Loser's Bracket

Loser's Bracket

When it comes to family, Annie is in the losers bracket. Don?t get her wrong, her foster parents are great, even if Pop is a little too concerned about Annie getting an athletic scholarship. But Nancy, her birth mom, and her sister, Sheila, are . . . less than ideal. And no matter how hard Annie tries to stay away from them, she always gets sucked back in to their lives an When it comes to family, Annie is in the losers bracket. Don?t get her wrong, her foster parents are great, even if P...

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Title:Loser's Bracket
Author:Chris Crutcher
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:0062220098
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Loser's Bracket Reviews

  • Christina
    Jun 26, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

    Unless you are playing during March Madness where a lose is an automatic ejection from further play, there are two pathways to winning a basketball tournament. You can win your way to the top spot, or you can lose and play the other losers into the winner's circle. That's the way A...

    I've loved Chris Crutcher for years. That being said, I did not love this book. There were some things about it that I liked, though. For instance, it was sort of fun to read something told from a girl's perspective. Crutcher rarely includes main characters who are female, and Loser's ...

    ARC Given in exchange for an honest review I don?t think I?ve been more divided about a book review as I currently am with this book. Was it good or was it bad? Did I even enjoy it? To be honest it?s a hard question to answer for me. At the start I had no idea what was happen...

    Imagine a porcupine speeding toward a train wreck and you have the Zen capsulation of this book. Annie Boots is extremely prickly for very good reasons. She pretty much parented herself as a child, thanks, or rather no thanks to her absent mostly zoned out father and her overweight, th...

    Popular author Chris Crutcher creates a memorable protagonist named Annie Boots in Loser?s Bracket. Although the plot is fairly predictable, the many diverse characters besides Annie is what makes this book a success as well. First of all, the main character Annie is a foster care ch...

    Annie Boots lives in two worlds- that of her low-class bio family the Boots and that of her upper middle class foster family the Howards. Even though she knows she shouldn't, she constantly looks for her bio family in the stands of her sporting events. In fact, she deliberately looses ...

    Foster kid, Annie Boots, knows her bio mom, Nancy, and stepsister, Sheila, are toxic, but is inexplicably drawn to them and their squabbles and addictions. Plus, she feels compelled to provide Sheila?s young son, Frankie, with some familial support. Adoptive parents, Pop and Momma Ho...

    Nice to read another new one from Chris Crutcher. Good solid realistic book with a main character you are rooting for to succeed despite her crazy family. Annie, a senior, lives with great foster parents and a supportive younger foster brother. She is an excellent athlete; her drug add...

  • Claudia
    Apr 27, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

  • Jenn
    Apr 30, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

    Unless you are playing during March Madness where a lose is an automatic ejection from further play, there are two pathways to winning a basketball tournament. You can win your way to the top spot, or you can lose and play the other losers into the winner's circle. That's the way A...

    I've loved Chris Crutcher for years. That being said, I did not love this book. There were some things about it that I liked, though. For instance, it was sort of fun to read something told from a girl's perspective. Crutcher rarely includes main characters who are female, and Loser's ...

    ARC Given in exchange for an honest review I don?t think I?ve been more divided about a book review as I currently am with this book. Was it good or was it bad? Did I even enjoy it? To be honest it?s a hard question to answer for me. At the start I had no idea what was happen...

    Imagine a porcupine speeding toward a train wreck and you have the Zen capsulation of this book. Annie Boots is extremely prickly for very good reasons. She pretty much parented herself as a child, thanks, or rather no thanks to her absent mostly zoned out father and her overweight, th...

    Popular author Chris Crutcher creates a memorable protagonist named Annie Boots in Loser?s Bracket. Although the plot is fairly predictable, the many diverse characters besides Annie is what makes this book a success as well. First of all, the main character Annie is a foster care ch...

    Annie Boots lives in two worlds- that of her low-class bio family the Boots and that of her upper middle class foster family the Howards. Even though she knows she shouldn't, she constantly looks for her bio family in the stands of her sporting events. In fact, she deliberately looses ...

    Foster kid, Annie Boots, knows her bio mom, Nancy, and stepsister, Sheila, are toxic, but is inexplicably drawn to them and their squabbles and addictions. Plus, she feels compelled to provide Sheila?s young son, Frankie, with some familial support. Adoptive parents, Pop and Momma Ho...

    Nice to read another new one from Chris Crutcher. Good solid realistic book with a main character you are rooting for to succeed despite her crazy family. Annie, a senior, lives with great foster parents and a supportive younger foster brother. She is an excellent athlete; her drug add...

