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Running Loose

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,392 Ratings  ·  330 Reviews
Louie Banks has it made.He's got a starting spot on the football team, good friends, and a smart, beautiful girlfriend who loves him as much as he loves her.

Early in the fall, he sees all his ideas of fair play go up in smoke; by spring, what he cares about most has been destroyed. How can Louie keep going when he's lost everything?
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1983)
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Mar 05, 2015 BRANDON SCHEER rated it liked it
This was a pretty good book, although it was not my favorite book. I thought it was fairly relatable. I haven’t had anyone die that was very hard to cope with because they were all when I was younger, but it can give you ideas on how to deal with it when it does happen.

In this book there is a senior in high school who has a fairly rough past. He had done things he wishes he didn’t and that he regrets. He is in all the sports but isn’t a star in them. His favorite sport is football. In the begin
Louis Knecht
Oct 29, 2014 Louis Knecht rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was extremely interesting and relateable. There were a lot of very interesting things that happened to the main character Louie. I think that the author did a terrific job on the whole story line of the book. It was a great book to read. I like how the author makes the book seem so real.

There were a lot of interesting events that happened in the plot. The main character Louie worked very hard all summer to make a starting position on the football team. When football sta
Joe Schalkowski
Mar 13, 2014 Joe Schalkowski rated it really liked it
I read the book “Running Loose” by Chris Crutcher. The book was very good and had a well laid out plot and storyline. The main character, Louis, basically had his senior year at Trout High School made until he makes a drastic decision that ends it all. Louis trained all summer to be able to start on the varsity football team. After the first game, he gets asked out on a date by the prettiest girl in his class, Becky. One of the teams in their conference was Salmon River. They had a new quarterba ...more
Sep 30, 2014 Blake added it

“Running Loose,” by Chris Crutcher is about a high school senior football player named Louis. Louis attended Trout High School and had been working super hard all summer for his senior football season. After the first football game, he had his eye on Becky, who was the prettiest girl in the school. She asked him out on a date and he felt as if he was in a dream. A few games into the season, the team was undefeated and still had to face the toughest team of the season. The Salmon River High Schoo
Carl Koch
Jan 13, 2014 Carl Koch rated it it was amazing
I read the book "Running Loose" by Chris Crutcher. I thought that the book was very well written because it always kept you interested. When the book starts, the main character Louie has it all together. He is on the football team, has a hot girlfriend, and everything is going smooth. It all starts to change though when he quits the football team because his coach tells him to hurt one of the black kids. Then to make it all worse, his girlfriend dies in a tragic accident. The author makes a poin ...more
Josh B
Nov 11, 2015 Josh B rated it really liked it
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Dec 18, 2014 Anthony rated it it was amazing
“Running Loose” by Chris Crutcher the story starts out about a football player, Louis. After the first game of the season he really liked this girl named Becky. Half why through the season the team still had not lost a game. But they still had a tough game ahead of them against Salmon River High School. Coach Lednecky told the team they had to injure the quarterback because that was the only way to win the game. Louis’s team’s fullback took a cheap shot at the quarterback that injured him. Louis ...more
Corey Schmidt
Dec 04, 2013 Corey Schmidt rated it really liked it
I read the book “Running Loose” by Chris Crutcher. It’s about a high schooler named Louis and what he goes through during his senior year. It starts out with Louis and his best friend Carter preparing for the upcoming football season. Halfway through the season Becky asks him on a date and they become a couple. Everything changes though when they play Salmon River and their new Quarterback, Washington. Halfway through the game Louis’s coach orders them to take out Washington on purpose. One of L ...more
William Young
Mar 13, 2015 William Young rated it really liked it
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Feb 13, 2009 Dale rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
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Feb 25, 2016 Cathy rated it really liked it
Re-reading the Crutcher canon in publication order. Sigh. I am still in love, after all these years.
Dec 20, 2016 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Personal Response
I enjoyed the book, Running Loose, by Chris Crutcher, because it showed the real life struggles some people experience. I think people can and will learn life lessons from this book. I think the author did a great job of describing the events that took place.

In the beginning of the story Louie was playing a football game and a fellow football player on his team made a cheap shot on another player from an opposing team. The boy from the other teams broke his ribs, and was d
Casey C. 6 Cooper
Oct 25, 2016 Casey C. 6 Cooper rated it liked it
Running Loose by Chris Crutcher, is the story of Louie, a senior in high school. He had everything a high school senior needs, a job, a girl, a good friend, and he had gotten a starting role on his school’s eight man football team. In one of his games one of the opposing players is really good and threatening to be the cause of the team’s first loss in years. The coach then orders the players to make an illegal hit on the kid any chance they got. Louie then protest and gets kicked of the team. A ...more
Zach Kavaljian
Jan 07, 2017 Zach Kavaljian rated it really liked it
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I read Running Loose by Chris Crutcher which filled the verb category. I would rate this book a 3-5 because it was an ok book. I would definitely maybe read it again. I would recommend anyone who likes football.
Josie Dalley
Dec 19, 2016 Josie Dalley rated it it was ok
I wasn't the biggest fan of this book. It was good writing but it wasn't my type of writing that I appreciate the most. I thought most of this book was pointless and didn't really have any purpose being written.
Candra Aditya
Nov 13, 2016 Candra Aditya rated it really liked it
being teenager is sucks and crutcher understand that very, very well.
Oct 20, 2016 Amelia rated it it was amazing
Yet again another Chris Crutcher book had me tearing up and laughing at the same time.
May 24, 2010 Lindsay rated it liked it
I was surprise initially by this book. At the onset, I was surprised at how enjoyable reading about football was. I’m not a big fan of sports literature, in fact the last sports book I remember reading was about Jackie Robinson in the fourth grade. Crutcher however, writes in a way to capture any audience. He writes using football as the event, but not as the meaning of the book. I was also surprised, as the story continued, at how the novel dealt with so many issues and events outside of the be ...more
Ryne Steinacker
May 18, 2014 Ryne Steinacker rated it did not like it
Shelves: engl-420
[Note: Spoilers ahead.]

