10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE I DIE by Daniel Ehrenhaft

10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE I DIE

Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

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)

Pub Date: Nov. 9th, 2004
ISBN: 0-385-73007-1
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2004




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