Deadline by Chris CrutcherDeadline by Chris Crutcher


byChris Crutcher

Paperback | April 21, 2009

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How can a pint-sized, smart-ass eighteen-year-old make his mark on the world from Nowheresville, Idaho—especially when he only has one year left to do it? When Ben Wolf learns his senior year of high school will be his last year, period, he is determined to go out in a blaze of glory.

That means not letting anyone know about his diagnosis. It means trying out for the football team. It means giving his close-minded civics teacher a daily migraine. It means going for the amazingly perfect, fascinating Dallas Suzuki.

But living with a secret isn't easy . . . What will Ben do when he realizes he isn't the only person who's keeping one?

Chris Crutcher has written nine critically acclaimed novels, an autobiography, and two collections of short stories. Drawing on his experience as a family therapist and child protection specialist, Crutcher writes honestly about real issues facing teenagers today: making it through school, competing in sports, handling rejection and fa...
Title:DeadlineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.89 inPublished:April 21, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060850914

ISBN - 13:9780060850913

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Almost made it...but couldn't quite finish From the beginning, I thought the main character was quite relatable and his predicament is no doubt interesting and compelling to read about. I thought it was an interesting premise, to have a teenager realize he is going to die and decide to try to live his best life without even his closest family being aware of his prognosis. However, it just fell flat for me - perhaps because there was a lot more football than I thought I had signed up for. If you love young adult books in high school settings and football, this may work for you but I just found it to be too mediocre to complete.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What would you do if you knew you were dying? Ben Wolf finds out he has a year to live. He says no to treatment that would leave him sick and bald and probably not with much more time. He says no to telling his family and friends. He wants a normal year. He wants to try out for football and go after the girl he has loved from afar. This book was on a lot of best of lists for 2007 and it was quite good. Things don't go exactly as Ben planned and they go exactly as you as a reader think either which is a good thing. I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2008-02-29