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3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  11,131 Ratings  ·  1,392 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 ...more
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Harper Teen (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 05, 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.
Agatha Donkar
Sep 12, 2007 Agatha Donkar 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
Jan 22, 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

Dec 09, 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
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
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
Jan 08, 2010 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
Jan 02, 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
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
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
Jan 01, 2008 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Aug 25, 2009 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
Jan 27, 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
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
Mar 30, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Angela Juline
Apr 06, 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!
Nov 15, 2007 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens/adults
This one had me reading late into the night.
Emily Butler
Deadline by Chris Crutcher was by the longest I waited to read a book for this class but I am happy to say that it pleasantly surprised me. After speaking with some of my classmates who had started the book before me I was spectacle to start the book because the main character seemed kind of like a Buttface (For a lack of better word). The fact that the main character Ben had not only given up on his own life but also decided that it was best for him not to share this news with any of the peopl ...more
Nate H
May 12, 2013 Nate H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This quarter I read the emotion jerker Deadline written by Chris Crutcher. The book is based upon an 18 year old kid named Ben Wolf. Ben is going into his senior year of high school when he is diagnosed with cancer and is told he has one year to live. Ben isn’t sure at first how to react, so he tells the doctor to not tell his parents. The doctor must follow his orders considering Ben is 18, an adult. Ben could approach his last year two different ways, sad and depressed, or with an attitude of ...more
Claire Ramos
I really enjoyed this book. It was such an easy read, which kind of bugged me at first. The story isn’t anything about an extraordinary world or a big adventure, so that combined with the reading level left me wanting something more. I guess I wasn’t feeling as intellectually stimulated as some of the other novels had me. However, I was definitely emotionally stimulated.
As a reader, I got very attached to this story and some of its characters. I had a best friend named Ben. He’s gone now, but
Daniela Diaz
Deadline was a bit of a slow read for me, but once I got into it I flew on through. It was a great book, where I found myself laughing and smiling throughout it. Ben is an amazing character, one worth being looked up, definitely a role model. This book was amazing on many levels. Knowing from the very beginning that Ben was going to die is not something that I usually come across. Most of the time someone’s death is a surprise, but in this case it wasn’t. Nonetheless, this did not stop the tears ...more
Angela Berg
Jan 19, 2012 Angela Berg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will not lie, I was not looking forward to reading this book. Quite a few individuals I spoke to stated they were having a hard time getting into the story. My understanding was the protagonist was funny in very beginning of the story but that is where the overall interest ended.
I will say I was presently surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. There were so many controversial issues that were brought to light, each added their own richness to the story. In the beginning of the book I too
Erin Durham-moore
Chris Crutcher’s Deadline was such a quick read it was almost too fast. Within the first few pages the protagonist, Ben, finds out he’s going to be lucky to survive a year. I found his reactions to his eminent death to be rather lacking, but his story, the one of an 18 year-old boy cramming his life into a year and how his actions affect his community is what keeps you reading until the end.

I’m not sure exactly what I would do if I was in Ben’s situation, but I know my own reactions would be rat
Mar 18, 2012 Lizf rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I end this book with a resounding ehhh. Something about this book just irritates me, but I'm having a hard time figuring out just what that is. I was able to complete it no problem but a lot of it just had me wanting to drop the book on the floor.

As a reader, I was very annoyed with the character of Ben. It felt like he was a bit too perfect of a character for me. He was very intelligent, open minded, snarky, witty, athletic, and had a 'pretty' girlfriend. His intelligence and snarkiness bothere
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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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