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Angry Management

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,030 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Every kid in this group wants to fly. Every kid in this group has too much ballast.

Mr. Nak's Angry Management group is a place for misfits. A place for stories. And, man, does this crew have stories.

There's Angus Bethune and Sarah Byrnes, who can hide from everyone but each other. Together, they will embark on a road trip full of haunting endings and glimmering beginnings.
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Greenwillow Books
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Chris Crutcher does it again. Seriously, this guy could write phone book entries for a living, and I'd still read and enjoy them. This title is a collection of 3 novellas, which incorporate some major and minor characters seen before in Crutcher's works - Mr. Nak, Angus Bethune and Sarah Byrnes and Coach Simet, among others, all reappear. There are also references to other characters/events from those books (such as TJ Jones from Whale Talk), so close readers of Crutcher will enjoy the new inter ...more
Nov 15, 2011 Darcy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011, ya
What I really liked about this book was that it revisited some of the secondary characters we have read about in this author's previous books, but I was blown away with the third story.

The first story dealt with Sarah Byrnes, someone I really admired from Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes. After reading that book I didn't think we could learn anything else about her that would be worse, but I should know better than to ever think that as she learns something about her mother that has the ability to d
Using the plot device of an anger management group for troubled teens, Crutcher presents three novellas that explore the reasons why each member has been referred to the group.

There are a couple of familiar characters from Crutcher's other novels or stories: Angus Bethune, the fat teen with two sets of gay parents from "Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories," finds friendship and the possibility of love with Sarah Byrnes, the burned girl from the novel "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes," as they take a
This book is the perfect example of the love/hate relationship I have with Chris Crutcher, particularly his work over the last few years. Stotan, Running Loose, and The Crazy Horse Electric Game (I know that isn't the order they were published in, but it is the order I read them) excited me, moved me, made me laugh, made me cry and truly elevated me. Because of those books, for years I eagerly awaited each new book of his.

Unfortunately, he's gone from a talented writer who could move me and mak
Jun 28, 2009 Az rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
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Since this was a collection of 3 loosely connected novellas, it seems fitting to consider each story separately.

Story #1, "Kyle Maynard and the Craggy Face of the Moon": this was my second favorite of the three. Sarah and Angus were both quite easy to empathize with, and the anger, redemption, and healing contained in the story was powerful and touching. What happened to Sarah was truly terrible, and her strength made an impact on me.

Story #2, "Montana Wild": Least favorite. Montana and Trey may
I've been reading Chris Crutcher's books for over 10 years now. I've always loved his writing. This book is like three stories in one, incorporating some of his characters from past books. I wish I remembered them enough to make their stories a little more interesting.

The first two were okay reads, but could have benefited from being a story in themselves with a bit more plot. They seemed to short to really take off.

But the last! It was riveting, and I really never expected to run
Familiar faces and settings return in Chris Crutcher's most recent work, which is a collection of three short stories. This time, he has brought back some favorite secondary characters to give them a chance to resolve some of the issues they were confronted with in earlier novels.

The first piece focuses on Sarah Byrnes from Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes. She was the teen who had bad burns on her face from an incident with her father when she was younger. She is now getting a chance to try and rec
Cathy Nelson
The book was terrific. Not only will it appeal to struggling readers, it will also appeal to those high school readers who have stopped reading for their own pleasure. The three short stories feature characters from previous Crutcher books, and have the potential to lure those readers back to the longer novels. Chocked full of teachable moments or discussion topics on bigotry, child abuse, abandonment, censorship, prejudice, and more--this book can be a way to open conversations around topics th ...more
Aug 27, 2009 Lora rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jenny
Shelves: young-adult-lit
I once had a children's lit professor that saw me reading Whale Talk in the hallway. She said that she loved Crutcher's books, but Whale Talk seemed to go a bit overboard and every "issue" was in the story. At the time I couldn't agree because I was completely wrapped up in TJ's story. However, once I picked up Angry Management I kept hearing my professor's words in my head. This book is packed with issues that teenagers deal with from the difficult (abusive family, racism, abandonment, etc) to ...more
Chris Crutcher is, in my opinion, one of the best young adult authors out there. His books appeal to every type of kid. I loved this book. It was different than I expected. I thought it was going to be about an anger management class. Instead, it links the stories from Crutcher's previous novels. The reader does not need to have read these novels to understand the characters, as this novel can stand alone. The novel is separated into three stories, each pairing two characters. The only reason I ...more
Libby Ames
Another profound Chris Crutcher book that I can't really recommend because of language and some painful issues. I love Crutcher's characters and his way of showing their victory in the face of some of the harshest tragedies. In Angry Management he combines some of his favorite characters in other books for three novellas. Sarah Byrnes is back, struggling with life and finding more pain, but also more success. Crutcher also gives some minor characters larger rolls.

