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Ben Wolf has big things planned for his senior year. Had big things planned. Now what he has is some very bad news and only one year left to make his mark on the world.

How can a pint-sized, smart-ass seventeen-year-old do anything significant in the nowheresville of Trout, Idaho?

First, Ben makes sure that no one else knows what is going on—not his superstar quarterback brother, Cody, not his parents, not his coach, no one. Next, he decides to become the best 127-pound football player Trout High has ever seen; to give his close-minded civics teacher a daily migraine; and to help the local drunk clean up his act.

And then there's Dallas Suzuki. Amazingly perfect, fascinating Dallas Suzuki, who may or may not give Ben the time of day. Really, she's first on the list.

Living with a secret isn't easy, though, and Ben's resolve begins to crumble . . . especially when he realizes that he isn't the only person in Trout with secrets.

Topics: Family, Grief, and Small Town

Published: HarperCollins on Apr 21, 2009
ISBN: 9780061908316
List price: $6.99
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What would you do if you only had one year to live? Throughout this novel, Ben Wolf is trying to live his life to the fullest after receiving the news from his doctor that he was only going to live one more year.He is the only one who knows of this news, not even his family knows about the fatal news. Ben creates new friendships and hobbies as he tries to have the best last year. I recommend this book to anyone! It is very good!read more
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this book was great. It was a bit slow in the beginning, at least to me. It was not what I expected. The author managed to present Ben with a comedic and heartwarming way. Ben is a fighter, even to the end. You will probably learn a bit from him too. I know I did. He was inspiring and definitely a character I won't forget. There are quite a few football references, but don't let that stop you. overall, I recommend this book to anyone who doesn't mind tearing up a bit, someone who want's a hint of inspiration. READ IT! :)read more
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This book was great. The writing is sharp. While the story could be a depressing march to the end of Ben's life instead it's full of humor and probing questions as the main character stuggles to decide the best way to handle his situation. The author writes in a manner that treats his target audience with respect, recognizing that difficult, sometimes awful, things happen to people of all ages, giving them a well written story that presented in a manner that is not condescending or candy coated.read more
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What would you do if you only had one year to live? Throughout this novel, Ben Wolf is trying to live his life to the fullest after receiving the news from his doctor that he was only going to live one more year.He is the only one who knows of this news, not even his family knows about the fatal news. Ben creates new friendships and hobbies as he tries to have the best last year. I recommend this book to anyone! It is very good!
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this book was great. It was a bit slow in the beginning, at least to me. It was not what I expected. The author managed to present Ben with a comedic and heartwarming way. Ben is a fighter, even to the end. You will probably learn a bit from him too. I know I did. He was inspiring and definitely a character I won't forget. There are quite a few football references, but don't let that stop you. overall, I recommend this book to anyone who doesn't mind tearing up a bit, someone who want's a hint of inspiration. READ IT! :)
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This book was great. The writing is sharp. While the story could be a depressing march to the end of Ben's life instead it's full of humor and probing questions as the main character stuggles to decide the best way to handle his situation. The author writes in a manner that treats his target audience with respect, recognizing that difficult, sometimes awful, things happen to people of all ages, giving them a well written story that presented in a manner that is not condescending or candy coated.
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Given one year to live, Ben decides to live his senior year to it's fullest.This is a beautiful and life affirming story of a young man and how he changes his life when faced with his death.
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Crutcher has packed a lot of depth and ideas into this book. At the core are ideas about death and dying but the story is really about living and how we chose to live our lives. The old adage “plan as if you were to live for ever but live as if today may be your last” is ultimately what I took away from this book. As a book study it would spark a lot of great discussion with high school students.
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I really liked this book. The main character was funny and sarcastic and I liked his personality. I thought the book had a really interesting plot also and it made you think about life. There were a lot of twists in the book that made me not want to put it down.
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