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

  • 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Josh
    Apr 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    This is true Crutcher, from his heart. When I met Chris Crutcher years ago he told us about his work, not as an author, but as a therapist especially helping to protect children. His character shows up in this story. Annie is in a long term foster care family and at age 17 has a year ...

    Thanks to Greenwillow Publishing and Edelweiss for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ? ????/5 for Chris Crutcher?s newest. I have been reading his stuff since I was in high school, and I was super excited to read his latest. Annie is a high s...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Even though Annie has a great foster mother and brother, and an okay foster father, she still keeps her connections to her birth family. However, because her foster family (father) has banned her from seeing them, ...

    Annie Boots is a gifted athlete. She is also a foster kid, one of the lucky ones with a stable, long-term placement. But she can't give up on her extremely disfunctional bio family, to the point of repeatedly sabotaging her athletic efforts because it might mean seeing her mother or si...

    It took me forever to get into it and I kept reading because ... well it's Crutcher for God's sake. And the, on page 51, something clicked and I fell in love with the kids, and wanted to punch Pops and started feeling deeply, and the language carried me away and I couldn't put it down....

    The realness and rawness of Chris Crutcher's books is probably due to his experiences working as a teacher, family therapist, and child-protection specialist. That and his gift for revealing the humanity of even unlikeable characters. Either way, Crutcher writes some of the most honest...

  • 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 ...

    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...

  • Elaine Warner
    Apr 10, 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    This is true Crutcher, from his heart. When I met Chris Crutcher years ago he told us about his work, not as an author, but as a therapist especially helping to protect children. His character shows up in this story. Annie is in a long term foster care family and at age 17 has a year ...

    Thanks to Greenwillow Publishing and Edelweiss for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ? ????/5 for Chris Crutcher?s newest. I have been reading his stuff since I was in high school, and I was super excited to read his latest. Annie is a high s...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Even though Annie has a great foster mother and brother, and an okay foster father, she still keeps her connections to her birth family. However, because her foster family (father) has banned her from seeing them, ...

    Annie Boots is a gifted athlete. She is also a foster kid, one of the lucky ones with a stable, long-term placement. But she can't give up on her extremely disfunctional bio family, to the point of repeatedly sabotaging her athletic efforts because it might mean seeing her mother or si...

    It took me forever to get into it and I kept reading because ... well it's Crutcher for God's sake. And the, on page 51, something clicked and I fell in love with the kids, and wanted to punch Pops and started feeling deeply, and the language carried me away and I couldn't put it down....

    The realness and rawness of Chris Crutcher's books is probably due to his experiences working as a teacher, family therapist, and child-protection specialist. That and his gift for revealing the humanity of even unlikeable characters. Either way, Crutcher writes some of the most honest...

    Story begins with Annie's last year of high school as a foster child who is drawn still to her biological family members. She is a high energy b-balling guard, who strategizes to play through the 'loser's bracket' so there's more chance for her DNA family members to see her play. Chris...

    Basketball star Annie has one more year in high school. However hard she tries, it is hard to keep her 2 families separate. Her biological mother is not mother material and has let her go from foster family to foster family. Her latest foster family have been of great support and a rea...

    ?See, life happens as much in the imagination as it does out where there?s earth, wind, and fire. How we understand story can be a blueprint for understanding our lives. Things happen in seemingly random order, but if we pay attention to real events the way an author pays attention...

  • Vicki
    Mar 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    This is true Crutcher, from his heart. When I met Chris Crutcher years ago he told us about his work, not as an author, but as a therapist especially helping to protect children. His character shows up in this story. Annie is in a long term foster care family and at age 17 has a year ...

    Thanks to Greenwillow Publishing and Edelweiss for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ? ????/5 for Chris Crutcher?s newest. I have been reading his stuff since I was in high school, and I was super excited to read his latest. Annie is a high s...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Even though Annie has a great foster mother and brother, and an okay foster father, she still keeps her connections to her birth family. However, because her foster family (father) has banned her from seeing them, ...

    Annie Boots is a gifted athlete. She is also a foster kid, one of the lucky ones with a stable, long-term placement. But she can't give up on her extremely disfunctional bio family, to the point of repeatedly sabotaging her athletic efforts because it might mean seeing her mother or si...