    I would like to give a huge thank you to Harper Collins Publishing for providing me an early copy in exchange for a honest review! The Loser's Bracket is about a young girl named Annie Boots who has always felt like she is on the losing side of life. In her home, athletically, and e...

    I enjoyed this book because it expanded my thinking about the issues that foster children have to deal with and made me think about the ties that bind us to our blood relatives, even when difficult or even damaging things happen. I liked the main character, Annie Boots, and her profici...

    This was hard to read, not due to the writing, but because of how close to home it hit. Crutcher does an amazing job of hitting the real, hard, gritty stuff in teen lives, the things adults often overlook or just plain don't want to see. Annie is a foster kid, almost 18, living in a pe...

  • Sarah
    May 09, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

  • Wendy
    Jul 13, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

  • Alicia
    Feb 24, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

  • Darcy
    Apr 04, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Mar 13, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

  • Carolynne
    May 16, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

    Unless you are playing during March Madness where a lose is an automatic ejection from further play, there are two pathways to winning a basketball tournament. You can win your way to the top spot, or you can lose and play the other losers into the winner's circle. That's the way A...

    I've loved Chris Crutcher for years. That being said, I did not love this book. There were some things about it that I liked, though. For instance, it was sort of fun to read something told from a girl's perspective. Crutcher rarely includes main characters who are female, and Loser's ...

    ARC Given in exchange for an honest review I don?t think I?ve been more divided about a book review as I currently am with this book. Was it good or was it bad? Did I even enjoy it? To be honest it?s a hard question to answer for me. At the start I had no idea what was happen...

    Imagine a porcupine speeding toward a train wreck and you have the Zen capsulation of this book. Annie Boots is extremely prickly for very good reasons. She pretty much parented herself as a child, thanks, or rather no thanks to her absent mostly zoned out father and her overweight, th...

    Popular author Chris Crutcher creates a memorable protagonist named Annie Boots in Loser?s Bracket. Although the plot is fairly predictable, the many diverse characters besides Annie is what makes this book a success as well. First of all, the main character Annie is a foster care ch...

    Annie Boots lives in two worlds- that of her low-class bio family the Boots and that of her upper middle class foster family the Howards. Even though she knows she shouldn't, she constantly looks for her bio family in the stands of her sporting events. In fact, she deliberately looses ...

    Foster kid, Annie Boots, knows her bio mom, Nancy, and stepsister, Sheila, are toxic, but is inexplicably drawn to them and their squabbles and addictions. Plus, she feels compelled to provide Sheila?s young son, Frankie, with some familial support. Adoptive parents, Pop and Momma Ho...

    Nice to read another new one from Chris Crutcher. Good solid realistic book with a main character you are rooting for to succeed despite her crazy family. Annie, a senior, lives with great foster parents and a supportive younger foster brother. She is an excellent athlete; her drug add...

    I would like to give a huge thank you to Harper Collins Publishing for providing me an early copy in exchange for a honest review! The Loser's Bracket is about a young girl named Annie Boots who has always felt like she is on the losing side of life. In her home, athletically, and e...

    I enjoyed this book because it expanded my thinking about the issues that foster children have to deal with and made me think about the ties that bind us to our blood relatives, even when difficult or even damaging things happen. I liked the main character, Annie Boots, and her profici...

    This was hard to read, not due to the writing, but because of how close to home it hit. Crutcher does an amazing job of hitting the real, hard, gritty stuff in teen lives, the things adults often overlook or just plain don't want to see. Annie is a foster kid, almost 18, living in a pe...

    Children who bounce from their biological parents to foster homes and back are always vulnerable. Though the foster home may be safer and better in so many ways the pull of their family of origin is strong. Annie is safe and well in her foster home but she regularly comes up with reaso...

    I love Chris Crutcher's work, and I have for a while now. Loser's Bracket was unlike anything I've ever read in terms of family, and you can easily see how his work other than writing affected this book. On the other hand, while I could see some of the events taking place that did in L...

    I would have to agree with other reviews that the main character, Annie, comes off as whiny and a bit spoiled (she reminds me of Scarlett O?Hara, but without Scarlett?s charm or charisma). That said, I liked the characters Annie interacts with -her mom?s boyfriend, Walter, and he...

  • John Clark
    Jul 09, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

    Unless you are playing during March Madness where a lose is an automatic ejection from further play, there are two pathways to winning a basketball tournament. You can win your way to the top spot, or you can lose and play the other losers into the winner's circle. That's the way A...

    I've loved Chris Crutcher for years. That being said, I did not love this book. There were some things about it that I liked, though. For instance, it was sort of fun to read something told from a girl's perspective. Crutcher rarely includes main characters who are female, and Loser's ...

