Books before food (and any sort of comfortable life).
Summary: The story takes place in Spokane, Washington where Beauregard Brewster lives with his mother and younger brother Jordan. Bo has been at war with his father for as long as he can remember and the rage he feels gives him energy as a triathlete to press his body to the limit, but it also translates into angry outbursts towards his football coach/English teacher, Coach Redmond. Now dangerously close to expulsion from school, Bo has been assigned to Anger Management sessions with the school’s “truants.” The teenager trains vigorously for the Yukon Jack Ironman Triathlon, eventually earning the support of all the supposed delinquents. With an eclectic mix of hard-edged students, Bo may finally have to deal with his long-brewing hatred for his father- before it eats away at him completely.
I can not say this enough- I love Chris Crutcher. The way he can write an amazing novel and relate it to modern day teens astounds me. His books draw such a tenuous thread between reality and fiction; sometimes it’s hard to believe that the story is made up. But even so, many teenagers are having to deal with these same issues which make the book easier to read, not to mention relate-able. Bo is humorous and witty, especially when he writes letters to Larry King, recapping his recent activities and frustrations. It’s hard not to love this book.