Monday, February 11, 2008

Deadline ~ by Chris Crutcher

What if you had only one year to live . . . and you knew it? This is the question to be answered by Chris Crutcher's newest young protagonist, and his answer surprises not only his doctor but himself as well. Ben Wolf chooses to tell no one of his "deadline," so he is able to live his life with few complications and more experiences. Ben Wolf's conversations with "Hey-soos," as well as glimpses into his close relationship with Coach Lou Banks (from previous Crutcher stories), meticulously guides us through Ben's adventures and his maturing as he travels this part of life's journey.
This is perhaps my favorite of Crutcher's young adult novels, and that is saying much since he is, in my view, one of the best young adult authors today.