Deadline (Crutcher novel)

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AuthorChris Crutcher
CountryUnited States
GenreYoung adult novel
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
Publication date
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages336 pp

Deadline is a young adult novel by young adult writer Chris Crutcher that was published in 2007.[1] The story follows a high school senior named Ben Wolf, who is given one year to live after being diagnosed with a rare, incurable blood disease


Ben Wolf is an 18-year-old high school student from Trout, Idaho. He lives with his father, his mother, who is mentally ill, and his younger brother, Cody, who is a superb football player and attends the same high school as him.

During school one day, Doctor Wagner, the town doctor, diagnoses Ben with a rare, terminal blood disease. Doctor Wagner gives him only about a year to live and recommends that Ben seek treatment in a more urban part of the state. However, rather than following his doctor's advice, Ben decides he must pack “a lifetime of living” into one year and begins making radical changes for his senior year. Despite Doctor Wagner's disapproval, Ben chooses not to tell his parents about his disease. The only people who know about his disease are his doctor and his new therapist, Marla, a young psychologist from Boise.

As sports season begins, Ben decides to go out for football rather than doing cross country, which he has done consistently during his past high school years. At only 123 pounds, Ben is one of the smallest players on the team. The coach of the football team, who Ben maintains a friendly, almost familial relationship with, initially doubts his abilities but agrees to put him on the team nevertheless. In addition to trying out for football, Ben stirs controversy and debate every day in his government class to fight against his conservative, narrow-minded teacher. He also begins visiting the local drunk, Rudy McCoy, to help him clean up his act. Most importantly to Ben, however, he begins a relationship with his long-time crush, Dallas Suzuki.


  1. ^ "NKHS Summer Reading List For 9th Graders". Retrieved 3 January 2018.

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