Book Reviews of Deadline

Deadline
Deadline
Author: Chris Crutcher
ISBN-13: 9780060850890
ISBN-10: 0060850892
Publication Date: 9/1/2007
Pages: 320
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.
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4.7 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed Deadline on
Helpful Score: 3
Wow. Chris Crutcher has done it yet again.

What an amazing book. Crutcher has made me laugh, upset, nervous, and almost brought me to tears--all in just one novel.

This novel is not going to be on everybody's recommended list--in fact, I have no doubts that it will end up on the Most Banned Books List, which appears to be the one list that Crutcher consistently finds his novels mentioned.

After the local doctor tells Ben Wolf that he only has one year left to live, he decides to make it the best year possible. The catch is that nobody else knows he's dying. He realizes that his final year is going to be much more than he had bargained for...

Overall Score: 9/10 stars
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Helpful Score: 1
Reviewed by coollibrarianchick for TeensReadToo.com

Let's say you find out in a routine physical exam that you have a rare disease and will only have approximately one year left to live. What would you do? Would you get treatment to prolong your life even if it's just for a little while, or would you refuse treatment and just live out the rest of your days as a normal person? Tough choice; I am not sure what I would do.

Ben Wolf is faced with this dilemma in Chris Crutcher's newest book, DEADLINE. He finds out in the beginning of his senior year that he has leukemia. Not only does he refuse treatment but he also decides not to tell anyone about his condition, either, which means that his family and friends are all in the dark until almost the very end of the story.

Why did he decide to do things that way, you might wonder? I get why he decided not to tell anyone at school. They would treat him as if he was fragile, like glass, or like the town leper. Normalcy is something you strive for when things in your world are turned upside down. I would've told my family, though, because they are my family through better or worse. I hate lying to them. Ben didn't see it as lying at first. He just saw it as hiding the truth, which in reality is the same thing.

Being sick made Ben do and see things that he never would have done before. Instead of coasting through his senior year, he used the year to find information, read everything he could and speak up and push his teachers so he could get the most from his education. He also decided to switch sports and play football instead of running cross country. And, finally, he got the girl, too.

Courageous or foolish? You decide. Eventually, though, reality does set in.....
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Reviewed by coollibrarianchick for TeensReadToo.com

Let's say you find out in a routine physical exam that you have a rare disease and will only have approximately one year left to live. What would you do? Would you get treatment to prolong your life even if it's just for a little while, or would you refuse treatment and just live out the rest of your days as a normal person? Tough choice; I am not sure what I would do.

Ben Wolf is faced with this dilemma in Chris Crutcher's newest book, DEADLINE. He finds out in the beginning of his senior year that he has leukemia. Not only does he refuse treatment but he also decides not to tell anyone about his condition, either, which means that his family and friends are all in the dark until almost the very end of the story.

Why did he decide to do things that way, you might wonder? I get why he decided not to tell anyone at school. They would treat him as if he was fragile, like glass, or like the town leper. Normalcy is something you strive for when things in your world are turned upside down. I would've told my family, though, because they are my family through better or worse. I hate lying to them. Ben didn't see it as lying at first. He just saw it as hiding the truth, which in reality is the same thing.

Being sick made Ben do and see things that he never would have done before. Instead of coasting through his senior year, he used the year to find information, read everything he could and speak up and push his teachers so he could get the most from his education. He also decided to switch sports and play football instead of running cross country. And, finally, he got the girl, too.

Courageous or foolish? You decide. Eventually, though, reality does set in.....
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This was a wonderful book.
Chris Crutcher is a great author and uses a witty-sarcastic tone to tell the story.
This book really makes you reconsider the meaning of life.