    ARC Given in exchange for an honest review I don?t think I?ve been more divided about a book review as I currently am with this book. Was it good or was it bad? Did I even enjoy it? To be honest it?s a hard question to answer for me. At the start I had no idea what was happen...

    Imagine a porcupine speeding toward a train wreck and you have the Zen capsulation of this book. Annie Boots is extremely prickly for very good reasons. She pretty much parented herself as a child, thanks, or rather no thanks to her absent mostly zoned out father and her overweight, th...

  • Theresa
    Jul 09, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

  • Katy Noyes
    Apr 07, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

  • Ted Lehmann
    Mar 16, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

  • Kelly
    Apr 19, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

    Unless you are playing during March Madness where a lose is an automatic ejection from further play, there are two pathways to winning a basketball tournament. You can win your way to the top spot, or you can lose and play the other losers into the winner's circle. That's the way A...

    I've loved Chris Crutcher for years. That being said, I did not love this book. There were some things about it that I liked, though. For instance, it was sort of fun to read something told from a girl's perspective. Crutcher rarely includes main characters who are female, and Loser's ...

    ARC Given in exchange for an honest review I don?t think I?ve been more divided about a book review as I currently am with this book. Was it good or was it bad? Did I even enjoy it? To be honest it?s a hard question to answer for me. At the start I had no idea what was happen...

    Imagine a porcupine speeding toward a train wreck and you have the Zen capsulation of this book. Annie Boots is extremely prickly for very good reasons. She pretty much parented herself as a child, thanks, or rather no thanks to her absent mostly zoned out father and her overweight, th...

    Popular author Chris Crutcher creates a memorable protagonist named Annie Boots in Loser?s Bracket. Although the plot is fairly predictable, the many diverse characters besides Annie is what makes this book a success as well. First of all, the main character Annie is a foster care ch...

    Annie Boots lives in two worlds- that of her low-class bio family the Boots and that of her upper middle class foster family the Howards. Even though she knows she shouldn't, she constantly looks for her bio family in the stands of her sporting events. In fact, she deliberately looses ...

    Foster kid, Annie Boots, knows her bio mom, Nancy, and stepsister, Sheila, are toxic, but is inexplicably drawn to them and their squabbles and addictions. Plus, she feels compelled to provide Sheila?s young son, Frankie, with some familial support. Adoptive parents, Pop and Momma Ho...

    Nice to read another new one from Chris Crutcher. Good solid realistic book with a main character you are rooting for to succeed despite her crazy family. Annie, a senior, lives with great foster parents and a supportive younger foster brother. She is an excellent athlete; her drug add...

    I would like to give a huge thank you to Harper Collins Publishing for providing me an early copy in exchange for a honest review! The Loser's Bracket is about a young girl named Annie Boots who has always felt like she is on the losing side of life. In her home, athletically, and e...

    I enjoyed this book because it expanded my thinking about the issues that foster children have to deal with and made me think about the ties that bind us to our blood relatives, even when difficult or even damaging things happen. I liked the main character, Annie Boots, and her profici...

  • Margie
    Jul 27, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

    Unless you are playing during March Madness where a lose is an automatic ejection from further play, there are two pathways to winning a basketball tournament. You can win your way to the top spot, or you can lose and play the other losers into the winner's circle. That's the way A...

    I've loved Chris Crutcher for years. That being said, I did not love this book. There were some things about it that I liked, though. For instance, it was sort of fun to read something told from a girl's perspective. Crutcher rarely includes main characters who are female, and Loser's ...

    ARC Given in exchange for an honest review I don?t think I?ve been more divided about a book review as I currently am with this book. Was it good or was it bad? Did I even enjoy it? To be honest it?s a hard question to answer for me. At the start I had no idea what was happen...

    Imagine a porcupine speeding toward a train wreck and you have the Zen capsulation of this book. Annie Boots is extremely prickly for very good reasons. She pretty much parented herself as a child, thanks, or rather no thanks to her absent mostly zoned out father and her overweight, th...

    Popular author Chris Crutcher creates a memorable protagonist named Annie Boots in Loser?s Bracket. Although the plot is fairly predictable, the many diverse characters besides Annie is what makes this book a success as well. First of all, the main character Annie is a foster care ch...

    Annie Boots lives in two worlds- that of her low-class bio family the Boots and that of her upper middle class foster family the Howards. Even though she knows she shouldn't, she constantly looks for her bio family in the stands of her sporting events. In fact, she deliberately looses ...

    Foster kid, Annie Boots, knows her bio mom, Nancy, and stepsister, Sheila, are toxic, but is inexplicably drawn to them and their squabbles and addictions. Plus, she feels compelled to provide Sheila?s young son, Frankie, with some familial support. Adoptive parents, Pop and Momma Ho...

