Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories

Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories

by Chris Crutcher
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Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories by Chris Crutcher

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 works. They also introduce some new and unforgettable personalities who may well be heard from again in future books. As with all Crutcher's work, these are stories about athletes, and yet they are not sports stories. They are tales of love and death, bigotry and heroism, of real people doing their best even when that best isn't very good. Crutcher's straightforward style and total honesty have earned him an admiring audience and made readers of many nonreaders.

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ISBN-13: 9780688108168
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/1991
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 12 - 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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Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently finished Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher. This was a very cool and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys short stories. Although this seems like its all about sports, it is not. There is a good story behind each short story! Although each story is different I found them all to be very good. The best part of the book is the fact that although this is fiction, Crutcher does a very good job making it seem like this is happening right before your eyes.
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I am reviewing the book Athletic Shorts¿ ¿A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune¿, by Chris Crutcher; I think Crutcher¿s purpose in writing this book was to have a few short stories that are like his other books. He also states, that in his other books he lets the reader choose how the story ends. The short stories in this book are about people and what happened to them before or after the book was written. I think the Crutcher¿s intended audience is teenagers and the feelings of kids who don¿t fit in and might be overweight or different in some little way. I think the reason he choose this group is to show kid¿s/ teens how the other kids live their lives who might not be as pretty or as skinny as the other teen¿s or as we call them the popular group. The narrator¿s point of view is first person. The person telling the story is Angus. The reason why I feel it¿s important that Angus tells the story is so we can see and feel with great detail what happened;(spoiler alert) like when Angus takes Rick¿s feet out from underneath him and he lands hard on the ground and when he gets on the stage and dances with Melissa. I think Crutcher wanted Angus to be from this time period and his situation is like how teens get treated in school now, unlike how they use to. The whole thing is accurate to real life except one part when the fat kid wins by taking Rick¿s feet out from underneath him and the really hot girl chooses him over her boyfriend and gets chose to be winter ball king the reason why is because most kids would be afraid to try to take on one of the most popular kids in the school and think they would get in trouble or hurt, also they wouldn¿t try to take out the popular kid right in front of their crush or even the pretties girl in the school. The rest of it is accurate to how fat kids or unpopular/ different kids get treated in school and how some people may be different, but know how to stick up for themselves.
I think I connect most with Angus because I would stick up for my parents if they were that way, but if I had a problem with the most popular kid in school I probably wouldn¿t do the same thing though I would just ignore it and finish enjoying the night like he did. I think that Crutcher was very successful in writing this book; I learned that its not what¿s on the outside that counts it¿s what¿s on the inside. The message he was portraying which was even though some teens may act different don¿t treat them different, because you don¿t know what their home situation is like and they could have a low self esteem and it could potentially backfire on you like it did for Rick and you could loose everything you worked so hard for. Like when Melissa says ¿would you leave with me?¿ to Angus and Rick, Melissa¿s boyfriend gets really mad.
I would recommend this book to teens so they can know how it feels to be left out or be the one who doesn¿t fit in or gets laughed at all the time. I do agree with Crutcher¿s messages to teens on how discrimination and teasing can harm some teens but other teens it doesn¿t really affect them. This book was very engaging and interesting to me. I think the way Crutcher ends his books is very interesting on how he lets you pick what happens at the end and if it turns out good or bad. I would rate this book a 4 because it was very interesting and made me want to read it more, but I don¿t really like picking my own ending to books and would of liked to know more about what happened to Angus.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In ATHLETIC SHORTS, Chris Crutcher presents original short stories involving characters from his previous novels. In the book's forward, Crutcher explains, "In my travels around the country and in letters from readers, I am constantly asked what happens to certain characters in my books. So once in a while I check in" (pp. ix-x).

Each of these short stories involves a central character from a previous novel, but, while Crutcher may have intended a particular story to be a prequel or an afterward, the stories remain independent. So a person who has not read RUNNING LOOSE will still be able to understand the storyline behind IN THE TIME I GET, in which Louie Banks looks into the eyes of a friend dying of AIDS and realizes the value of time. Additionally, after getting a taste of Crutcher's novels through his short stories, readers may well be inspired to go out and acquire the novels themselves.

