Deadline by Chris Crutcher (2007)
Just before his senior year in high school, Ben Wolf is diagnosed with a rare blood disease, and told that he has only about a year to live. Since he’s 18, he decides not to tell anyone, including family or friends, and declines medical treatment, so that he can have a “normal” senior year. Ben also wants to pack as much as possible into his remaining life. He spends the year reading voraciously; joins the football team despite his very small stature; constantly questions and pushes his “close-minded” civics teacher so he could get the most from his education; befriends the reclusive town drunk; and dates the girl he’s always had a crush on.
This book is filled with sarcastic humor, thought-provoking issues, references to interesting books, and many memorable characters. Ben leaves us with a message to enjoy life to the fullest every single day…live like you were dying!