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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,967 ratings  ·  192 reviews
Bo has been at war with his father for as long as he can remember. The rage he feels gives him the energy as a triathlete to press his body to the limit, but it also translates into angry outbursts toward his teachers.

Now dangerously close to expulsion from school, Bo has been assigned to Anger Management sessions with the school "truants." With an eclectic mix of hard-edg
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by Greenwillow Books (first published April 14th 1995)
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Oct 14, 2007 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with a dysfunctional family
Thanks to a professor in an adolescent lit class, I first picked up this marvelous book. Being a consummate couch potato, the sports that permeate Crutcher's novels was initially a turn-off. However, once I read this book, I was hooked. Chris Crutcher has a background in psychology and his depiction of kids in crisis is always insightful and often heartbreaking. He is a master of the problem novel.

Beau Brewster is a 17 year old boy who gets into a power struggle with a teacher who is very much l
Ironman was a great book!

This book was quirky and humorous, especially Bo's letters to Larry King. I had been confused at first by the switching of first person to third person, but after I had gotten used to it, it had been very enjoyable! Though I am particularly not that much into sports, I found it quite interesting about Bo Brewster entering to be in a triathlon. His training sounds brutal, and I know that I'd never be in a thing quite like that! Bo's determination and motivation is pure an
The narrator is an angry kid with an angry father. His nemesis is his English teacher and football coach, Mr. Redmond. He calls him an a-hole and is forced to attend anger management classes where he meets a girl he really respects. The others in the group become his crew, the leader his mentor, along with his swim coach. It's an inspiring story about family, loyalty, hard work, and integrity. There aren't any easy answers, and I think those are the best kinds of books. I cried at the end, and I ...more
In yet another sports centered novel of young men training toward a goal, Crutcher explores the often dysfunctional relationships between fathers and sons.

This novel is a good read on several levels. It's the story of an outstanding young man coming to terms with his anger. It's about gaining some perspective about what causes some bullies to behave as they do and it suggests some means of coping with the thousand little shocks that flesh is heir to.

I enjoyed seeing characters from other Crutc
Jared Lindley
I pretty much thought this was a great book, I could really relate to it. I could relate to this novel because it has to do with anger in school, and anger towards adults that dont respect you... Now I know the saying "Respect your elders" but it would be hard when you are getting picked on by this older person Mr. Redmond, who is Bo Brewsters teacher (Bo is the main character in this story too), and football coach. Redmond was picking on Bo because Bo decided he did not want to play football an ...more
I thought of the book to be a lesson Don't ever back down in what you believe in, and don't let any one tell you, you can't do it. Although there are many lessons in this book the main one is family is never easy It will never be easy either. Bruster did was Not fight his enemy's but out did them Use there demeaning acts and put it to his straights.
Jacob Lehman
I rated the book three stars because I really thought it was a little slow. There were some boring parts where not much happend and I do not like that in a book because it is not fun for me to read. I also didn't like the ending of the book as I thought it was kind of left unclear. I did think that the book had some good themes about life. Like to never give up and keep trying and things like that. I'm not sure if I would read a book by the same author. I think it would depend on the general plo ...more
WOW. I don't know which I like better: Ironman or “Staying Fat.” I do know that I want to get my hands on every Chris Crutcher book ever written. Crutcher has a talent for writing honestly and often alarmingly accurately about the nature of human behavior. This book easily was one of my favorites, right up there with Speak, Ender's Game, and The Giver. I could relate to Bo as he was training; I used to swim and run, and I have two Siberians that take me and my husband for a walk daily. The one p ...more
Chris Crutcher never disappoints. While I'm not a fan of books about sports, I am a fan of Crutcher. Sports become the backdrop for his novels, which are character driven more than anything else. Ironman focuses on the Bo Brewster, a high school senior, training for the Yukon Jack triathlon. The novel begins when Bo is sentenced to an anger management class. The novel explores Bo's explosive relationship with the his father, which is set against the triathlon. While some references are now dated ...more
Nick C
This was a very good book to read it really caught my attenion. its was about a teen named Bo that grew up in high school which had anger problems. he never got along with anybody and was left alone. he would get into fights and trobule he thought it was cool. He rides his bike considering himself him self "bad" because hes moving fast away from everyone and taking another adventure. Bo is bi-polar also emotional that thinks hes ok on his own when clearly he needs help thats why hes in a anger m ...more
Austin Hill
i thought it was alright, i would recommend it to book worms. maybe even for runners because it is very interesting for long distance runners. bo at first sounded boring but the book later progressed to be a decent book. the only reason i didnt like it was because i hate reading and it was long.

Kelsey Moak
Bo is an athlete who is very driven when it comes to sports. Unfortunately he also has a temper and after lashing out at a teacher he has been suspended for the third time. He is given a choice: home schooling with Ms. Conroy or taking an ager management class. He opts for the anger management class and must attend regularly with the other trouble makers of the school.

To channel his rage, Bo decides to particpate in an Ironman competition: swimming, bicycling and running. The story is told throu
I think I'm in love with Chris Crutcher! He writes YA books, that explain to me about those kids who grow up with a disfunctional family. I hope his work will give me the empathy I need when working with middle school kids this school year.
Blake Pope
Ironman was a pretty okay book. I didn't hate it, but the story is rather cookie cutter. For being a Young Adult novel there is a rather large influence that parents and teachers play. I gave the book three stars because I love how it was written. Half of the time, the main character is writing a detailed record of his training to Larry King and the rest of the time it is narrated.


