Book Review: Deadville

Written by Ron Koertge
Published by Candlewick Press
ISBN10: 0763635804
ISBN13: 9780763635800

Review by Linda Yau

Ever since his younger sister died of cancer two years earlier, Ryan has sleepwalked through his life. He hangs out with his slacker-stoner drug-dealing friend, Andy, listening to music, and rebels against his yuppie-ish Middle aged parents. Everything changes though when popular High school senior Charlotte Silano has an accident and is in a coma at the hospital.

She is in a completely different social group standing from Ryan, but somehow he feels compelled to visit her hospital room on a daily basis, long after her popular friends stops visiting. Ryan even embarks on a tentative relationship with Betty, a fellow classmate, who also visits Charlotte.

It is from this experience, that he realizes that the living must move on, and he reinvents himself. Deadville is a narrative young adult novel that has themes of coping with grief and bereavement. This is a snapshot on a particular family that is left behind, in the event of a loved one dying. Any fan of young adult fiction would enjoy this witty and sharp dialogued book.