Koertge, Ron. Deadville.

Author:Flint-Ferguson, Janis
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

KOERTGE, Ron. Deadville. Candlewick. 224p. c2008. 978-0-7836-3580-0. $16.99. S

Ryan Glazier is dead--not literally, but figuratively dead to the world of responsibility, schoolwork, and anything that might imply a normal life. The only thing he knows are the drugs he takes. Everyone knows Andy, Ryan's drug dealer, and so by association, they know Ryan, who hangs around with Andy. Charlotte Silano is one of the most popular girls in the high school. She has a horrific accident that lands her in the hospital in a coma. For some reason that Ryan can barely articulate, he and Andy go to the hospital with many of Charlotte's classmates. For Ryan, this is a major step: he has a strong aversion to the hospital because of a family tragedy. But now that he has visited Charlotte, he feels he owes it to her to visit on a regular basis...

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