This book does contain some PG-13 language. There are numerous examples of violence throughout the book. Th
Nick Meyer
I gave this book a 3/5 stars because it had an alright story line but i did not like the main character. I did not like BO because it seemed liked he was seeking attention and if he did not get it he seemed to go home and get mad about it. Also thought it was a good part when his dad and him argued because it taught both of them to see the other side of there story and try to understand each other by the end of the book.I thought the anger management was good for BO because he learned important ...more
I think this book was a really good book because it had different aspects in the book that can be and are used in real life situations. I found this book inspiring and motivating and any one who is interested in sports or athletics should definitely read this book because it has some sports in it like swimming, cycling and running. i would recommend this book for people who range in age from 10 and above. So yes, i liked this book and i would for sure recommend it to other people because its sim ...more
Alex C.
The book Ironman offers a wide variety of excitement and suspense. Chris Cutcher, author of Ironman is a gripping novel that talks about a kid named Bo who longs to be a gladiator with his super strong girlfriend, Shelly. Ironman is a thrilling novel that explains real life situations and explains the hardships that life can bring. Bo has troubles at times controlling his anger, and gets himself put into Mr. Nak’s anger management group. This is where our story begins.
Bo goes to the same schoo
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Austin Reynolds
Well, over the last couple weeks we have been reading the book Ironman, by Chris Crutcher. By looking at my star rating, you could guess that I loved this book. The book implemented conflict, trust, courage, and a bit of athletic struggle to be the best you can be. All of these parts make this book great.
It starts out as Bo Brewster writing to Larry King, famed talkshow host, letting Larry know that he is an up and coming athlete who is going to be famous for he Ironman completions. Later on h
Devin Clabough
i liked it but it was just some of the things that he went through that made me on the edge of linking what he would do to get into trouble. His dad wanted him to open and shut the door quietly 23 times and he refused so the consequences that he got was he would come home and go straight to his room without any question or words about it. Bo's dad made him miss christmas becuase he had to stay in his room. he maybe stayed in his room for months.
other than the bad things he learned alot from go
Robyn Kerr
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Jimmy Blundell
I recently finished reading the book "Ironman", and I enjoyed it quite a bit. The book started off pretty slow and I almost wanted to put it down within the first few chapters, but about a third of the way through, it picked up the pace, and I ended up feeling glad that I stuck with it.
This book took place in a Spokane, Washington, and is about a boy named Bo Brewster. Bo Brewster is a troubled youth, often having problems with his father at home, and then his English teacher at school. Both l
Kaily Kurzweil
I read this book for our English class and at first I wasn't sure if I would like it very well or not. After reading about the first two or three chapters I knew I would really like this book. It was very real and it didn't try to spare the readers by 'beating around the bush,' instead it told it like it was and how it really would be in real life. Some of the characters weren't described very well and it was hard to picture them, but their personalites and stories were realistic. One of the th ...more
Mallory Wiskur
I really like the book Ironman, because it had a good plot and theme. The characters were very relateable as well. This book had a slow start, but once the plot started to pick up i couldn't put it down.

I liked the plot, because it had situations that every teenager can relate to. For example, Bo has problems with his dad. I think that every teenager has problems with their parents when they are teenagers, even if Bo's problems were probably more difficult, because teenagers think that they kn
I feel like at first the book was really awful, and I decided i couldnt force myself to read it. But as time progressed, so did my interest in the book. After I got over his sumwhat odd infatuation with Larry King, I was then able to focous more on the plot. As you will see once you read the book, Bo's temper is what corrupts his decisions but also motivates him to bigger and better achievements. Such as his goal of being a triathelete.

It starts with his constant agression and intolerance for
Ashli Wheeler
I enjoyed this book because it was relatable, I would recommend this book to young adults. In the book Ironman it starts out with Bo, a troubled teen who couldn't control his anger. He was faced with many obstacles in the bok and had two choices to each problem; he could either blow up, or blow it off. Bo's first encounter with a problem was with Mr. Redmond, his English teacher. Mr. Remond gave Bo a hard time and was determined to teach him a lesson about quitting. When Bo had finally had enoug ...more
Ironman, at first was hard for me to get into but once I kept going the plot and suspense really built up. This book turned out to be really good and I think it has issues that everyone can relate to in some way. From reading this book, I can say that there are lessons to be learned from it. For these reasons I reccommend it to all teenagers.

Ironman surprised me with it's diverse group of characters. Even though it was a "Young Adult" type of book, it didn't have the normal cliche, stereotypical
Alishia Barber
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Austin Ray
I realy wasn't intersted in the book at first. In fact I didn't even read chapter one. As time went on though I got intrested in the book. I read it and really enjoyed it. There's so many reasons of why I liked the book though. I believe that a lot of "young adults" would in fact enjoy reading this book.
I think the first thing I liked about the book was to me the characters were all like real life people. Even though I don't see people like that everyday doesn't mean they don't exist. I could
Oh where to start. Well lets start off by saying that this book was pretty well thought out with a twist to the plot. First beginning with an abundance of emotions. Father-son relationships gone bad, yada yada yada. Learning when to give respect before expecting respect plays a large role in this novel. A child can only take so much negativity before they can't handle anymore and that is shown well in this book being that the main character Bo has a football coach also his english teacher alway ...more
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“Then hearing Elvis today made me think I didn't have a lot to bitch about, but when I said that to Mr. Nak after group, he said, "Don't get to thinkin' just because some other guy's sinkin' in horse manure, the stuff up around your neck is chocolate puddin'. A wound is a wound, young Brewster. Remember that. Don't diminish the pain of your own just because you see some other gut-shot cowboy bleedin' to death.” 7 likes
“See, Mr. Nak'll be talking about how anger comes creeping up, hoping you're not paying attention so it can trick you into something really embarrassing or degrading, and before you know it he's got you thinking about your life, or worse, talking about it. He keeps asking what seem like harmless questions, and it almost seems safe to answer them. Next thing you know you're ready to say something you thought you'd never tell anybody.” 3 likes
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