Louie Banks's senior year of high school looks like it's going to be amazing. His love life hasn't been so stellar in the past, but now he has an amazing girlfriend, Becky, who loves him for who he is--much to his amazement. He's spent the past summer working out and is now starting on his high school football team, prepped to help lead them to another state championship. It seems like nothing could go wrong--and so, of course, almost everything does. When Louie protests a
Apr 09, 2012 Ellen rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-420

I loved this book. I loved the plot, the voice, the language, the message, the characters. I loved how there were so many strong adult role models in this book and only a few really bad ones. I get tired of books where parents are absent, dead, divorced or abusive. This is the kind of book that you can read over and over and learn new things every time. I plan on reading it again. Running Loose is about a high school senior--Louis Banks--who lives in a one horse town in Idaho. He has jus
Running Loose is a tale of pains and gains in an adolescent world, where so called unimportant events are monumental for Louie Banks. For example, dirty football is atrocious to him; stupidity is scoff-worthy; and undeserved praise is annoying and unacceptable, especially when his self-righteous principal claims it. His elders do not realize is that his brazen courage allows him to defy authority when he feels that said authority is being abused and misdirected; even worse, they do not recognize ...more
Yes Yessenheimer
Jul 22, 2016 Yes Yessenheimer rated it really liked it
Running Loose, by Chris Crutcher, is a novel dealing with themes of death, loss, and maturity. The main character, high school senior Louie Banks, basically had it all: a starting spot on the varsity football team, good friends, and a girlfriend, Becky, who loved him as much as he loved her. However, his life essentially falls apart once he quits the football team after an act of unsportsmanlike conduct that the coach supported and Becky dies in a car accident. With the help of his friends and f ...more
Marlon Rezash
Oct 01, 2013 Marlon Rezash rated it it was amazing
Marlon Rezash
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Summer Read Book Review

This last summer I read a book. The title of the book is Running Loose by Chris Crutcher. This book is told in first person by a high school senior at Trout High School, his name is Louie Banks. Louie is an average kid in high school nothing too different about him. He’s also on the football team, a football team that hasn’t lost a game since Louie was freshmen. The first main problem Louie runs into is when one of the teams his high school pla
Bariza Kennedy Sunday
Apr 12, 2015 Bariza Kennedy Sunday rated it it was amazing
If you lost everything you care about, how would you keep going? In Chris Crutcher’s book Running Loose, Louie has lost a lot but keeps on persevering through it and working hard to fulfill his dream of playing pro football. This book takes place in Idaho at the college Louie and his friends play football at. Louie is a nice guy who plays football. His best friend is Carter who is the quarterback of the team. Carter and Louie work together in football and in everyday life. Louie’s girlfriend is ...more
Devyn C
Dec 10, 2015 Devyn C rated it really liked it
Running loose by Chris Crutcher was an amazing book with twists and turns around every corner. Chris Crutcher kept on my toes all throughout the book throw different emotions every which way. First it was love, then it was fear, and then it was sorrow. Running loose by Chris Crutcher would definitely be in my top 5 football books of all time. There was not one point in the book where I wanted to stop reading it! Every second of everyday my eyes were glued to the outstanding words of Chris Crutch ...more
Kiera Beddes
Mar 18, 2016 Kiera Beddes rated it it was ok
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Nov 20, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teens 16 and up, as well as adults
Genre/Category: Sports/Coming of Age

I never thought I could be so affected by a sports novel! In fact, I don’t think I have ever read a book about sports in which I even became attached to the characters—unless you count the quidditch games in Harry Potter. It wasn’t until I had read several chapters that I realized it, but Running Loose drew me in so deeply that it was hard for me to get myself back into reality each time I had to stop reading.

The story is about Louie, a high school senior in
Kasey Schultz
Oct 02, 2013 Kasey Schultz rated it it was amazing
Summer Read Step 3

The story “Running Loose” includes a main character by the name of Louie. Louie is a teenage boy in high school. He is on the football team and is the running back. He is good in school and is a chick magnet. He has a girlfriend named Becky. She is a sweetheart and makes a good couple with Louie. Anyways, Louie has an attitude that changes like the weather. One day he will be a happy and caring individual. The next day he will be mad and disrespectful. For example, his coach Le
Amanda Childs
Oct 07, 2012 Amanda Childs rated it it was ok

Louie is by no means perfect, but he does try to live his life by certain principles. He believes in respect, honor on the football field, and loyalty in friendship. So when his sporting coach has the team play dirty to get rid of a skilled black player on a rival team, Louie loses it. He quits the team and challenges school authorities over the issue, only to see little come from his efforts. And that's not all–when his girlfriend gets in a car accident, louie feels like his
Oct 25, 2009 Lindsay rated it liked it
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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. Running Loose and Athletic Shorts were on the ALA's top 100 list of most frequently challenged books for 1990-2000. His books generally feature teens coping with serious problems, including abusive parents, racial ...more
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