Loser's Bracket

Loser's Bracket Review

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 and their messes. She tells herself she’s doing it for Sheila’s son, Frankie, but she knows her issues with her birth family are more deeply rooted. Then a family argument at one of Annie’s swim meets escalates and Frankie goes missing. Annie can’t help but think that Frankie’s disappearance is her fault. With help from her new boyfriend, Tim, and her social service worker, Annie searches desperately for her missing nephew, determined to find him and finally get him in a safe home. Annie’s story is quintessential Crutcher, by turns gripping, heartbreaking, hopeful, and unflinchingly honest, and will appeal to readers of Matt de la Peña and Andrew Smith.

Title:Loser's Bracket

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  • Julie Daniels

    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 f...

  • Claudia

    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 require...

  • Sarah

    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...

  • Ms. Yingling

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books CentralAnnie 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 h...

  • Katy Noyes

    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...

  • Alicia

    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 th...

  • Darcy

    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 ...

  • Ted Lehmann

    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 present...

  • Ellen Klock

    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...

  • Hannah Rae

    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 gir...