    Nice to read another new one from Chris Crutcher. Good solid realistic book with a main character you are rooting for to succeed despite her crazy family. Annie, a senior, lives with great foster parents and a supportive younger foster brother. She is an excellent athlete; her drug add...

    I would like to give a huge thank you to Harper Collins Publishing for providing me an early copy in exchange for a honest review! The Loser's Bracket is about a young girl named Annie Boots who has always felt like she is on the losing side of life. In her home, athletically, and e...

    I enjoyed this book because it expanded my thinking about the issues that foster children have to deal with and made me think about the ties that bind us to our blood relatives, even when difficult or even damaging things happen. I liked the main character, Annie Boots, and her profici...

    This was hard to read, not due to the writing, but because of how close to home it hit. Crutcher does an amazing job of hitting the real, hard, gritty stuff in teen lives, the things adults often overlook or just plain don't want to see. Annie is a foster kid, almost 18, living in a pe...

    Children who bounce from their biological parents to foster homes and back are always vulnerable. Though the foster home may be safer and better in so many ways the pull of their family of origin is strong. Annie is safe and well in her foster home but she regularly comes up with reaso...

  • Vicki
    Feb 02, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

    Unless you are playing during March Madness where a lose is an automatic ejection from further play, there are two pathways to winning a basketball tournament. You can win your way to the top spot, or you can lose and play the other losers into the winner's circle. That's the way A...

    I've loved Chris Crutcher for years. That being said, I did not love this book. There were some things about it that I liked, though. For instance, it was sort of fun to read something told from a girl's perspective. Crutcher rarely includes main characters who are female, and Loser's ...

    ARC Given in exchange for an honest review I don?t think I?ve been more divided about a book review as I currently am with this book. Was it good or was it bad? Did I even enjoy it? To be honest it?s a hard question to answer for me. At the start I had no idea what was happen...

    Imagine a porcupine speeding toward a train wreck and you have the Zen capsulation of this book. Annie Boots is extremely prickly for very good reasons. She pretty much parented herself as a child, thanks, or rather no thanks to her absent mostly zoned out father and her overweight, th...

    Popular author Chris Crutcher creates a memorable protagonist named Annie Boots in Loser?s Bracket. Although the plot is fairly predictable, the many diverse characters besides Annie is what makes this book a success as well. First of all, the main character Annie is a foster care ch...

    Annie Boots lives in two worlds- that of her low-class bio family the Boots and that of her upper middle class foster family the Howards. Even though she knows she shouldn't, she constantly looks for her bio family in the stands of her sporting events. In fact, she deliberately looses ...

    Foster kid, Annie Boots, knows her bio mom, Nancy, and stepsister, Sheila, are toxic, but is inexplicably drawn to them and their squabbles and addictions. Plus, she feels compelled to provide Sheila?s young son, Frankie, with some familial support. Adoptive parents, Pop and Momma Ho...

  • Chelsea
    Mar 02, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

  • Sharon
    Jul 05, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

  • Ellen Klock
    Apr 01, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

    Unless you are playing during March Madness where a lose is an automatic ejection from further play, there are two pathways to winning a basketball tournament. You can win your way to the top spot, or you can lose and play the other losers into the winner's circle. That's the way A...

  • Hannah Rae
    May 07, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

    Unless you are playing during March Madness where a lose is an automatic ejection from further play, there are two pathways to winning a basketball tournament. You can win your way to the top spot, or you can lose and play the other losers into the winner's circle. That's the way A...

    I've loved Chris Crutcher for years. That being said, I did not love this book. There were some things about it that I liked, though. For instance, it was sort of fun to read something told from a girl's perspective. Crutcher rarely includes main characters who are female, and Loser's ...

  • Paige Dan
    Apr 22, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

    Unless you are playing during March Madness where a lose is an automatic ejection from further play, there are two pathways to winning a basketball tournament. You can win your way to the top spot, or you can lose and play the other losers into the winner's circle. That's the way A...

    I've loved Chris Crutcher for years. That being said, I did not love this book. There were some things about it that I liked, though. For instance, it was sort of fun to read something told from a girl's perspective. Crutcher rarely includes main characters who are female, and Loser's ...

    ARC Given in exchange for an honest review I don?t think I?ve been more divided about a book review as I currently am with this book. Was it good or was it bad? Did I even enjoy it? To be honest it?s a hard question to answer for me. At the start I had no idea what was happen...

    Imagine a porcupine speeding toward a train wreck and you have the Zen capsulation of this book. Annie Boots is extremely prickly for very good reasons. She pretty much parented herself as a child, thanks, or rather no thanks to her absent mostly zoned out father and her overweight, th...

