BookMark: Deadline by Chris Crutcher (HarperTeen 2007)

April 9, 2008

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.