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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Angry Management by Chris Crutcher, a must read!

    As Chris left our high school he handed me the galley of AM. (Page numbered? Whew, we are good!) Enter a new anger management therapist, Nak, a Japanese cowboy therapist who has seen far too many teenagers suffer from AM, the name of his counseling sessions dedicated to a young man who always called the sessions Angry rather than Anger.

    To begin each novella, Nak writes therapy notes on the young adults: Sarah Brynes and Angus Bethune, Montana West, Matt Miller and Marcus James. And then, let the emotion, the anger, the pathos, the epiphany begin!

    As I read I said, "Oh, this is my favorite," three times. Chris' writing has never been better: eloquently sparse and band-aid-yanking raw. Love? It's here. Prejudice? Oh yes. Hypocrisy? On open display. Strength? An upper-cut worth.

    If you are a YA librarian, just save yourself some time and buy multiple copies. If you have been under a rock and are not a Crutcher fan yet, get your copy pre-ordered now!

    ENDERS Rating: Beyond loving these haunting stories!

    Joan Enders
    HS Librarian, YA Book Reviewer, Grant Writer

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2010

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    Google Chris Crutcher, and chances are one of the first topics to pop up will be censorship. That alone is cause for this reviewer to pick up his books.

    A therapist and child advocate, Crutcher is one of the finest authors I've read for teens. He not only uses real experiences with real adolescents to form his characters, he hits young adult reality fiction right on. Crutcher is honest, straightforward, and not afraid to tackle the hard subjects coming-of-age lessons forge. And boy, do kids respond.

    ANGRY MANAGEMENT is Crutcher's latest novel. Built out of three novellas involving some familiar characters from past books, adolescents and grown ups alike who can't appreciate the honesty and raw emotion brought forth from these characters do so out of fear of today's reality.

    The novellas are connected by Mr. Nak's (IRONMAN, 1995, HarperCollins) Angry Management group, a place where teens who don't follow the norm meet to tell their stories. The stories they've lived from the cards they've been dealt.

    Anger is most definitely a theme in these pages, but so are love and prejudice, freedom of religion and abuse. Hope and survival. Crutcher has a way of pulling at the deep, raw emotion we all possess, especially for kids, and bringing it to the surface. No wonder so many find his work threatening.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    Angry management is about three different stories of 17 year old

    Angry management is about three different stories of 17 year olds having huge issues in the time of their life. One is a short love story, the other is about someones dad being being the head of the school board, in which he denies the general rights of high school students and kicks the main character's little sister out of the house. The final story is about a very smart high schooler, except that he is constantly bullied in school because he is the only African-American and is gay. I really enjoyed the plots of the last two stories, because of the constant battles between the adults and high school kids throughout the book. The first story on the other hand, wasn't as great, and I never really saw any huge plot, except that there was a problem between who's dating with who. Plus, the beginning really didn't make much sense to me. Even though the book mainly talks about problems in high schoolers' lives, this book is obviously made for adults, and that's who I recommend it to (especially for the usual swearing throughout the book). Seeing that I'm not too old enough yet to understand some parts of the book, it's probably for people a bit older. Besides that, this was a pretty interesting book once I got into it.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    Not recommended for teenagers

    Yeah, I'm the one guy that thought this book was horrible. This book is horrible my 14 year old son picked it off the School summer reading list and told me he couldn't read it, when I asked why he said "because every other word is a cuss word" I counted around 20 F bombs and at least one was used to describe the act of having sex at a chaperoned event. Totaly inappropriate for a minor. do not buy this book it is a waste of money and what little I read was not even written legibly. I am in the process of having it removed from our schools library and taken off any reading lists that my be distributed in the future.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2009

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    Another thought provoking novel by Chris Crutcher

    "Angry Management" is written in the same style of Crutcher's "Athletic Shorts" with some of fans favorite characters from "Whale Talk", "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes", "Ironman" and "A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune". Written in three short stories with dialogue at the beginning and end of the novel by Nak from "Ironman", we not only revisit some old characters, but are also introduced to several new characters that readers will fall in love with. If you love Chris Crutcher's novels or you're looking for a book that will make you think about real issues affecting teens today, you should read "Angry Management".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2009

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    I couldn't put it down from start to finish!

    I pre-ordered ANGRY MANAGEMENT months ago and have counted down the days till its release. Chris Crutcher, as always, does not disappoint. From the first story that utilizes past characters Sarah Byrnes and Angus Bethune, I was pulled into their lives intensely. It was genius to bring back the character of Mr. Nak to guide the reader through the lives of past beloved characters and a new one or two. I loved this book even more than DEADLINE, Crutcher's last book-- and that's saying a lot.
    This is another one I will be buying for my friends who care about kids, as well as those who just love a great story (stories, actually).

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