    It took me forever to get into it and I kept reading because ... well it's Crutcher for God's sake. And the, on page 51, something clicked and I fell in love with the kids, and wanted to punch Pops and started feeling deeply, and the language carried me away and I couldn't put it down....

    The realness and rawness of Chris Crutcher's books is probably due to his experiences working as a teacher, family therapist, and child-protection specialist. That and his gift for revealing the humanity of even unlikeable characters. Either way, Crutcher writes some of the most honest...

    Story begins with Annie's last year of high school as a foster child who is drawn still to her biological family members. She is a high energy b-balling guard, who strategizes to play through the 'loser's bracket' so there's more chance for her DNA family members to see her play. Chris...

  • Carol Moore Kollar
    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    This is true Crutcher, from his heart. When I met Chris Crutcher years ago he told us about his work, not as an author, but as a therapist especially helping to protect children. His character shows up in this story. Annie is in a long term foster care family and at age 17 has a year ...

    Thanks to Greenwillow Publishing and Edelweiss for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ? ????/5 for Chris Crutcher?s newest. I have been reading his stuff since I was in high school, and I was super excited to read his latest. Annie is a high s...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Even though Annie has a great foster mother and brother, and an okay foster father, she still keeps her connections to her birth family. However, because her foster family (father) has banned her from seeing them, ...

    Annie Boots is a gifted athlete. She is also a foster kid, one of the lucky ones with a stable, long-term placement. But she can't give up on her extremely disfunctional bio family, to the point of repeatedly sabotaging her athletic efforts because it might mean seeing her mother or si...

    It took me forever to get into it and I kept reading because ... well it's Crutcher for God's sake. And the, on page 51, something clicked and I fell in love with the kids, and wanted to punch Pops and started feeling deeply, and the language carried me away and I couldn't put it down....

    The realness and rawness of Chris Crutcher's books is probably due to his experiences working as a teacher, family therapist, and child-protection specialist. That and his gift for revealing the humanity of even unlikeable characters. Either way, Crutcher writes some of the most honest...

    Story begins with Annie's last year of high school as a foster child who is drawn still to her biological family members. She is a high energy b-balling guard, who strategizes to play through the 'loser's bracket' so there's more chance for her DNA family members to see her play. Chris...

    Basketball star Annie has one more year in high school. However hard she tries, it is hard to keep her 2 families separate. Her biological mother is not mother material and has let her go from foster family to foster family. Her latest foster family have been of great support and a rea...

  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Cathy
    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    This is true Crutcher, from his heart. When I met Chris Crutcher years ago he told us about his work, not as an author, but as a therapist especially helping to protect children. His character shows up in this story. Annie is in a long term foster care family and at age 17 has a year ...

    Thanks to Greenwillow Publishing and Edelweiss for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ? ????/5 for Chris Crutcher?s newest. I have been reading his stuff since I was in high school, and I was super excited to read his latest. Annie is a high s...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Even though Annie has a great foster mother and brother, and an okay foster father, she still keeps her connections to her birth family. However, because her foster family (father) has banned her from seeing them, ...

    Annie Boots is a gifted athlete. She is also a foster kid, one of the lucky ones with a stable, long-term placement. But she can't give up on her extremely disfunctional bio family, to the point of repeatedly sabotaging her athletic efforts because it might mean seeing her mother or si...

    It took me forever to get into it and I kept reading because ... well it's Crutcher for God's sake. And the, on page 51, something clicked and I fell in love with the kids, and wanted to punch Pops and started feeling deeply, and the language carried me away and I couldn't put it down....

  • 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 ...

    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...

  • Janet
    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    This is true Crutcher, from his heart. When I met Chris Crutcher years ago he told us about his work, not as an author, but as a therapist especially helping to protect children. His character shows up in this story. Annie is in a long term foster care family and at age 17 has a year ...

    Thanks to Greenwillow Publishing and Edelweiss for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ? ????/5 for Chris Crutcher?s newest. I have been reading his stuff since I was in high school, and I was super excited to read his latest. Annie is a high s...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Even though Annie has a great foster mother and brother, and an okay foster father, she still keeps her connections to her birth family. However, because her foster family (father) has banned her from seeing them, ...

    Annie Boots is a gifted athlete. She is also a foster kid, one of the lucky ones with a stable, long-term placement. But she can't give up on her extremely disfunctional bio family, to the point of repeatedly sabotaging her athletic efforts because it might mean seeing her mother or si...

