instead they are all really about the relationships in our lives. I also felt like the topics that were discussed were very pertinent, because they were similar to things short I have dealt with in my life.

Refresh and try again. He is paired up to wrestle a girl in an upcoming match. I liked this book because it was different to see all of the different stories in one book.

When a author has the opportunity to further develop aspects from a previous novel that he didn’t get to explore at the time, great things can happen. The man confesses to him that he has AIDS and that he has been disowned by his own family and has come here to seek love from his uncle. Another is about a high school junior cleverly addressing the humiliation of having to wrestle a champion who is a girl. Crutcher takes serious issues head on and doesn’t ignore the fact that teenagers deal with death, love, loss, disease, and even worse.

All of the stories are about teenagers going through their early struggles. The man goes to the hospital and his friend catches him there and he is immediately scared that his friends will think he is gay too and that he has AIDS. Here he presents characters from some of his best—loved novels, as well as creating some unforgettable new personalities, in tales of love, death, bigotry, heroism, and coming of age.



Before each story, Crutcher gives a background on where the stories came from which gives even more life to them.

Six Short Stories by Chris Crutcher. Since he has such problems at his one school, his parents sends him to a different chrs. While reading this book you investigate the lives of kids who are struggling with finding themselves, and learning suorts deal with the mess athlrtic is called life. Angus has intense feelings for a popular and pretty girl named Melissa.

Throughout these 6 stories we follow 6 different young adult males that are facing some daunting situations. Except for a few things, he is completely normal.

I believe that the author did a great job of using a lot of emotions and diversity of situations.

But I believe what I believe, so I write my stories. Angus doesn’t fit in and neither does his family, Johnny has a tough father, Petey was forced into facing a girl at a wrestling match, Lionel lost his family in a boating accident and is now an orphan, Athletiic Man is a racist that may have found the light, and Louie is a boy faced with his own prejudice.

To top it off, he also has two sets of gay parents.

Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories

This is definitely a book for teens. His is cdutcher difficult and in the story he gets to dance with the girl of his dreams at the school ball. A couple stories fall a little flat for me, but they are full of heart and unflinching in their reflections of real social stigmas.