While I feel like many people have heard of his novels, most times that I have recommended Chris Crutcher to someone, they haven’t read any of them. As one of my favorite young adult authors, I think his books deserve way more hype than they get. I first read “Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes” in high school, and was immediately hooked on his writing style. His novels are so intense, and deal with real life issues that so many people face but have a hard time talking about. No wonder most of them appear on lists of banned books (another plus)! The characters all have this intelligent wit that reminds me of those in a John Green novel. The stories are all narrated by male characters, which is something I don’t think we see quite enough of in young adult literature. Whether you enjoy reading novels with love stories, sports, suspense, religion, or semi-dysfunctional families, there is something in a Chris Crutcher novel for absolutely everyone!
Chris Crutcher's website: http://www.chriscrutcher.com/
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