Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

As Ben prepares for his senior year of high school, he receives devastating news at his physical in preparation to run cross country: cancer. Prognosis? A year. If that.

Ben instantly decides to forgo treatment, which would not have made much of a difference, to instead live his one year left to the greatest. He also makes the decision to not inform anyone of his sickness, not his parents, his brother, no one will know.

As Ben lives the rest of his life in one year, he is fearless. He dates the girl of his dreams, gives up cross country for football, stands up for his beliefs, challenges the teachings of his teachers, and attempts to help those seemingly hopeless.

But can he handle the stress of imminent death alone?

What I Thought:
This is a deep, wonderful story. This was a hard book for me to read, not really because of the topic, but because I didn't understand the thought process behind some of it. And the football jargon. But this is okay, because I'm not a guy, and this book is from a male's point of view, written by a guy. I am pumped that I didn't understand it all!

This is a great book that answers the question "what would you do if you had a year to live?"

Highly recommended, especially for male readers.

Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: Deadline by Chris Crutcher.

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