aka YA Literature

Monday, June 18, 2007


Title: Deadline
Author: Chris Crutcher
Rating: A

I finished reading the ARC of Chris Crutcher's Deadline this weekend. Chris Crutcher is visiting my library this fall and I am scheduled to escort him around for the day. Needless to say, I am very excited about it and even more excited now that I have read Deadline because this is the type of read that you want to discuss with the author.

The premise of Deadline is somewhat used. Teen finds out he has one year left to live. Teen tries to live life fully his last year. BUT, there is so much more to this book! Chris Crutcher addresses everything from mental illness to child molestation to alcoholism to racism. The dialogue is real, the characters well-developed...standard Chris Crutcher stuff. Plus, another great thing about the book is that it appeals to both males and females so I can recommend it to most of my library's teens and know that they will enjoy it.

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