Form and Content
Using a seventeen-year-old golden boy athlete, Chris Crutcher weaves a realistic story about how fate rules life in The Crazy Horse Electric Game. The novel follows Willie Weaver from the height of his popularity as a baseball hero, which ends in a tragic boating accident, through the rebuilding of his life in Oakland, California, at the One More Last Chance High School. Crutcher uses short chapters, an easy-to-follow plot, strong characterization, and foreshadowing to hook and maintain the reader’s interest. The third-person narration allows the reader to see inside the minds of the characters, feeling their emotions and drawing the reader into the nightmare that has become reality for Willie.
The game is a watershed event in Willie Weaver’s life. His controlled pitching and awesome final catch take the championship away from the three-time winning team, Crazy Horse Electric. He becomes the star player for Sampson Floral and the town hero. In the blink of an eye, however, Willie’s life and the lives of his friends and family change forever. A water skiing accident leaves the left side of Willie’s body paralyzed, impairing his speech and movement.
Lost in a world that he no longer knows, in a body that he no longer controls, Willie struggles to overcome his confusion and frustration by trying to play racquetball, managing the girls’ basketball team, talking to a psychologist, participating in speech therapy, and going out with friends. The decisions that he makes are based on his emotions and have...
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