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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Angus has intense feelings for a popular and pretty girl named Melissa.

Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher

shoets Lionel screams and screams but his family pays no mind. What’s the Name o Many adolescents are not comfortable chri 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.

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.

The man is dying of AIDS in the hospital and athletoc very lonely, just looking for a friend. Chris Crutcher’s writing is controversial, and has been frequently challenged and even banned by individuals who want to censor his books by removing them from libraries and classrooms. Mar 26, Aly Kennedy rated it liked it. 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.


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. I really enjoyed Chris Crutcher’s short stories and was glad to know that they came from the characters and situations that he wrote in some of his previous novels. Jun 06, Matt Klingbeil rated it liked it. Petey is Johnny’s best friend and this story takes place at a wrestling match. Adults may find these stories worthwhile reading. Louie has to deal with a hsorts with AIDS.

The boy challenges his father to a father-son wrestling match, which of course his father agrees to because he does not want to appear to be a coward or submissive to his son, whom he views as weaker than him. The short story format keeps the action focused and definitely packs a punch. A couple stories fall a little flat for me, but they are full of heart and unflinching in their reflections of real social stigmas. This book was very engaging and interesting to me.

Sep 11, Elizabeth Harty rated it really liked it. This is because the story uses very descriptive language which brought the characters and their feelings to life. One tale is about an abusive father who is finally beaten by his son in a wrestling match.

Athletic Shorts is an inspiring fiction book written by Chris Crutcher, and it tells the stories of six different athletes and their personal struggles. Finally Lion throws himself out of his boat. All of us prejudge people on some basis, be it race, sexual preference, height, age or any scores of categories we use to make ourselves seem superior when we are, in fact, feeling inferior. Return to Book Page.


All of these boys learn from their beautiful but hard adventures.

Johnny has a father who is very controlling and extremely hard on Johnny. His friends threaten to not hang out with him anymore if he starts hanging out with a gay man with AIDS.

Athletic Shorts

My job today is going to work, paying bills, getting the car fixed, keeping the house up and on and on and on. I always feel like teachers and librarians try to accommodate sport-motivated boys rather than reading motivated with books about sports.

I found it refreshing to read short stories with clear endings. Apr 22, Susan added it. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

Published November 5th athletkc Greenwillow Books first published January 1st Athletic Shorts was a fantastic book, and I highly suggest it. Make you feel the way I felt He’s been on his own since then as well.


I also felt like the topics that were discussed were very pertinent, because they were similar to things that I have dealt with in my life.

The so-vulnerable Lionel Stotan! The boy is uneasy about this because no one in afhletic small town has been heard of having AIDS and he is unsure if he will catch it just from being around him.