    Popular author Chris Crutcher creates a memorable protagonist named Annie Boots in Loser?s Bracket. Although the plot is fairly predictable, the many diverse characters besides Annie is what makes this book a success as well. First of all, the main character Annie is a foster care ch...

    Annie Boots lives in two worlds- that of her low-class bio family the Boots and that of her upper middle class foster family the Howards. Even though she knows she shouldn't, she constantly looks for her bio family in the stands of her sporting events. In fact, she deliberately looses ...

    Foster kid, Annie Boots, knows her bio mom, Nancy, and stepsister, Sheila, are toxic, but is inexplicably drawn to them and their squabbles and addictions. Plus, she feels compelled to provide Sheila?s young son, Frankie, with some familial support. Adoptive parents, Pop and Momma Ho...

    Nice to read another new one from Chris Crutcher. Good solid realistic book with a main character you are rooting for to succeed despite her crazy family. Annie, a senior, lives with great foster parents and a supportive younger foster brother. She is an excellent athlete; her drug add...

    I would like to give a huge thank you to Harper Collins Publishing for providing me an early copy in exchange for a honest review! The Loser's Bracket is about a young girl named Annie Boots who has always felt like she is on the losing side of life. In her home, athletically, and e...

    I enjoyed this book because it expanded my thinking about the issues that foster children have to deal with and made me think about the ties that bind us to our blood relatives, even when difficult or even damaging things happen. I liked the main character, Annie Boots, and her profici...

    This was hard to read, not due to the writing, but because of how close to home it hit. Crutcher does an amazing job of hitting the real, hard, gritty stuff in teen lives, the things adults often overlook or just plain don't want to see. Annie is a foster kid, almost 18, living in a pe...

    Children who bounce from their biological parents to foster homes and back are always vulnerable. Though the foster home may be safer and better in so many ways the pull of their family of origin is strong. Annie is safe and well in her foster home but she regularly comes up with reaso...

    I love Chris Crutcher's work, and I have for a while now. Loser's Bracket was unlike anything I've ever read in terms of family, and you can easily see how his work other than writing affected this book. On the other hand, while I could see some of the events taking place that did in L...

    I would have to agree with other reviews that the main character, Annie, comes off as whiny and a bit spoiled (she reminds me of Scarlett O?Hara, but without Scarlett?s charm or charisma). That said, I liked the characters Annie interacts with -her mom?s boyfriend, Walter, and he...

    Losers Bracket by Chris Crutcher is about Annie Boots and her uncontrollable family. Annie sees life the same way she sees her basketball career, lose one and fight through the rest. Just like a losers bracket. Although this book is very short, it really gives the perfect view into Ann...

    I think this book is a really important read. Annie is a foster child torn between "the family she wants and the family she needs." This story sees her trying to balance her life between where she came from and the biological family whose approval she desperately seeks and her new life...

  • Mr. Trapp
    Jul 29, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

    Unless you are playing during March Madness where a lose is an automatic ejection from further play, there are two pathways to winning a basketball tournament. You can win your way to the top spot, or you can lose and play the other losers into the winner's circle. That's the way A...

    I've loved Chris Crutcher for years. That being said, I did not love this book. There were some things about it that I liked, though. For instance, it was sort of fun to read something told from a girl's perspective. Crutcher rarely includes main characters who are female, and Loser's ...

    ARC Given in exchange for an honest review I don?t think I?ve been more divided about a book review as I currently am with this book. Was it good or was it bad? Did I even enjoy it? To be honest it?s a hard question to answer for me. At the start I had no idea what was happen...

    Imagine a porcupine speeding toward a train wreck and you have the Zen capsulation of this book. Annie Boots is extremely prickly for very good reasons. She pretty much parented herself as a child, thanks, or rather no thanks to her absent mostly zoned out father and her overweight, th...

    Popular author Chris Crutcher creates a memorable protagonist named Annie Boots in Loser?s Bracket. Although the plot is fairly predictable, the many diverse characters besides Annie is what makes this book a success as well. First of all, the main character Annie is a foster care ch...

  • Savannah Garner
    Feb 24, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

    Unless you are playing during March Madness where a lose is an automatic ejection from further play, there are two pathways to winning a basketball tournament. You can win your way to the top spot, or you can lose and play the other losers into the winner's circle. That's the way A...

    I've loved Chris Crutcher for years. That being said, I did not love this book. There were some things about it that I liked, though. For instance, it was sort of fun to read something told from a girl's perspective. Crutcher rarely includes main characters who are female, and Loser's ...

