Angry Management

Angry Management

by Chris Crutcher


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ISBN-13: 9780060502485
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 822,951
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Chris Crutcher has written nine critically acclaimed novels, an autobiography, and two collections of short stories. Drawing on his experience as a family therapist and child protection specialist, Crutcher writes honestly about real issues facing teenagers today: making it through school, competing in sports, handling rejection and failure, and dealing with parents. He has won three lifetime achievement awards for the body of his work: the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the ALAN Award, and the NCTE National Intellectual Freedom Award. Chris Crutcher lives in Spokane, Washington.

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Angry Management 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
JoanEnders More than 1 year ago
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
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Prop2gether on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Chris Crutcher gets it right--the anger, the hurt, the prejudice, the fear, the love, the forgiveness--that modern teens face. His books are often censored for topic or language by folks who cannot tolerate an open point of view, and that's too bad. These three novellas, reuniting various characters from other works, allow life resolutions for those characters. Some are good, and some are not--I cried through the ending of one. And, yes to an earlier review posted here, such things happen in small towns. They also happen in large cities, which is why it is important to be able to read and share these stories.
annekiwi on LibraryThing 11 months ago
An okay book. I enjoyed the first 2 stories more than the last. For no particular reason that I can define. I liked Sarah Byrnes getting a boyfriend and Angus Bethune getting a girlfriend. The part about Sarah being replaced was weird and a bit unbelievable. The Montana West story is a bit unbelievable and way too dramatic. I liked the Marcus James story, but had a hard time with the cover up. I don't know if that kind of thing really happens in small towns, but I know it couldn't happen in a bigger city due to all sorts of controls in place to keep it from happening.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Crutcher brings back an assortment of characters from his earlier books in new situations in three separate novellas. If you miss Angus Bethune, Sarah Byrnes, Marcus James, Montana West and others, this is your chance to catch up with them.
ambookgeek on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This is a good read and IMHO it is one the best of Crutcher's books (and I've read quite a few).
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Chris Crutcher has resurrected characters from previous books and short stories in the three novellas comprising Angry Management, the nickname of a teen counseling group. Misfits Sarah Byrnes, facially scarred by her abusive father, and obese Angus Bethune, with two sets of gay parents, find each other and some insights on their respective lives. Liberal minded Montana West battles her conservative father and the school board, which he heads, over freedom of the high school student press. Additionally she must advocate for her emotionally stunted five year old foster sister who her controlling father wants to return to the foster care system. The only black and openly gay student in his high school, Marcus James confronts bigotry, primarily in the form of Roger Marshall, whose family has a history of bigotry and violence. He is aided by an unexpected source, fellow student Matt Miller, a devout Christian who barely knows Marcus.There is nothing new in Angry Management, but that is fine. It is Crutcher, in his inimitable fashion, denouncing bigotry and hatred, advocating for abused children, and promoting constitutional freedoms. Readers may not remember some of the characters, but that does not matter. The stories are well written, action packed, engrossing and at times humorous. Readers will root for some characters, despise some and some will tug at their emotions. Characters are portrayed realistically and not all stories have happy, storybook endings. However, Crutcher infuses the endings with hope. A good introduction to Crutcher, Angry Management will certainly please current fans as well.
mamzel on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Chris Chrutcher has brought characters from his previous books together at the same age we left them. It lets us revisit how hurt, damaged teens manage to push on and past the adults who have done unspeakable things to them. Amazingly, the best help they get is from each other instead of professional, trained adults.
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plankt More than 1 year ago
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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teenreader27 More than 1 year ago
"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".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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DougDB More than 1 year ago
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.