As a child and family psychologi
I love Chris Crutcher's books, I love his characters, and I love that he views life as being worth the fight. His books have given me comfort and strength for many years. Unfortunately, I didn't love this book like I have many of his others (my favorite is Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes).

The thread that holds these three novellas together, a therapy group run by Mr. Nak, doesn't add anything to the work. It stretches believability in a way that doesn't serve a purpose and shortchanges the characte
Lame. Chris Crutcher's newest work, a collection of short stories based on characters from his previous works, is just that. An uninspired, hurried book, Angry Management, I predict, will find few teenage fans. These stories are predictable and riddled with stereotypical characters--either they are extremely conservative (and also ignorant), or they are extremely liberal (and being victimized by the conservatives, usually in positions of power). I feel like Crutcher didn't try very hard in writi ...more
Aug 29, 2009 Claire rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: high school, adults
Recommended to Claire by: Patti Tjomsland
Definitely high school. Mr. Nak is back- hired by moderating angry management groups. Three novellas, all addressing (justifiable) anger and the fallout that results. Sarah Byrnes and Angus take a road trip to talk to Sarah's mom. Trey and Montana West make an unlikely team to address free speech, control issues, foster care, anger, oh and medical marijuana. The finale is a tales of bigotry, football royalty, corrupt law enforcement, Christianity and forgiveness.
Mr. Nak wraps it up at the end,
Chris Crutcher does is again. I've just begun reading his work, so was not familiar with these characters. Have to say that the last story hit me the hardest. I had to put it down and cry and mutter and blog a bit about it. I knew exactly where it was headed - and I was not happy. Don't get me wrong, I knew in my heart that it was the only way for the story to go... I was just so unhappy that we're still at that point as a society, nation, people. Half an hour later, I picked back up and finishe ...more
I don't even know where to begin with this book. There is so much that is packed into each of Chris Crutcher's characters. His use of language engulfs the reader and it is impossible not to feel empathy towards the ridiculous lives that each realistic character brings to the novel.

I just finished....
I am sitting out a coffee shop and just finished Angry Management. The guy that is a complete stranger to me, asked, "You juts finished the book?" I replied, "yes." He comments, "You look completely
I read the book “Angry Management” and I absolutely loved this book. Chris Crutcher added great twists to every story in the book. The book is made up of three different stories being told by a anger management counselor. “Angry Management” wouldn’t be a great book for a whole class to read, beings there is a medium amount of cursing and one of the stories could be offensive to some people. But it is definitely a good book to read on free time.