    ARC Given in exchange for an honest review I don?t think I?ve been more divided about a book review as I currently am with this book. Was it good or was it bad? Did I even enjoy it? To be honest it?s a hard question to answer for me. At the start I had no idea what was happen...

    Imagine a porcupine speeding toward a train wreck and you have the Zen capsulation of this book. Annie Boots is extremely prickly for very good reasons. She pretty much parented herself as a child, thanks, or rather no thanks to her absent mostly zoned out father and her overweight, th...

    Popular author Chris Crutcher creates a memorable protagonist named Annie Boots in Loser?s Bracket. Although the plot is fairly predictable, the many diverse characters besides Annie is what makes this book a success as well. First of all, the main character Annie is a foster care ch...

    Annie Boots lives in two worlds- that of her low-class bio family the Boots and that of her upper middle class foster family the Howards. Even though she knows she shouldn't, she constantly looks for her bio family in the stands of her sporting events. In fact, she deliberately looses ...

    Foster kid, Annie Boots, knows her bio mom, Nancy, and stepsister, Sheila, are toxic, but is inexplicably drawn to them and their squabbles and addictions. Plus, she feels compelled to provide Sheila?s young son, Frankie, with some familial support. Adoptive parents, Pop and Momma Ho...

    Nice to read another new one from Chris Crutcher. Good solid realistic book with a main character you are rooting for to succeed despite her crazy family. Annie, a senior, lives with great foster parents and a supportive younger foster brother. She is an excellent athlete; her drug add...

    I would like to give a huge thank you to Harper Collins Publishing for providing me an early copy in exchange for a honest review! The Loser's Bracket is about a young girl named Annie Boots who has always felt like she is on the losing side of life. In her home, athletically, and e...

  • Julie Daniels
    Feb 23, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

  • Alison Paulette
    May 04, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

    Unless you are playing during March Madness where a lose is an automatic ejection from further play, there are two pathways to winning a basketball tournament. You can win your way to the top spot, or you can lose and play the other losers into the winner's circle. That's the way A...

    I've loved Chris Crutcher for years. That being said, I did not love this book. There were some things about it that I liked, though. For instance, it was sort of fun to read something told from a girl's perspective. Crutcher rarely includes main characters who are female, and Loser's ...

    ARC Given in exchange for an honest review I don?t think I?ve been more divided about a book review as I currently am with this book. Was it good or was it bad? Did I even enjoy it? To be honest it?s a hard question to answer for me. At the start I had no idea what was happen...

    Imagine a porcupine speeding toward a train wreck and you have the Zen capsulation of this book. Annie Boots is extremely prickly for very good reasons. She pretty much parented herself as a child, thanks, or rather no thanks to her absent mostly zoned out father and her overweight, th...

    Popular author Chris Crutcher creates a memorable protagonist named Annie Boots in Loser?s Bracket. Although the plot is fairly predictable, the many diverse characters besides Annie is what makes this book a success as well. First of all, the main character Annie is a foster care ch...

    Annie Boots lives in two worlds- that of her low-class bio family the Boots and that of her upper middle class foster family the Howards. Even though she knows she shouldn't, she constantly looks for her bio family in the stands of her sporting events. In fact, she deliberately looses ...

  • Homeschooled Bookworm
    Aug 02, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

    Unless you are playing during March Madness where a lose is an automatic ejection from further play, there are two pathways to winning a basketball tournament. You can win your way to the top spot, or you can lose and play the other losers into the winner's circle. That's the way A...

    I've loved Chris Crutcher for years. That being said, I did not love this book. There were some things about it that I liked, though. For instance, it was sort of fun to read something told from a girl's perspective. Crutcher rarely includes main characters who are female, and Loser's ...

    ARC Given in exchange for an honest review I don?t think I?ve been more divided about a book review as I currently am with this book. Was it good or was it bad? Did I even enjoy it? To be honest it?s a hard question to answer for me. At the start I had no idea what was happen...

    Imagine a porcupine speeding toward a train wreck and you have the Zen capsulation of this book. Annie Boots is extremely prickly for very good reasons. She pretty much parented herself as a child, thanks, or rather no thanks to her absent mostly zoned out father and her overweight, th...

    Popular author Chris Crutcher creates a memorable protagonist named Annie Boots in Loser?s Bracket. Although the plot is fairly predictable, the many diverse characters besides Annie is what makes this book a success as well. First of all, the main character Annie is a foster care ch...

    Annie Boots lives in two worlds- that of her low-class bio family the Boots and that of her upper middle class foster family the Howards. Even though she knows she shouldn't, she constantly looks for her bio family in the stands of her sporting events. In fact, she deliberately looses ...

