Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The Boy Who Couldn't Die by William Sleator

THE BOY WHO COULDN'T DIE was about a boy whose friend died in an airplane crash. Ever since then, this boy, Ken, is terrified of dying. When he finds an ad in the local newspaper that simply says "Escape from Death," Ken has to go. He meets the crazy Cheri Buttercup, who claims that she can make Ken invulnerable from pain and death for the unbelievable price of fifty dollars. And it actually works. Ken can't get beaten up , burned, or cut. Even the sharks in the Caribbean where Ken goes for a family vacation can't harm him.

But there's a downside to being immortal, for Cherii Buttercup now controls him. In his dreams, his spirit is set loose on a killing rampage. Cheri can force Ken to do anything, as long as she has his spirit. And no one can stop Ken from doing these things, not even hmself.

I really liked this book because it was very suspenseful. It was filled with twists and turns that you would never expect to happen. I think that the message that the book really illustrates is that it is better to know everything about something, than something about everything. -Ashlyn T

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