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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.


This ALA Best Book for Young Adults is now available with a stunning new look. Two star athletes find the courage to confront painful memories in this gritty, realistic tale of friendship and healing.

About the Author

Chris Crutcher grew up in Cascade, Idaho, and now lives in Spokane, Washington. He is the critically acclaimed author of eight novels and a collection of short stories for teenagers, all chosen as ALA Best Books. In 2000, he was awarded the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring his lifetime contribution in writing for teens. Drawing on his experience as an athlete, teacher, family therapist, and child protection specialist, he unflinchingly writes about real and often-ignored issues that face teenagers today.

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monica10192, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by monica10192)
Dillon is a sixteen year old triathlon athlete that bears the image of his brother, Preston’s death. Throughout the story, Dillon is encountered by the past, present, and future of his actions by writing to his dead brother, in a journal. His long time friend Stacy, Jennifer the basketball star, and he have their own situations that they have to figure out so they can move on with their lives. They have secrets that they can’t live with anymore. So to overcome their past and present problems they join together to solve them. This book was one of my top picks before I even read it and it proved to be a great book. When reading this book you could feel their emotions and feel their pain. It was impossible to put the book down. The message that the author was trying to show the reader through the book was that you shouldn't hide the truth because in the end you could lose the ones you love. The author is also trying to show you that you need to tell the police or a teacher you trust about problems that you can’t face on your own. If people actually listened to Jennifer her problems wouldn’t have been as bad. I would recommend this book for teens because this is the area of the problems that the characters in the novel are going through. Teens can comprehend the literature and meanings of this book. This book would be good for both young men and young women.
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a7xluver, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by a7xluver)
The book, Chinese Handcuffs, was one that I did not find interesting. It is the story of a teenage boy, Dillon Hemingway, who is traumatized after witnessing his brother’s suicide. Before his brother shoots himself, he tells Dillon all of these horrible things that happened the other day. Worst of all, he blames Dillon for all of it. Now Dillon has to leave with the feeling of guilt for the rest of his life. After that, a whole mess of horrible things happen to him and the people around him, some of which are results of his brother’s suicide. As Dillon made his way through all the hard times of his life, he finds some comfort in friends that have the problems just like him. He finds most of his comfort from the girl that he has known for most of his life; Jennifer Lawless . He wants to become closer to her but he can’t only because of what she is keeping a secret from him. Then one day she tells Dillon and he wants to do everything he can to help her. Together, they try to get over all of their problems and become overwhelmed. Even if I did not find the book interesting, I still found the book to be well written. I would recommend this book to everyone that can read.
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cheesedoggy#1, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by cheesedoggy#1)
Dillon, who has witnessed his brother’s suicide, is a high school student in the book Chinese Handcuffs. The book starts out with Dillon training for a triathlon. He is very athletic, but doesn’t play sports at his high school. Throughout the book it switches back and forth between Dillon’s life and Jen’s life; Jen is one of Dillon’s crushes, and she has also had a semi-bad life. When she was about eight, her father would come in her room and touch her in inappropriate places. Her mom didn’t believe her, but eventually her father left and her mom got a new boyfriend who did the same thing! In the middle of the book it goes into detail how Preston, Dillon’s brother, killed himself; it was very depressing. After that Dillon started writing letters to Preston about how life is. Then Jen fell during her basketball game and had to be rushed to the hospital. She started remembering her past while tuning in and out of reality. Dillon got over his brother’s death and everything was better; Dillon and Jen remained best friends. This book taught me that it is better to let go of the people you love even though it is hard. Chris Crutcher did a phenomenal job with Chinese Handcuffs.
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Product Details

Crutcher, Chris
Greenwillow Books
by Chris Crutcher
Social Situations - Adolescence
Sports & Recreation - General
Child abuse
Social Situations - Physical & Emotional Abuse
Social Situations - Sexual Abuse
Social Situations - Suicide
Social Issues - Physical & Emotional Abuse
Social Issues - Suicide
Social Issues - Sexual Abuse
Situations / Adolescence
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Sexual Abuse
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
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