Ron Koertge’s Deadville begins with the main character, Ryan, getting high with his best friend Andy. Ryan loses himself in drugs and music so that he can forget about the death of his little sister Molly and his current life at home.
When popular girl Charlotte falls off her horse and ends up in a coma, Ryan begins to visit her at the hospital. The two weren’t friends, but Ryan knows what it’s like to be all alone in a stark hospital room. Ryan just wants Charlotte to have someone there, even if she’s not really aware of it.
Through his visits, Ryan begins to heal himself. He realizes that there’s more to life than getting wasted and fighting. Ryan begins to reinvent himself as someone his little sister would be proud to call her brother.
To be perfectly honest, I’m not a huge fan of this book. It took me a long while to get into it, and, though it was a fast read, it really didn’t hold my interest very well. That being said, I think people who are looking for ways to deal with grief may relate to some things in this book. Deadville does have it’s place in young adult literature.