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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In the compelling novel by Chris Crutcher, Athletic Shorts tells six different stories about six different struggling xthletic. Despite this controversy, Crutcher’s writing has received many awards. Using realistic situations Crutcher tells about common difficulties in the lives of his characters that teens will find familiar.

They all take place in different places, but they all seem the same.

ATHLETIC SHORTS by Chris Crutcher | Kirkus Reviews

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. The characters each face something much more serious including: Athletic Shorts is a compilation of six short stories all pertaining to the area of sports. Since the protagonists are primarily young men I feel that was the intended audience. On top of this Angus has been elected to homecoming court, what he thinks to be a joke, and his counterpart on the queen end is his long time crush.

None of the reading is particularly challenging and each is a relatively short short-story. 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. Teens still struggle with many of the same issues dealt with in the stories.

Preview — Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher. He is forced to pick between his best friend that he has played football with since they was little and a new friend that is gay. I would also recommend this book to anyone wanting to write short stories, especially stories with a definite beginning, middle and end.


The match happens and the father and son go back and forth, but who ends up pinning crutdher I’m not referring to the romantic like. 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.

Athletic Shorts

If he please someone else, then that might happen. One story is about a boy, who is bigger than most kids and gets picked on, but that is not the only peculiar thing about Angus Bethune; besides his name, his parents are divorced and have remarried. Not only that, but he must often defend both of his parents who are gay while also being a star football player in a school community that feels somewhat hostile to him.

The fourth short story is about Lionel Serbousek, who lives an angry life. As the title implies this collection of short stories uses athletics as its unifying theme. The next story is about a boy who is an excellent swimmer. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys drama and is interested in sports.

I wanted to get better at, not only sports, but things in general. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. What age do you feel it is appropriate for?

Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories by Chris Crutcher

These include embarrassing families, excessively tough fathers, getting the girl, differences, and loss of close family members. 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. The book consists of six short stories, each about a different person. Angus realizes that if he chooses to attend he will be embarrassed, and if he chooses not to attend he could be humiliated.

All of the main characters have interesting stories. Louie has to deal with a friend with AIDS. Want to Read saving….


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. Trivia About Athletic Shorts: The people from the short stories were actually characters from Crutcher’s previous books.

I always feel like teachers and librarians try to accommodate sport-motivated boys rather than reading motivated with books about sports. Crutcher provided why he chhris to write that particular story, or who encouraged him in the writing process for that story.

It was interesting to be in an author’s pre Chris Crutcher achieved what he wanted within this book.

Oct 23, Lindsey rated it liked it. Neal is the cause of the death of Lionel’s parents and brother crutcber a boating accident. From previous books I have read or shows that I have seen the athletic people always appear to have it shoets and do not have problems in their lives. Despite what the cover might have you think, the stories are not sports-centric. It has been challenged because it has a story that has an 18 shprts old boy befriending a man with AIDS, because it discusses homosexuality and because of its language.

The book Athletic Shortss Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. An involving group of stories, somewhat uneven in focus but all thought-provoking and discussable. Nov 17, Frances rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Angus finds a way to cope with the situation he finds himself in and sports is the reason why he gets his dream dance. Copy and past your book review in this space: He always writes intelligently and with a sense of humor while simultaneously depicting his characters sympathetically.