10 Things to Do Before I Die
- Author: Daniel Ehrenhaft
- Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
- Published: June 2006
- ISBN-10: 0385734069
- ISBN-13: 9780385734066
- Format: Paperback
- Size: 5.25 X 0.75 X 8
- Weight: 0.55 lbs.
- Copyright: 2004
- Subject: JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
Our Price: $7.95
Just after his best friends make a list of things sixteen- year-old Ted should do to live it up, he learns that he has ingested poison and will be dead in twenty-four hours -- which might be enough time to do everything on the list.
Ted Burger, 16 and with "Brillo pad hair," has always played it safe, choosing to experience the wilder sides of teenage-boydom vicariously through his bonkers best friend, Mark. But when he discovers he's been poisoned by a lunatic diner chef and has only 24 hours to live, he enlists the help of Mark and his girlfriend Nikki to dash off a list of brilliantly hair-brained activities he must accomplish before he dies. The trio then embarks on a dizzying New York City roller-coaster ride of booze, rock-and-roll concerts, drunken taxi rides, and a credit-card-stealing prostitute. Believable? Not exactly. Fun? Totally. Ehrenhaft's keen characterizations and teen-speak dialogues ring true, and with so many fabulously taboo plot twists, one would think this could be his one-two punch to Quick Pick stardom. But somehow he caps this shameless and entertaining whirlwind race against time with a syrupy, half-baked, and predictable ending guaranteed to piss off and/or disappoint every teen reader who for 200 pages succumbed to and believed in Ted's full-throttle quest for complete spontaneity. (Fiction. YA) Copyright Kirkus 2004 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
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