    It took me forever to get into it and I kept reading because ... well it's Crutcher for God's sake. And the, on page 51, something clicked and I fell in love with the kids, and wanted to punch Pops and started feeling deeply, and the language carried me away and I couldn't put it down....

    The realness and rawness of Chris Crutcher's books is probably due to his experiences working as a teacher, family therapist, and child-protection specialist. That and his gift for revealing the humanity of even unlikeable characters. Either way, Crutcher writes some of the most honest...

    Story begins with Annie's last year of high school as a foster child who is drawn still to her biological family members. She is a high energy b-balling guard, who strategizes to play through the 'loser's bracket' so there's more chance for her DNA family members to see her play. Chris...

    Basketball star Annie has one more year in high school. However hard she tries, it is hard to keep her 2 families separate. Her biological mother is not mother material and has let her go from foster family to foster family. Her latest foster family have been of great support and a rea...

    ?See, life happens as much in the imagination as it does out where there?s earth, wind, and fire. How we understand story can be a blueprint for understanding our lives. Things happen in seemingly random order, but if we pay attention to real events the way an author pays attention...

    Crutcher always makes me look at kids differently. I always walk away with a fresh (if not heartbreaking) understanding about teens. Hell, about people. While the helpful adult trope was predictable, and Walter seemed familiar, this book will be a winner for kids like Annie and all the...

    Overall, this was OK - positives for complex characters and suspense but negative for feeling like the main character wasn't the most realistic 17 year old girl and for some strange turns in the storyline. It is nice to see characters who aren't all bad or good and those who surprise y...

    Taking a break from Alex reading. While I found the book a little hard to get into, one I read a few chapters I was hooked. While I don't think it's Crutcher's best book, I think it's an important book. We talk about giving kids windows and mirrors and for the most part, kids in the fo...

  • Karen
    Apr 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    This is true Crutcher, from his heart. When I met Chris Crutcher years ago he told us about his work, not as an author, but as a therapist especially helping to protect children. His character shows up in this story. Annie is in a long term foster care family and at age 17 has a year ...

    Thanks to Greenwillow Publishing and Edelweiss for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ? ????/5 for Chris Crutcher?s newest. I have been reading his stuff since I was in high school, and I was super excited to read his latest. Annie is a high s...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Even though Annie has a great foster mother and brother, and an okay foster father, she still keeps her connections to her birth family. However, because her foster family (father) has banned her from seeing them, ...

    Annie Boots is a gifted athlete. She is also a foster kid, one of the lucky ones with a stable, long-term placement. But she can't give up on her extremely disfunctional bio family, to the point of repeatedly sabotaging her athletic efforts because it might mean seeing her mother or si...

    It took me forever to get into it and I kept reading because ... well it's Crutcher for God's sake. And the, on page 51, something clicked and I fell in love with the kids, and wanted to punch Pops and started feeling deeply, and the language carried me away and I couldn't put it down....

    The realness and rawness of Chris Crutcher's books is probably due to his experiences working as a teacher, family therapist, and child-protection specialist. That and his gift for revealing the humanity of even unlikeable characters. Either way, Crutcher writes some of the most honest...

    Story begins with Annie's last year of high school as a foster child who is drawn still to her biological family members. She is a high energy b-balling guard, who strategizes to play through the 'loser's bracket' so there's more chance for her DNA family members to see her play. Chris...

    Basketball star Annie has one more year in high school. However hard she tries, it is hard to keep her 2 families separate. Her biological mother is not mother material and has let her go from foster family to foster family. Her latest foster family have been of great support and a rea...

    ?See, life happens as much in the imagination as it does out where there?s earth, wind, and fire. How we understand story can be a blueprint for understanding our lives. Things happen in seemingly random order, but if we pay attention to real events the way an author pays attention...

    Crutcher always makes me look at kids differently. I always walk away with a fresh (if not heartbreaking) understanding about teens. Hell, about people. While the helpful adult trope was predictable, and Walter seemed familiar, this book will be a winner for kids like Annie and all the...

  • Diane
    May 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    This is true Crutcher, from his heart. When I met Chris Crutcher years ago he told us about his work, not as an author, but as a therapist especially helping to protect children. His character shows up in this story. Annie is in a long term foster care family and at age 17 has a year ...

