After being diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia, 18-year-old Ben Wolf elects to forgo treatment and keep his illness secret from his family and friends in an attempt to have a “normal” senior year at his small Idaho high school. Free from long-term consequences, he connects with his crush, frustrates his biased U.S. Government teacher, and tries out for football. However, Ben’s illness slowly exacts its toll on him, and he begins to realize the consequences of keeping his condition hidden.
(I promise you the book cover is NOT upside down. That’s really the way it goes!) This is a book that made me cry, but in the good way. Ben is totally likable and it’s devastating to know that he won’t survive, but what he does with his time left is wonderful and full of hope. Highly recommended. – Jessica, Teen Librarian