Review: Angry Management

Angry Management
Angry Management by Chris Crutcher
Paperback, 256 pages

Angry Management is three stand-alone novellas tied together by a volunteer anger management type group.

Have you ever wondered what happened to some of the characters in Crutcher’s previous novels after you turned the final page? Angry Management brings some of those characters together in different situations. And while it’s three stories with topics ranging from abuse and abandonment to intolerance and bigotry, there’s still an element of hope to the stories.

I read this one because it’s one of the HS’s books of the month for Fall 2013. I remembered some of the characters from the first two stories; they’re from Crutcher novels I read. I liked finding out what happened to Sarah and how she dealt with the events of Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes. And it was neat to see other characters, like Angus Bethune or Mr. Simet make a reappearance.

As a reader, I coasted through the first two stories. It’s the last one that really hit home for me. I don’t want to talk too much about it and give the story away — let’s just say it’s a story that might give me a place to start when I have students who say things they shouldn’t without understanding why they shouldn’t. Perhaps now, after reading that story, I have some hope.

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