Book Preview: Deadline

DeadlineDeadline by Chris Crutcher

Paperback, 320 pages

What would you do if you found out you only had a year left to live?  Ben Wolf decides to quit cross country and try out for football, even though he’s slight, born to be a runner, and dying.

There are some books you pick up, start reading, and think, “I love this main character, I don’t want something bad to happen to him.” So you read through the entire book hoping that the end isn’t what it’s billed to be. And you try to prepare yourself. But there is no preparing yourself. It’s like rereading John Green’s Looking for Alaska, or reading Jodi Piccoult’s My Sister’s Keeper (or anything by Jodi Piccoult, really). You know what’s coming, but there’s no avoiding the visceral reaction you have to the text.

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