    Foster kid, Annie Boots, knows her bio mom, Nancy, and stepsister, Sheila, are toxic, but is inexplicably drawn to them and their squabbles and addictions. Plus, she feels compelled to provide Sheila?s young son, Frankie, with some familial support. Adoptive parents, Pop and Momma Ho...

    Nice to read another new one from Chris Crutcher. Good solid realistic book with a main character you are rooting for to succeed despite her crazy family. Annie, a senior, lives with great foster parents and a supportive younger foster brother. She is an excellent athlete; her drug add...

    I would like to give a huge thank you to Harper Collins Publishing for providing me an early copy in exchange for a honest review! The Loser's Bracket is about a young girl named Annie Boots who has always felt like she is on the losing side of life. In her home, athletically, and e...

    I enjoyed this book because it expanded my thinking about the issues that foster children have to deal with and made me think about the ties that bind us to our blood relatives, even when difficult or even damaging things happen. I liked the main character, Annie Boots, and her profici...

    This was hard to read, not due to the writing, but because of how close to home it hit. Crutcher does an amazing job of hitting the real, hard, gritty stuff in teen lives, the things adults often overlook or just plain don't want to see. Annie is a foster kid, almost 18, living in a pe...

    Children who bounce from their biological parents to foster homes and back are always vulnerable. Though the foster home may be safer and better in so many ways the pull of their family of origin is strong. Annie is safe and well in her foster home but she regularly comes up with reaso...

    I love Chris Crutcher's work, and I have for a while now. Loser's Bracket was unlike anything I've ever read in terms of family, and you can easily see how his work other than writing affected this book. On the other hand, while I could see some of the events taking place that did in L...

    I would have to agree with other reviews that the main character, Annie, comes off as whiny and a bit spoiled (she reminds me of Scarlett O?Hara, but without Scarlett?s charm or charisma). That said, I liked the characters Annie interacts with -her mom?s boyfriend, Walter, and he...

    Losers Bracket by Chris Crutcher is about Annie Boots and her uncontrollable family. Annie sees life the same way she sees her basketball career, lose one and fight through the rest. Just like a losers bracket. Although this book is very short, it really gives the perfect view into Ann...

  • Sylvs (ThroneofShook)
    Mar 31, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

    Unless you are playing during March Madness where a lose is an automatic ejection from further play, there are two pathways to winning a basketball tournament. You can win your way to the top spot, or you can lose and play the other losers into the winner's circle. That's the way A...

    I've loved Chris Crutcher for years. That being said, I did not love this book. There were some things about it that I liked, though. For instance, it was sort of fun to read something told from a girl's perspective. Crutcher rarely includes main characters who are female, and Loser's ...

    ARC Given in exchange for an honest review I don?t think I?ve been more divided about a book review as I currently am with this book. Was it good or was it bad? Did I even enjoy it? To be honest it?s a hard question to answer for me. At the start I had no idea what was happen...

  • Teenreadsdotcom
    Aug 15, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

  • Lisa Rowland
    Apr 26, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...

    Audiobook was good. I wanted a deeper emotional connection to the characters. This just grazed the surface. ...

    I received an ARC copy of Loser's Bracket through my local book club the Dymocks Joondalup YA Book club. I went into this book blind, I didn't read the blurb prior to throwing myself into it, and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting much having had a recent downward spiral with books publ...

    Loser?s Bracket by Chris Crutcher I met Chris Crutcher at a National Council of Teachers of English convention in Orlando (could have been Anaheim) in the late 1980?s where he was giving a presentation on Young Adult fiction. He was a trim, handsome, athletic looking man who wa...

    The thing I like most about Chris Crutcher as both an author and a person is that he doesn?t pull any punches; he presents things as they are in all of their complexity. As Sharon the librarian in LOSERS BRACKET says, ?Good stories come from life?And for most writers, it?s the ...

    Unless you are playing during March Madness where a lose is an automatic ejection from further play, there are two pathways to winning a basketball tournament. You can win your way to the top spot, or you can lose and play the other losers into the winner's circle. That's the way A...

    I've loved Chris Crutcher for years. That being said, I did not love this book. There were some things about it that I liked, though. For instance, it was sort of fun to read something told from a girl's perspective. Crutcher rarely includes main characters who are female, and Loser's ...

    ARC Given in exchange for an honest review I don?t think I?ve been more divided about a book review as I currently am with this book. Was it good or was it bad? Did I even enjoy it? To be honest it?s a hard question to answer for me. At the start I had no idea what was happen...

