Dear Chris Crutcher,
Your books always take me on an emotional ride when I read them. Your book Deadline was no exception. The main character has inspired me to challenge myself in school work. I also have patterned parts of my life after him. I took life for granted and now I take it head on knowing that tomorrow is not set in stone. Only today is promised.
When I read your book, I could see myself as the main character throughout the book. I asked myself if I were to die at the end of my high school career what would I do? I would really try to make the world better and try to do really good in school the last year. The only think I would do differently would be I would tell someone about what’s happening to me earlier. Then when I died it would be a big mystery to some people. It doesn’t matter if I tell them sooner or later they would notice and start wondering.
I also wonder about what happened when we are dying and what comes after. This book gives me a view of what dying is like. It is my new view on death. When you don’t have to give up or get treatment but you just have to be strong and be surrounded by people that care about you in some why.
The main character’s brother somewhat reminds me of my little sister. She always encourages me and we work so great together. She also wants me to be happy and worries about me all the time. I really care about her and if I died and she didn’t know about it, she would cry for the rest of her life and she would be mad at me for not telling her.
I have read a lot of your books and fell in love with them too. I related to all of them in different ways. I have tried to write myself, but I always get stuck. I can’t seem to find a good plot line or good characters. Do you have any pointers for a beginning writer? You’re books are what I go to for inspiration and I connect, but when I try to write it just doesn’t come out right. I drew a picture book once, but I think that a little different that the whole writing part of books.
I haven’t seen the movie Angus but I have read the short story. I hope you make the book Deadline in to a movie; I would definitely go see it. You are amazing and inspirational. By the way you came to my library, the Spencer public library, earlier this year. Your background shocked me. You being a counselor must help writing your books in some way. Thank you for coming and talking, I was really touched by the story of the little girl crashing the cars together. I now am in love with your books and just can’t put them down.