Chinese Handcuffs

Paperback | October 5, 2004

byChris Crutcher

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Dillon is living with the painful memory of his brother's suicide -- and the role he played in it. To keep his mind and body occupied, he trains intensely for the Ironman triathlon. But outside of practice, his life seems to be falling apart.

Then Dillon finds a confidante in Jennifer, a star high school basketball player who's hiding her own set of destructive secrets. Together, they must find the courage to confront their demons -- before it's too late.

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Dillon is living with the painful memory of his brother's suicide -- and the role he played in it. To keep his mind and body occupied, he trains intensely for the Ironman triathlon. But outside of practice, his life seems to be falling apart.Then Dillon finds a confidante in Jennifer, a star high school basketball player who's hiding h...

Chris Crutcher has written nine critically acclaimed novels, an autobiography, and two collections of short stories. He has won three lifetime achievement awards for the body of his work: the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults, the ALAN Award for a Significant Contribution to Adolescent Literature, an...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.12 × 5 × 0.61 inPublished:October 5, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060598395

ISBN - 13:9780060598396

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of the most underrated books/author ever. Very moving. Perfect teen novel. I picked this book up randomly in the school library and ever since have loved books by Chris Crutcher. A must on my book shelf.
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harrowing Riveting, revealing, and shocking, Chinese Handcuffs proves a disturbingly good but harrowing story of love, family, and terror for two teens who are literally living on the edge. Dillon Hemingway is constantly haunted by his role in his brother Preston's gory sucide death, of what he did, and even more, of what he didn't do. To cope, Dillon writes letters to his dead brother, in a subconscious attempt to replenish himself and reconnect with his brother. At the same time, Jennifer Lawless, a girl at the same school lives in a punishing family, haunted by the memories of the father that got too close, amd the step-dad who violates and threatens her nightly. Cursed with an oblivious mother who doesn't care, and a naive younger sister in need of protection, Jennifer is lost and has nowhere to turn for help. It is when Dillon and Jennifer finally cross paths and share their separate, but equally distressing life stories, that everything begins to click. But soon enough, Preston's former girlfriend walks into their lives, and things begin to complicate themselves once again, beyond recognition. True, distressing, and deeply moving, Chinese Handcuffs is a must-read novel for all older teens, and like To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye, should become a process of growing up. It is a one-of-the-kind coming-of-age novel that surpasses the integrity of all others of its kind (including To Kill a Mockingbird). A mature and provoking read, I would have to give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2007-09-23