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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Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories – Wikipedia

Lists with This Book. Lionel has to overcome the death of his family. 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. Quotes from Athletic Shorts: Too proud to stay away yet terrified cruycher go, his problems are complicated by his secret love for the elected queen curtcher by the fact that kids have always teased him because both his parents are gay.

Chris Crutcher, though, is an expert at crutchrr he does-writing about reality. 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. Although this book had six different short stories, each one was interesting and had so much to it. The book consists of six short stories, each about a different person.


Another is about a high school junior cleverly addressing the humiliation of having to wrestle a champion who is a girl.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Crutcher takes serious issues head on and doesn’t ignore the fact that teenagers deal with death, love, loss, disease, and even worse. Then, he transitions into how this guy is going to wrestle this girl and he is going to show her a sorts a two and uses sexual innuendos.

The final entry, a gritty, no-holds-barred account of the fear surrounding AIDS, is especially effective.

Another aspect of the crutchwr that I appreciated was the prelude to each story. In most the stories, it is just mentioned or a sport is just part of who a character is and how they cope with a problem they are working through, which I think made their stories more believable and relatable.

Athletic Shorts

Crutcher provided why he chose to write that particular story, or who encouraged him in the writing process for that story. I look forward to readin I really enjoyed this book. In my opinion, this book was a pretty good book overall. They all take place in different places, but they all seem the same.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. I would say this book would be appropriate for high school students, starting at ninth grade, maybe even eighth.

Lionel Serbousek and Neal were best friends. Aug 04, Kellee rated it really liked it Shelves: Crutcher’s fans expect almost operatic flights of emotion, and he more than delivers here. He struggles to accomplish much in high school due to being a social outcast. The simplest things in life made us think it will either ruin us for life or make us heroes. This is because the story uses very descriptive language which brought the characters and their feelings to life.


This story takes place at a pool and at Lionel’s house.

I wanted to get better sshorts, not only sports, but things in general. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Preview — Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher. Despite what the cover might have you think, the stories are not sports-centric. Then, with the help of his friend, Lion goes out in search of his former friend to set him back on the straight path.

The fifth short story is about the “Telephone Man”, a racist man who takes after his father but ends up getting helped out with his bully problems by a black man. See 2 questions about Athletic Shorts….

But I believe what I believe, so I write my stories. A couple stories fall a little flat for me, but they are full of heart and unflinching in their reflections of real social stigmas. Refresh and try again.