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3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  10,557 Ratings  ·  1,353 Reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by Greenwillow Books (first published September 1st 2007)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
2.5 stars
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
Mar 08, 2008 Marya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-lit
If you want a great teen book about football and male camaraderie, read "The Knights of the Hill Country".

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.
Jan 26, 2009 Stacy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this would have been a pretty good book except for 2 things:

1) LANGUAGE PROBLEMS on every page---f bombs everywhere
2) Political smears from the left---throughout the book

Sep 16, 2007 A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, young-adult, 2007
I don't even know what to write in a review of this -- anything I could say about how much it moved me, how utterly perfect it was, would give away the ending and the power of the book. Regardless: this one kept me up until almost 3 a.m. on Friday because I just couldn't stop turning the pages. Crutcher's a great writer, the style's fantastic, and the narrator is unlike any narrator I've ever met before (though he may strike some readers as a bit of a Gary Stu; I honestly didn't mind his perfect ...more
Dec 31, 2007 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mock-printz-2007
The good news is this is a great novel about life, death, and the truth that lies in between. The voice of Ben is very strong: smart, sarcastic, and always searching for truth. The story itself is just fine as well with all the elements one expects in a Crutcher novel: the not quite perfect romance, the sports angle, the distant slightly tortured parents, the helpful if overmatched therapist, and the school based subplot with good guy hero standing up against bad guy teacher. Ben's journey is th ...more
Jul 24, 2007 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I don't know what's wrong with me, but I really, really didn't like this book. It's about a high school senior who finds out he's dying and decides not to tell anyone. It's so far out of my realm of possibilities that I just read it to see if Crutcher could convince me of it's plausibility. He didn't. The dude's voice really irked me too. I think the author went too far with the perfectly blended confident-clever-smart-athletic-but still humble character he always writes. Anyone care to ar ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Boys
Ben Wolf is used to being out of the limelight. He is dwarf-sized and constantly overshadowed by his younger brother Cody, who is also the school football team's quarterback. Not that he really minds, because as brothers they have always been tight. He also has a crazy, possibly bipolar, mom whose ups and downs always affect him more than he would like. Couple that up with a very strict, by the book Civics teacher and an impossibly beautiful Dallas Suzuki, his senior year should be one heck of a ...more
Maybe its my having spent too much time in the classroom, or maybe it's because Back in My Day teens were slapped for this sort of thing, but my threshold of tolerance for Obnoxious Teens is really, really low. There is a thin yet very much there line between charming and smart mouth. The narrator here is a guy who is diagnosed with an unnamed because who cares disease and will die within the year. He snot nosedly tells off the doctor who is begging this incredibly annoying boy to get treatment, ...more
About once a year I find a book that makes me cry at the beginning and again at the end and changes my life somewhere in between. Last year that book was Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, the year before it was Louis Sachar's Small Steps, and the year before that it was Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. But now, at the tale end of this year, I can tell you that Deadline has changed the way I look at life, given me hope for the future and made me a better person, all within 316 pa ...more
Jan 09, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 20, 2009 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I wanted to make sure that I read this book after the brouhaha around it and Crutcher's heated response on his MySpace page. It seemed like a good selection to get around to for Banned Books Week, and it didn't let me down.

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
Jul 06, 2009 Jojo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Chris Crutcher is usually good, and this one is ok, but I think he tried to do way too much here and ended up with width, not depth. Let's see: fatal blood disease, alcoholism, mental illness, rampant sexual abuse, physical abuse, teen parenting, bad bad parenting, brotherly rivalry, racism, car accidents, hidden pasts of all kinds, "lies my teacher told me" - is there anything I missed?* My head is spinning from all of the big issues Chris Crutcher tries to cover here. I get that his main point ...more
Janie Johnson
I decided to read this book for the TBRTakedown 2.0 read-a-thon for the challenge of 'Choose a book that has been on your shelves for over a year. Well try 3 years. I figured this would be a good one to choose for the challenge.

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
Feb 02, 2008 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 30, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 14, 2010 Mackenzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2010
This is the second book I've read recently that's been about choices. Choosing between life or death. And I have to say, I think I liked this one better than If I Stay, which don't get me wrong, was amazing, but I think Deadline was absolutely stunning.

