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Harper Collins, Sep 22, 2009 - Young Adult Fiction - 288 pages
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Bo Brewster has been at war with his father for as long as he can remember. Following angry outbursts at his football coach and English teacher that have cost him his spot on the football team and moved him dangerously close to expulsion from school, he turns to the only adult he believes will listen: Larry King.

In his letters to Larry, Bo describes his quest for excellence on his own terms. No more coaches for me, he tells the talk show icon, no more dads. I'm going to be a triathlete, an Ironman.

Relegated to Mr. Nak's before-school Anger Management group (which he initially believes to be populated with future serial killers and freeway snipers), Bo meets a hard-edged, down-on-their-luck pack of survivors with stainless steel shields against the world that Bo comes to see are not so different from his own. It is here he meets and falls in love with Shelly, a future American Gladiator, whose passion for physical challenge more than matches his.

Ironman is a funny, sometimes heartbreaking story about growing up in the heart of struggle. It is about standing up, getting knocked down, and standing up again. It is about being heard--and learning to listen.


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This a great book. I love the way author writes the setting, and how the characters and main character communicate with each other.

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In order to understand this novel, you have to comprehend Chris Crutcher's writing style. Ironman by Chris Crutcher kept me interested, fascinated and compelled to the situations in the book. Bo, a physically fit yet skinny high school senior, starts off as a troubled teen living a basis life of solitare besides his training for a local marathon. The books shows where and how Bo started and how he ended through but a small portion of his life. How would you feel if you didn't constantly have some type of companion to help you pass through a stage of life? Ironman By Chris Crutcher is a book filled with emotions and controversies.


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Page 24 - The kid has no respect." Lion is quiet. He's heard that terminology all his life, usually directed at himself, and he knows it's misnamed. He respects many things, as certainly Bo must, but that's another issue and this isn'ta philosophical discussion. lf it were, he certainly wouldn't be having it with Keith Redmond. "Maybe that's not the point.
Page 31 - S, but then l get this shotgun wake-up call at high midnight. l have this dream a lot: l'm standing by a huge steel door, intent on closing it in absolute silence. My father looms over me, hands on his hips, eyes blood red like some kind of special effect.
Page 187 - Lately l've been thinking maybe God was behind my self-imposed banishment from team sports, rather than Redmond, because this kind of training feels almost spiritual. There were times in the fall as...
Page 36 - December twenty-fifth, l lay on my bed reading a Popeye comic book while my parents and sister opened their gifts less than four feet on the other side of the wall, and l felt a cold, stainless steel cage close over that heart.
Page 73 - ... respect went down the toilet when he had to scream at me and question my manhood in front of the rest of the guys or the crowd at the football game when l didn't do it exactly right.
Page 268 - What must it mean to Hudge to participate in this? To belong, to have a hand in someone striking a blow for him?
Page 187 - And l want to tell people, but only a few can hear because if you haven't taken your body or your brain or your spirit Shelly can hear it; that's one reason t love her.

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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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