Athletics are the uniting theme throughout these stories, but they also give Crutcher a medium to introduce physical, mental, and emotional challenges for his characters. Sports allow a safe setting for conflict and failure, while also providing a site for characters to achieve and excel.

Thumbs Up! Award Winner, 1992
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book. I could relate to a lot of the stories because of all the sports and all kypes of emotions in it. I recommended it, I liked it and I usually don't read books like this one but it was good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In ATHLETIC SHORTS, Chris Crutcher presents original short stories involving characters from his previous novels. In the book's forward, Crutcher explains, 'In my travels around the country and in letters from readers, I am constantly asked what happens to certain characters in my books. So once in a while I check in' (pp. ix-x). Each of these short stories involves a central character from a previous novel, but, while Crutcher may have intended a particular story to be a prequel or an afterward, the stories remain independent. So a person who has not read RUNNING LOOSE will still be able to understand the storyline behind IN THE TIME I GET, in which Louie Banks looks into the eyes of a friend dying of AIDS and realizes the value of time. Additionally, after getting a taste of Crutcher's novels through his short stories, readers may well be inspired to go out and acquire the novels themselves. Athletics are the uniting theme throughout these stories, but they also give Crutcher a medium to introduce physical, mental, and emotional challenges for his characters. Sports allow a safe setting for conflict and failure, while also providing a site for characters to achieve and excel. Thumbs Up! Award Winner, 1992 **Reviewed by: Mechele R. Dillard
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it was a good book. It had good stories and characters.It had plenty of discription and emotion. It had strong plots and great settings. My favorite character is Pete Shopshire.He is a wrestler that wrestles a girl that he ends up falling in love with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was very a good book. I could relate to a lot of these people because they are athletes and so am I. They all have a lot more serious problems than me though. This book shows a lot of the problems with todays youth though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher. In this book there are six short stories Angus bathon, The Pin, The Other Pin, Telephone Man, and In The Time I Get. Angus was my favorite out of all six of these shories. This story was about a kid named Angus, he was about my age. Angus wasn't very popular and he tries really hard to fit in. He wins winter ball king. Towards the end of the story Angus gets into a fight with Rick. If you were competive in sports, you would be interested in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very good book! it did a good job discribing the authors thought beifs and life moments. this book is also a good book if you like themes suck as racism,love freindship,death,and father son relashonships. but my over all opion of this book was pretty good for a short stoy book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly an astounding book. Whether your a jock or the school nerd any one can enjoy this book. It is centered around athletics but it's themes are relevent to everyday life. This book will grip you from the first page. The stories are exciting, funny and very meaningful. The Characters come from all walks of life and are met by very rough circumstances. I would recommend this to High Schoolers, College Students, or any one looking for a good laugh with or a touching story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was pretty good. I really liked 'Goin' Fishin' but i really didn't like 'In the time I get.' I iked how he lived in 'Goin' Fishin' but still thought of his family but eventually forgave the boy that killed his parents. I also really liked 'The Pin' because my parents are very hard on me when it comes to sports and occasionaly i would lke to say this to them. 'Telephone Man' seemed out of place in this book because he had no athletic ability and although he realized being racist may be wrong it was still not a very good story. Angis Bethune was good and i liked how the fat kid got the 'hot' girl of his dreams although his family life was a little to far fetched. 'The Other Pin' was okay but not as good as the other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really written about todays youth. It relates so much to the things that really go on thorugh out high schools today. It is a great book for the youth of today to read.I even liked it enough to do my senior project on it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first story is called ¿A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune.¿ I thought this story had a good plot and characters. The author¿s description is easy to visualize. The characters are easy to visualize because the author is good at describing them and focusing on their characteristics. Also I think this book¿s plot is a good one and is very descriptive. The authors writing style is that the main character talks about what happens in his life. I recommend this book so far, considering how much I have read.