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Deadline

Lit Circle
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Stephanie Sorber

on 22 January 2013

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Chris Crutcher Deadline Related Film Meet the Author Professional Review 2008 "Crutcher brings his signature blend of sports action and human emotion to this powerful novel. Emotionally spare but deeply touching, the relationship between Ben and his brother will resonate with many readers, while others may find the several strong father figures comforting. Secondary characters add humor and balance, though the government teacher's voice occasionally veers too far toward that of a right-wing pundit." Characters Group Review Chase's Review I think the book is an easy read, but it is a very well written. The tone and mood of the book sometimes is very fitting for how the character feels. It easily brings the audience into the book. Zanita's Review The book Deadline is a really good book , I think I liked it so much because I feel that the main character Ben was trying to achieve a goal that he believed in and didn't give up . Even knowing that he was going to die he still did anything to make his life the best he can. I feel as if it was me I would do the same exact thing , I would feel like I this time I had to live was the best and I had no regrets. Stephanie's Review This book was a simple, but sad read. It was powerful because Ben's story was different from most disease books, but I enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who wants an easy read. The book Deadline is a really good book , I think I liked it so much because I feel that the main character Ben was trying to achieve a goal that he believed in and didn't give up . Even knowing that he was going to die he still did anything to make his life the best he can. I feel as if it was me I would do the same exact thing , I would feel like I this time I had to live was the best and I had no regrets. Zanita's Review Halee's Review The novel Deadline was definitely an eye opener of a teenager that would not let the fact that he only has less than a year to live influence how he lived the rest of his life. The idea of having the story be based on a bucket list is what made it so hard to put down wondering if the main character will actually achieve everything he expected to do before he passes away.
Chris Crutcher has written nine critically acclaimed novels, an autobiography, and two collections of short stories. He has won three lifetime achievement awards for the body of his work: the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults, the ALAN Award for Significant Contribution to Adolescent Literature, and the NCTE National Intellectual Freedom Award. He has been a child and family therapist with the Spokane Community Mental Health Center and is currently chairperson for the Spokane Child Protection Team. Chris Crutcher lives in Spokane, Washington. Deadline is a very easy read, the book is interesting and gets you thinking. If I was Ben I would live my life to the fullest each and every day with no regrets because whether you have a deadline or not it's not going to change who you are and who your surrounded with. So read this book and think, how or what would you do with your time if you had a deadline. Jessey's Review Ben Wolf Main character that finds out early on in the novel that he has a terminal illness and only has a year to live. After hearing news like this, he decides to not tell anybody about his disease and live to his fullest potential and accomplish as much as he can in one last year. Dallas Suzuki Ben's love interest and soon to be girlfriend once he begins to take all the risks and opportunities he can before he dies. Cody Wolf Ben's brother, typical high school jock that also happens to be a star football player for their high school team. Forms a very close relationship with Ben throughout the story Mr. Lambeer Ben's civic's teacher that he always gives a hard time by criticizing him about the things he teaches the class Coach Banks The coach of the high school football team, pretty much another father figure for Ben and Cody Rudy The town drunk who also has a secret of his own, Ben shows a lot of interest in getting to know him Hey Soos Ben's inner conscience that talks to him about what is going on in his life and guides him through all his situations Chris Crutcher Deadline Plot Deadline is a novel about a teenage boy that is diagnosed with a terminal illness and discovers that he only has one year to live. Deciding to keep the heartbreaking news from everyone, Ben will do anything possible to live the rest of his life in just one short year. Theme The theme that is trying to be portrayed by Crutcher is that there is so much to life and sometimes you need something to push you towards achieving your goals and trying new things. Setting A small town in Idaho Literary Devices Within the novel, Crutcher uses vivid imagery by making the plot so easy to relate to for teenagers.When he describes how a football game went and how a dance went, it automatically brings your own memories into your mind. Todd Kessler The storyline is based around a popular 17-year-old high school senior, Natalie, who thinks she has got life figured out, until she meets Keith. Natalie is at first annoyed by her new chemistry class lab partner, but she ultimately falls for him and discovers that Keith is hiding a secret, with tragic results. This movie is similar to Deadline because it both involves a terminally ill teenaged boy that is doing anything possible to reach his dreams. Including getting the girl of his dreams.
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