Ben Wolf has big things planned for his senior year. Had big things planned. Now what he has is some very bad news and only one year left to make his mark on the world.
How can a pint-sized, smart-ass seventeen-year-old do anything significant in the nowheresville of Trout, Idaho?
First, Ben makes sure that no one else knows what is going on—not his superstar quarterback br...more
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An 18-year-old boy with big plans for his life finds out that he only has a year to live. He decides to refuse treatment and to keep his diagnosis a secret. Instead of telling his family the truth, he is determined to make the most of the time he has left. He joins the football team, even though he is extremely short, and he finally gathers the courage to approach the girl he’s been admiring from afar for as long as he can remember.
Deadline is actually a pretty decent story. Despite it ...more
If you want a great teen book about dying, read "Before I Die".
If you want an OK teen book that tries to connect football and dying in trite statements like those you'd see on inspirational store fridge magnets, read this book.
Deadline features the story of Ben Wolf, a young man on the brink of high school graduation who is diagnosed with a terminal illness (never specified, just identified as a blood disease) during a physical for cross country the summer before his senior year. After finding out t ...more
In this story you have 18 year old Ben wolf who finds out he has a year to live. He makes the decision to not have treatments just to get a little more time. He would rather live a great life for a year than to be sick from chemo treatments. The worst part of it, he does ...more
I was really moved by this novel. The only thing that had me slightly confused was all the football stuff. I'm not a football fan by any means - hockey is my sport ;) - so all the stuff about football, it's terminology and everything went a little ...more
Before reading this book, I was under the impression it was a boys book. I had heard a lot of it was dedicated to football so I wasn’t sure it was going to be my thing. I couldn’t have been more wrong! I absolutely loved it! Perhaps it was growing up watching sports all my life or my respect and fascination with the bond between brothers but I couldn’t put this book down.
As a reader, I really enjoyed the main character’s voice. He was witty and entertaining but we also got to hear his inner feel ...more
1) I did not understand any of the football lingo at all. Now, that doesn't really mean too much coming from me, since my knowledge of football is on the same level as my knowledge of advanced calculus, but I had to skim over dozens of pages because I had no idea what was going on.
2) While I respect the right of the patient, I was really bothered by the main character's reasons for refusing medical treatment ...more
I'm surprised by how many depressing yet realistic things that were talked about in this book. I mean obviously it talked about ter ...more
this book made me cry so much my nose was red and runny when i finally got to the end. i loved the relationship between ben and cody. also, reading about football made me interested to check out other football books (e.g. friday night lights, etc.)
p.s. i think dallas suzuki is one of the coolest names ever.
The perspective of having a terminal illness and what would you do with your last year is truly something to ponder. For a work of fiction there are some real life lessons. We are so often wrapped up in our own day to day crap and create drama unnecessarily out of so little. This gives some perspective.
Don't get me wrong this is ...more
Though he was headed for State in cross country, Ben goes out for football. Cody is the star quarterback, and now they make an unstoppable team. His next project is to date Dallas Suzuki, a beautiful, mysterious, smar ...more
I honestly couldn't put this book down. It's compelling, there is always something else you want to know more about. The plot had some pretty crazy twists in it and for those who are reading it right now and are unsure about it, just plunder through. The way this book is written may appear simple, but if it were any more complicated, it would have been a pain and if it would have ...more
I read this right after reading Downham's Before I Die, and the contrast ...more