  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Sarah
    May 14, 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    This is true Crutcher, from his heart. When I met Chris Crutcher years ago he told us about his work, not as an author, but as a therapist especially helping to protect children. His character shows up in this story. Annie is in a long term foster care family and at age 17 has a year ...

    Thanks to Greenwillow Publishing and Edelweiss for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ? ????/5 for Chris Crutcher?s newest. I have been reading his stuff since I was in high school, and I was super excited to read his latest. Annie is a high s...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Even though Annie has a great foster mother and brother, and an okay foster father, she still keeps her connections to her birth family. However, because her foster family (father) has banned her from seeing them, ...

  • 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • MAB  LongBeach
    Dec 17, 2017

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    This is true Crutcher, from his heart. When I met Chris Crutcher years ago he told us about his work, not as an author, but as a therapist especially helping to protect children. His character shows up in this story. Annie is in a long term foster care family and at age 17 has a year ...

    Thanks to Greenwillow Publishing and Edelweiss for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ? ????/5 for Chris Crutcher?s newest. I have been reading his stuff since I was in high school, and I was super excited to read his latest. Annie is a high s...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Even though Annie has a great foster mother and brother, and an okay foster father, she still keeps her connections to her birth family. However, because her foster family (father) has banned her from seeing them, ...

    Annie Boots is a gifted athlete. She is also a foster kid, one of the lucky ones with a stable, long-term placement. But she can't give up on her extremely disfunctional bio family, to the point of repeatedly sabotaging her athletic efforts because it might mean seeing her mother or si...

  • 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Carli
    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    This is true Crutcher, from his heart. When I met Chris Crutcher years ago he told us about his work, not as an author, but as a therapist especially helping to protect children. His character shows up in this story. Annie is in a long term foster care family and at age 17 has a year ...

    Thanks to Greenwillow Publishing and Edelweiss for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ? ????/5 for Chris Crutcher?s newest. I have been reading his stuff since I was in high school, and I was super excited to read his latest. Annie is a high 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

  • 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Sylvs (XoHumanBeingXo)
    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • nukie19
    Feb 20, 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    This is true Crutcher, from his heart. When I met Chris Crutcher years ago he told us about his work, not as an author, but as a therapist especially helping to protect children. His character shows up in this story. Annie is in a long term foster care family and at age 17 has a year ...

    Thanks to Greenwillow Publishing and Edelweiss for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ? ????/5 for Chris Crutcher?s newest. I have been reading his stuff since I was in high school, and I was super excited to read his latest. Annie is a high s...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Even though Annie has a great foster mother and brother, and an okay foster father, she still keeps her connections to her birth family. However, because her foster family (father) has banned her from seeing them, ...

    Annie Boots is a gifted athlete. She is also a foster kid, one of the lucky ones with a stable, long-term placement. But she can't give up on her extremely disfunctional bio family, to the point of repeatedly sabotaging her athletic efforts because it might mean seeing her mother or si...

    It took me forever to get into it and I kept reading because ... well it's Crutcher for God's sake. And the, on page 51, something clicked and I fell in love with the kids, and wanted to punch Pops and started feeling deeply, and the language carried me away and I couldn't put it down....

    The realness and rawness of Chris Crutcher's books is probably due to his experiences working as a teacher, family therapist, and child-protection specialist. That and his gift for revealing the humanity of even unlikeable characters. Either way, Crutcher writes some of the most honest...

    Story begins with Annie's last year of high school as a foster child who is drawn still to her biological family members. She is a high energy b-balling guard, who strategizes to play through the 'loser's bracket' so there's more chance for her DNA family members to see her play. Chris...

    Basketball star Annie has one more year in high school. However hard she tries, it is hard to keep her 2 families separate. Her biological mother is not mother material and has let her go from foster family to foster family. Her latest foster family have been of great support and a rea...

    ?See, life happens as much in the imagination as it does out where there?s earth, wind, and fire. How we understand story can be a blueprint for understanding our lives. Things happen in seemingly random order, but if we pay attention to real events the way an author pays attention...

    Crutcher always makes me look at kids differently. I always walk away with a fresh (if not heartbreaking) understanding about teens. Hell, about people. While the helpful adult trope was predictable, and Walter seemed familiar, this book will be a winner for kids like Annie and all the...

    Overall, this was OK - positives for complex characters and suspense but negative for feeling like the main character wasn't the most realistic 17 year old girl and for some strange turns in the storyline. It is nice to see characters who aren't all bad or good and those who surprise y...