The first story is a twisted love story. Angus Beth
Clara Dearmore Strom
I am sad to say that I was disappointed by this book. Chris Crutcher has been my favorite teen author up until now. I do not know why authors (and actors) feel the need to preach their politics in their books. I have always liked that he dealt with controversial subjects, but 2 of the stories in this book read more like a political propaganda. I am also tired of being stereotyped by intolerant liberals. I guess he is always good at stirring up emotions, I'll give him that.
Pat Pohrte
Angry Management is told from the many persepective of the individuals whose cases are presented. The stories in `Angry Management' follow characters Chris Crutcher has already used in his novels. Every story is heartfelt and genuinely emotional. Crutcher does a great job of keeping his characters' voices true to the voices of the teens they're representing. It is a great and quick read. Each of the stories is focused on the many different challenges of adolescence. Granted not all of the confli ...more
Lori Nakagawa
Angry Management by Chris Crutcher is a book I think students will enjoy. For people who have read other Crutcher books and have a strong memory for character names, there are some familiar names in this book. It is basically three novellas loosely joined by a counselor's insights into the various student's that he is asked to help.
The stories are told from multiple perspectives. As usual Crutcher creates rounded characters that deal with current issues. The dialogue is realistic. This is a grea
Francesco Caporale
This novel is unique in its own way, it is set up into short stories and is a great read. A buddy of mine suggested this book to me and im glad he did. He said it was fast moving and I noticed he finished it in a about a week and a half. And I was like sign me up. I started reading and I was hooked. The stories were a about special kids and kids who encountered problems in there life and they are told through their teacher at school. Each short story was awesome i loved every single one. The way ...more
Angry Management was a very very good read. I am very happy i read it and the only reason i chose it was because of the title which relates to me a little. I seriously had no trouble reading this book and remember every detail to this day in that book. It was so realistic it was frightening some of the things that people go threw. This book relates to me because I've had a pretty hard life and i have been threw an awful lot and i can relate to one of the characters in this story who has been thr ...more
In Angry Management, Chris Crutcher revives some of his best known, and lesser known, characters in a series of novellas. Those of us who’ve read Crutcher will remember Sarah Byrnes and Angus Bethune. Angry Management also revisits Trey Chase, Montana West, Marcus James, Matt Miller, and John Simet. Crutcher calls it Fantasy, in that most of these characters are now outside their original times, and in some cases, places. The group has been brought together by their surrounding community for the ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Unfortunately, this is probably my least favorite Chris Crutcher book ever. It's not so much the premise- bringing together characters from previous books into the same place and time stream or the pairing of characters into three short stories/novellas. In fact, I rather enjoyed seeing Angus Bethune with Sarah Byrnes. However, the second story, with Montana West and Trey Chase started out promising- I wasn't that familiar with either character but Crutcher gives enough background that you're no ...more
When I was looking through the Chris Crutcher books that my library has, I was immediately hooked by seeing the name "Sarah Byrnes." Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes was a great read for me and if she appeared again, then I wanted to read this. It turns out that this is a collection of short stories, bringing together several characters from earlier books to further explore.

I liked the premise because of the two Crutcher books I've read, the main characters have experienced a lot of anger, both at t
Fans of Chris Crutcher, of which I am a huge one, will like revisiting some of their old friends. I’m not sure how big a hit the book will be for those who are not familiar with Crutcher’s other books. My biggest complaint is the framework for the three stories, which seems not linked to the actual stories and therefore not necessary to me, which is part of why I am unsure that people unfamiliar with Crutcher’s characters will find the book appealing. This book, comprised of three shorter storie ...more
Crutcher's fans will relish the reunion with some familiar characters in this collection of three stories set in the Pacific Northwest and thematically united around anger. "Kyle Manard and the Craggy Face of the Moon" takes Angus Bethune (Athletic Shorts, 1991) and Sarah Byrnes (Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, 1993) on a road trip to Reno to confront the mother who abandoned her years before. In "Montana Wild," student journalist Montana West (The Sledding Hill, 2005) defends her article on medic ...more
Angry Management by Chris Crutcher is a cheater novel in that it’s not one big novel but one novel that contains three shorter stories loosely interconnected, very loosely connected through the notes of an anger management counselor.

This is a short review because I don’t want to spoil anything. The stories have people in them from his previous works but if you haven’t read them then that won’t matter. I’ve only encountered a couple of these before but am familiar with the others from synopsis, r
Caleb Rose
Chris Crutcher impresses yet again. In a moving book, consisting of three short stories, will be loved by everyone who reads it. Previously, I had read Staying Fat for Sarah Brynes and Deadline which shocked and impressed me. This book consists of three short stories with a chapter at the beginning and at the end to tie them toghether. The first chapter is shown throught the point of view of Mr. Nak who accepts a job to help with anger management. He contracts some weird students. He has Angus B ...more
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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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