Country singer Tim McGraw tells us to "live like we were dying." For the teen protagonist of this book, high school senior Ben Wolfe, it's an all-too-real challenge; he's been diagnosed with incurable leukemia. Ben decides not to tell his parents or friends, and to go for everything he wants out of life: a spot on the football team, love with a beautiful girl, and the secret to the ultimate meaning of life. Then reality intrudes.
BookMark: Deadline by Chris Crutcher (HarperTeen 2007)
By DEBBIE WEAKLAND • April 9, 2008