Deadville by Ron Koertge

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Ron Koertge's spot-on repartee highlights the wry, poignant tale of a teen who is numbed by loss but finds an unusual route to reclaiming his life.

Listening to music 24/7. Hanging out with his slacker-stoner friend, Andy. Basically, Ryan's been sleepwalking through life since his younger sister died of cancer two years ago. But when Charlotte Silano — a gorgeous, popular senior way out of his league — has a riding accident and falls into a coma, Ryan finds himself drawn to her hospital room almost every day, long after her friends stop coming around. And oddly enough, Ryan seems to be slowly snapping out of his own brand of coma — working out at the gym, adopting a cool vintage hat, even easing into a relationship with Betty, a classmate who has her own reasons for visiting Charlotte. With his incisive humor and quick-fire repartee, Ron Koertge explores the unpredictable workings of grief and the healing power of self-reinvention.

About Ron Koertge

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Ron Koertge is the author of many celebrated novels, including STRAYS, MARGAUX WITH AN X, STONER AND SPAZ, THE ARIZONA KID, WHERE THE KISSING NEVER STOPS, SHAKESPEARE BATS CLEANUP, and THE BRIMSTONE JOURNALS. He lives in South Pasadena, California.
Published October 14, 2008 by Candlewick. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult. Fiction

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Slowly, Ryan comes to terms with his grief and, with help from Betty, the girl he begins dating, Ryan triumphantly re-emerges into the land of the living.

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The time he spends with her – and the resulting relationship he forms with Betty, another of Charlotte’s visitors – becomes the catalyst propelling Ryan into finally dealing with the death of his sister.

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