Ben Wolf is going to die. In the summer before his senior year of high school, Ben is told by his doctor that he has a rare blood disease and will probably not survive longer than a year. Against his doctor’s wishes, Ben chooses to not tell his parents and skips any sort of treatment. Instead, Ben decides that he will live his last year of his life to the fullest. In fact, he chooses to live an entire lifetime in one year and make a true mark on the world. Trading in his running shoes, Ben goes out for the football team; no small feat, given that he is about 120 pounds. On the football field he is able to deepen a bond with his brother, Cody, and gain the respect of his coach. He also finally gets the courage to go after his crush, Dallas. By leaving all his fears behind and living like he has nothing left to lose, Ben finds that the world is a place he does not want to leave.
Crutcher writes in his usual voice: sarcastic, witty, realistic. The subject is honest, sad, and thought-provoking. One of his absolute best! Through realistic characters and incorporating his love of sports, Crutcher’s writing is easy to connect with. If this is your first book of Crutcher’s, try some of his other best works including: Chinese Handcuffs, Ironman, and Whale Talk.