Bo has an anger problem. Most of this he attributes to an over-controlling father and a jerk teacher/coach. When he gets in trouble again he is required to go to anger management for calling said teacher a cuss word. It doesn't matter if what Bo said is true, he has to fix his anger issues. At first Bo is angry about it and doesn't believe he belongs with all of the other anger management kids, kids who are way more street tough on the outside than he is. But he learns from the colorful teacher of anger management, that they all have something in common and they can all learn from eachother. Bo is also training to be an ironman and the book is peppered with letters he writes to Larry King. This book deals with the unfairness that many teen boys feel and that there is more than one way to deal with it. Facing his anger in this book, Bo and his thoughts will resonate. The characters in this book are well thought out and easy to care for. There are also characters, like Bo's dad, who are understandable but ultimately still wrong. I would recommend this book for any teen or pre-teen boy. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This was an amazing book, the first of all his I read and I was instantly in love with his writing. The way he tells the story of those two is just amazing in every way. It moved me.
Wow! This book was just too long! The same thing kept happening over and over again i felt like i was reading the same 200 pages. It could have been three hundred pages shorter and alot better. I really didnt like it!
Beau Brewster's life is in turmoil-- he's having repeated run-ins with the school vice-principal, long-standing issues with his father, and now he's been sent to the school's anger management class. Initially viewing them as a bunch of delinquent misfits, Beau soon becomes part of the group-- really more like a family-- and comes to respect the group's leader, the wonderfully philosophical Japanese cowboy, Mr. Nak. In the end, it is the group that helps Beau to better understand himself and his dad, come to terms with the news that his favorite teacher is gay, and best his biggest foe in the ironman triatholan.
The perfect mixture of teen angst, sarcasm, humor, romance, friendship, and sports, Crutcher produces a memorable book and a believable situation.