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by Chris Crutcher

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?

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ISBN: 0060850914
ISBN13: 978-0060850913
Category: Teen
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Author: Chris Crutcher
Language: English
Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (April 21, 2009)
Pages: 336 pages
ePUB size: 1304 kb
FB2 size: 1930 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 918
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This had the makings of a really good book with a character taking risks he wouldn't have otherwise. Ben is a strong character and dictates how to live with death. The author seemed most at ease writing the football scenes which put the reader right in Ben's head. Then he throws in so many distractions, the point of the story is lost.

There are too many issues tackled in addition to dying at 18: cover-up of Catholic priest child abuse, alcoholism, bipolar disorder, incest, a second child abuse, bullying, medical confidentiality, and the Vietnam war. The issue Ben chooses to tackle is racism. The author assumes that everyone in an all white town in Idaho is a bigot and that Malcolm X (who died almost 50 years ago in 1965)is the most relevant black figure to expose this bigotry. I found the premise that everyone was prejudiced against people of color (Native Americans, African Americans, but apparently not Asian Americans) objectionable.

The book uses very dated references. No current issues like the two Gulf Wars, Afghanistan, terrorism,and LGBT rights are included. I live in New York, but I don't think Idaho is 50 years behind the rest of the US.
I'm not even remotely a young adult, but I enjoy reading Chris Crutcher's books. I think they're excellent for teens because they tell a real story--including some not so nice parts of life--with humor thrown in to make it fun. The humor is so important--that's what gets us through the crappy parts of life. Deadline is about Ben Wolf, who finds out that he has a terminal illness. He decides to keep it a secret so that he can live his final year of life without people feeling sorry for him and without medical intervention that may make him unable to do the things he wants to do. The novel makes you think about how you would live your life if you knew your time was limited and what things in life are ultimately important. Mr. Crutcher's work appeals especially to young people who love athletics, but I think any teen (or open minded adult like me!) would find this novel a real page turner.
I almost gave up on this book, but I'm glad I didn't. In the beginning, the narrator's flippant tone and the improbability of the characters' behavior turned me off, but I stuck with it because of the good reviews. I'm glad I did - this book will stay with me for a long time.
Freedom through truth. Peace through truth. Chris Crutcher is an author who is blissfully unafraid to tell it like it is--even when telling it like it is leads to questions for which there are no easy answers.
As I was reading Deadline, I was struck again and again by the no-holds-barred frankness--- the unblinking honesty-- with which Crutcher empowers Ben Wolf, his terminally ill hero.
Deadline is unforgettable. It questions again and again why people believe as they believe, and leaves no doubt that keeping oneself insulated from truth, even when the intention is to protect loved ones from grief, is a selfish act.
I have read all of Chris Crutcher's books, and without exception, I have always come away from them feeling as if I have been infused with knowing a greater truth, whether about myself or the world. Deadline leaves me infused and nearly without words for it-- so powerful a punch it packs.
Thank you, Chris Crutcher, for another thought-provoking book.
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I just recently took a graduate-level class on Young Adult Literature where I read just about 30 YA books. Deadline (and all of Crutcher's books) is in a YA class of it's own. Crutcher's writing is poignant, realistic, and hilariously funny right up until the point where you are crying from heartbreak. It's easy to love the characters in this book and you love them more for their life struggles and determination to survive (or in one case, determination to die) despite the uglier sides of humanity. Deadline has a positive coach figure, which is probably one reason I like it so much as my husband is a coach. This book is great for teens and adults alike, especially people who are seeking a perspective on death and dying. Read this book and Sherman Alexie's The Half True Story of a Part Time Indian and you will be hooked on contemporary YA lit.
If I had stopped after the first third or half, I might have scored this three stars. The tone of the book was so light and almost sassy while the topic was much more serious. If a boy learns he's going to die by the end of his senior year of a disease, it seems he'd be a little more introspective or somber at times. He also had absolutely zero hints of the disease, no fatigue, nothing. It was hard for me to get attached to him or imagine the story was real. I was also getting strong "preachy" vibes from the author concerning his belief system, which is not the same as mine. I like it better when authors throw it out there and let their readers do the thinking.

But the second half made up for it. Several powerful events snag you to start thinking about some pretty big issues, like the power and importance of the truth, survival after abuse, how sometimes bad people can't really help that they are bad--and we can forgive them... I could have given this four stars, the average of the 3 and 5, but the second half really overrode the 3.

I'm a high school English teacher, and I love YA literature. I think this would be a great book for many boys because there is a lot of football, especially in the first third, to get them hooked. It's so hard to find books for boys, so I'm happy to have another one to recommend enthusiastically.
melody of you
"Put your own oxygen mask on before you try to help anyone else. Life is your practice field. The state playoffs are inside you."
I love the way Crutcher seeps deep inside your head and makes you think. Ben is a great character. He is "normal" but beyond this years in the way he sees things in his shortened life. It makes you wonder if it wouldn't be better to know of your impending death.
The way Ben challenges his teacher is any "great teachers" dream of a great student. I teach, I would love the passion Ben has to question what he is learning.
Don't pass up this book! If I could give it more than 5 stars, I'd double it.
As described. My son needed this book for his English class.