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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Also, to a student who may be dealing with something that they could relate to one of the main characters in one of the stories. He wants to do what’s right, but has a tug of war with himself on what that is. Crutcher’s fans expect almost crhis flights of emotion, and he more than delivers here. Jun 01, Melissa rated it liked it.

Many adolescents are not comfortable in their own skin, and feel they have reasons to be embarrassed of their parents or their family, and that’s what makes Angus’ story so relatable and funny. Some stories were very sad, and made me respect what I chriis.

With the guidance of his grandfather, the boy meets up with the girl and they figure something out that will leave the crowd, and the coaches in awe. In the story about a friend with AIDS, the main character, Louie, grows tremendously from a friend afraid to be near the AIDS victim to learning a lesson about living a full life.

He lives in a small town in Idaho and has a happy family who all support him. These stories are easy to read despite dealing with social situations and moral dilemmas: However, the journey Angus and us take to get that point hits home. We follow him in one day of school and he tells us what he goes through and how he feels about all of the people that he sees there at school.


I wanted to get better at, not only sports, but things in general.

School Library Journal Review below. It has some sex references and some bad language.

This story takes place at the hospital. Johnny suffers from family problems, and his dad only wants the best from him. This book has strong female characters, and good messages in almost every story. I found it refreshing to read crutvher stories with clear endings. From afhletic, to finding out your friends has AIDS, to learning your best friend killed your family, these kids have it rough. The man is suffering and Louie has to decide whether he should help or not.

These are some of the stories in the book that will take you back to your younger days and school. It is similar to the other short stories in the book because they all tell the stories of athletes with some kind of emotional struggle. The characters each face something much more serious including: Johnny is pushed to the limit by his competitive, and sometimes abusive dad.

After reading Athletic Shorts, I feel like my life changed and I had gained new knowledge on real struggles that people face around the world. Sep 11, Elizabeth Harty rated it really liked it. Angus-a fat kid always bullied and ready to take his stance. Great for my teen boy students. In one crhis high school graduate football player is faced with his fears of a homosexual coworker at his summer job.


Please provide an email address. If he please someone else, shorys that might crutcger. Lionel lost his parents in a boating accident at age See 2 questions about Athletic Shorts…. I think that this book is good for teens, ranging from From previous books I have read or shows atthletic I have seen the athletic people always appear to have it together and do not have problems in their lives.

Athletic Shorts

Sep 30, Kellie Wagner rated shlrts really liked it Shelves: When the story starts, his family and he are going fishing.

Aug 02, David Paul rated it really liked it. I wasn’t a good student for I hated school.

Jul 07, Leftbanker rated it it was amazing Shelves: Six Short Stories by Chris Crutcher. This collection of short stories are often found on the ALA challenged book list.

Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories – Wikipedia

Be the first to discover new talent! The short stories are very interesting and enjoyable but I think that some don’t have the greatest of endings or are cut short.

These include embarrassing families, excessively tough fathers, getting the girl, differences, and loss of close family members. In an unexpected even at the mall, the crutccher in this story and his friend from the previous story meet these girls and the more confident, cockier one of the two, the one from the previous story, begins bragging about how the two of them are wrestlers.