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
Mar 18, 2012 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Jan 10, 2009 Cornmaven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hs-adult
I was really disappointed with this book, considering how much I liked The Sledding Hill. I think Crutcher tried to do too much in this book, and couldn't decide what he wanted to emphasize the most. Plot of kid who turns 18 then finds out he has a terminal illness and then refuses treatment and keeps it all secret so he can live a 'normal' life was interesting. I liked the scenes which had him challenging the smarmy history/government teacher; those seemed very real. But having the kid's mother ...more
This book was a bit weird for me. I liked that the general fact of the novel, that the protagonist is going to die, is presented at the very beginning but the way it was written wasn’t as agreeable for me to begin with. I think that of all the books that I have read so far, this one was a bit harder for me to read because I kept getting distracted. I don’t think that the idea that an eighteen year old will keep the secret that he has been told that he is going to die is entirely implausible, I t ...more
I would have given this book a better rating, but there were two things that bothered me:

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
Angela Juline
Apr 09, 2015 Angela Juline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can definitely understand why a teenager would like it...but I thought it had just a bit too much drama (or rather, too many traumatic events)...but I did laugh and I did cry, which always boosts a book's score for me!
May 09, 2016 Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is kind of a no brainer from the summary but this book is depressing, so I recommend u prepare something happy to read or watch when you're close to being done with the book, I didn't and am now really regretting it. Despite how depressing it is it had so many ridiculously funny moments. Ben is such an interesting person and I truly loved his character.

I'm surprised by how many depressing yet realistic things that were talked about in this book. I mean obviously it talked about ter
Jul 15, 2010 Mari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i think i'm becoming a sucker for tearjerkers.

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.
Oct 18, 2015 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Robin Raible
Jun 05, 2016 Robin Raible rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of the best things I have read in a LONG time! It just makes you think. Even though this is a "YA book" I hope people read it - regardless of their age.

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
Tom Bostwick
Apr 07, 2016 Tom Bostwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Crutcher’s books always take readers on an emotional journey, and Deadline is no exception. Ben Wolf learns he has only a year to live and decides to keep it a secret from everyone. Not even his brother Cody, also a senior in their tiny town of Trout, Idaho, is going to know.
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
Paulina Pappas
"Deadline" is a story about a high school senior named Ben who has one year left to live. The story is about how he decides to spend his last year. He is 18 years old so he legally doesn't have to tell anyone and that's what he decides to do, for the most part. Ben has ran cross country for the past three years of his high school career but decides to change it up this year and be on the football team with his brother. He goes out for the most attractive girl in his eyes who is Dallas. Ben also ...more
Jan 04, 2009 AJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-personally-own
So I bought this book around 6:30 p.m. and finished it around 3 a.m. the next morning. That's my intro to this review.

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
Apr 28, 2009 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a completely engrossing read. The premise is straight forward enough, but this is Chris Crutcher, so there are interesting characters, sports, coaches, a believable teen romance. And, as usual, Crutcher provokes thought on difficult issues. What IS the best way to live? What lies should you tell, if any? How WOULD you live if you only had a year left? Can one person make a difference? Whose oxygen mask goes on first?

I read this right after reading Downham's Before I Die, and the contrast
Jul 10, 2009 Bonnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that I wasn’t expecting to like Chris Crutcher’s Deadline. I am not a big fan of the sports novel genre, so I read this book a little begrudgingly. Surprisingly, the book was a fairly enjoyable read. However, I was bothered by the number of issues that Crutcher tries to cram into one novel. In addition to having a protagonist that finds out the summer before his senior year that he only has one year to live, the novel introduces issues of child molestation, child abuse, alcoholism, ...more
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Chris Crutcher's writing is controversial, and has been frequently challenged and even banned by individuals who want to censor his books by removing them from libraries and classrooms. Running Loose and Athletic Shorts were on the ALA's top 100 list of most frequently challenged books for 1990-2000. His books generally feature teens coping with serious problems, including abusive parents, racial ...more
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