    Imagine a porcupine speeding toward a train wreck and you have the Zen capsulation of this book. Annie Boots is extremely prickly for very good reasons. She pretty much parented herself as a child, thanks, or rather no thanks to her absent mostly zoned out father and her overweight, th...

    Popular author Chris Crutcher creates a memorable protagonist named Annie Boots in Loser?s Bracket. Although the plot is fairly predictable, the many diverse characters besides Annie is what makes this book a success as well. First of all, the main character Annie is a foster care ch...

    Annie Boots lives in two worlds- that of her low-class bio family the Boots and that of her upper middle class foster family the Howards. Even though she knows she shouldn't, she constantly looks for her bio family in the stands of her sporting events. In fact, she deliberately looses ...

    Foster kid, Annie Boots, knows her bio mom, Nancy, and stepsister, Sheila, are toxic, but is inexplicably drawn to them and their squabbles and addictions. Plus, she feels compelled to provide Sheila?s young son, Frankie, with some familial support. Adoptive parents, Pop and Momma Ho...

    Nice to read another new one from Chris Crutcher. Good solid realistic book with a main character you are rooting for to succeed despite her crazy family. Annie, a senior, lives with great foster parents and a supportive younger foster brother. She is an excellent athlete; her drug add...

    I would like to give a huge thank you to Harper Collins Publishing for providing me an early copy in exchange for a honest review! The Loser's Bracket is about a young girl named Annie Boots who has always felt like she is on the losing side of life. In her home, athletically, and e...

    I enjoyed this book because it expanded my thinking about the issues that foster children have to deal with and made me think about the ties that bind us to our blood relatives, even when difficult or even damaging things happen. I liked the main character, Annie Boots, and her profici...

    This was hard to read, not due to the writing, but because of how close to home it hit. Crutcher does an amazing job of hitting the real, hard, gritty stuff in teen lives, the things adults often overlook or just plain don't want to see. Annie is a foster kid, almost 18, living in a pe...

    Children who bounce from their biological parents to foster homes and back are always vulnerable. Though the foster home may be safer and better in so many ways the pull of their family of origin is strong. Annie is safe and well in her foster home but she regularly comes up with reaso...

    I love Chris Crutcher's work, and I have for a while now. Loser's Bracket was unlike anything I've ever read in terms of family, and you can easily see how his work other than writing affected this book. On the other hand, while I could see some of the events taking place that did in L...

  • Kelley Treece
    Jul 01, 2018

    Wow. This book and the feels! I don't even know where to start but a little of it hit me especially hard. Full review to come closer to release day. Thanks to Harper Children's for the aadvance copy for review. ...

    Loser's bracket -- starting a difficult fight already behind...Like Annie Boots and her family...mom Nancy, sister, Sheila, and nephew, Frankie. Loser's bracket -- the side of the bracket that requires you to play more games to get to the finals. Annie deliberately loses the first ...

    I am usually a huge fan of Chris Crutcher's work, but Losers Bracket falls short for me. It is the story of Annie, a foster child whose desperate need to be loved by her biological family almost destroys her chance at a real future. Annie's voice gets stronger as the book nears its end...

    The narrator of this novel is a high school senior named Annie Boots. Annie has had a tough life, bouncing between her tres dysfunctional family and a foster one. There is no question she's been dealt a hard lot. However, this seems to be a case of tell rather than show. Annie mentions...

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Annie is a high school senior who has a lot of family problems. Her bio mom, Nancy, lost custody some time ago due to extreme neglect and drug use, and Annie has been living with the Howards for a number of years, and she gets along well...

    A 'mad as a bucket of frogs' family, a fostered daughter struggling with loyalties, and a missing boy... Annie has the maddest birth family I think I've ever read about, the sort you see on TV but pray doesn't really exist. Put through the system so many times, they KNOW the answers...

    Annie reminds me of a friend growing up-- drawn and pulled back into the dysfunctionality of her biological family's issues though she has a stable foster family to encourage her. It's the draw and the need to stay connected even when you shouldn't. It's the affect of drugs and neglect...

    **This review and others on my blog, Falconer's Library** How do I love Chris Crutcher? Let me count the ways. There's his foul mouthed, big hearted FB rants about the state of the country and the role of old white guys like himself. There's the humor that slides into even his darke...

    Annie definitely comes from a messed up family, but she's actually pretty together. It was only when others start to interfere that her life becomes crazy. I liked how she tried to keep in touch with her blood family, knowing that where she was was better for her in the long run. Annie...

    In Chris Crutcher?s, Loser?s Bracket, family matters... a lot ...to Annie Boots. Loser?s Bracket introduces us to the unpredictable Boots family and into the life of Annie who tries to balance foster home and bio family. The characters are relatable and endearing in their own qui...