Author: Lance Rubin
Publication: March 26th 2015, Simon & Schuster Children's UK
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Source: Pinoy Book Tours! (Special thanks again to the lovely Dianne of Oops I Read A Book Again)
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Fans of John Green and Matthew Quick: Get ready to die laughing.
Denton Little's Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For 17-year-old Denton Little, that's tomorrow, the day of his senior prom.Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle (as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend's hostile sister. Though he's not totally sure. See: first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton's long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters…. Suddenly Denton's life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.Debut author Lance Rubin takes us on a fast, furious, and outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager's life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on.
What if you know when your deathdate will be? What if it's the most apparent thing that you have in your life, and let's say you are dying at the age of seventeen? What would you do by then? What will be the thing you'll say and what things will you do that'll be different? And what if there's more to your deathdate than you've actually known.
Denton Little's Deathdate is a quirky little fix of a novel that is too freakin' genius to put down. The story starts with Denton Little waking up in his best friend's house, in his best friend's sister's bed. He doesn't remember what happened to him the night before, and he's thoroughly wasted. And it's also his deathdate. With AstroThanatoGenetics, you'll be able to find out when you will die. And to Denton, it sucks a little, but he is well prepared for it since he was a kid. And with his best friend Paolo dying a month after him, he has to make his deathdate memorable. From not actually breaking up with his girlfriend Tarryn, making the most ridiculous eulogy for himself, sleeping with two girls before his deathdate, knowing that he was never wanted to possibly attracting the attention of the government, Denton Little's deathdate, might just be the craziest day ever... Also coz he's purple all over.
There are very few words I could use to describe Denton Little's Deathdate. Some of them include, amazing, hilariously on point, genius and fecking awesome. I have read a ton of funny books, and Denton is special because of its ability to mix pop culture references with a sort of idea that we've never actually considered. In a sense, it would benefit a person to know when their deathdate is. It's like knowing a product's expiration date so you'd know when they'll be good enough. Or when they say, "best by" on the package. Oh wow, that's just mean. Okay, I take it back, it's freakin' sad. It feels like, all you do is wait for a day that is looming over you, and even if you try to be happy before it actually arrives, shouldn't you live the days with little worry or little care and wait for fate to decide? This is where Denton's dilemma is.
Other than the fact that he has a growing splotch on his body, which he seems to have infected to his girlfriend, his best friend's and his best friend's sister, it seems that there are tons of issues that start to pop up on him, with his dad and his Mom, whom he never actually knew even after his "investigation". And people start popping up like mushrooms here and there, secrets are revealed and on his deathdate, which shouldn't be as exciting. The conflicts that started arising in this story is done with the edge of humor in every single one of them. It was engaging and I truly, madly loved it!
Another amazing note on Denton Little's Deathdate is how the characters jived well together. It was like watching an episode of Modern Family or a really catastrophic group of people in a comedic movie. But other than being funny, the characters are diverse. Not exactly well developed just yet, there's still some mystery to a few of them and some growing up to do that's why I cannot wait for the sequel! Whether Denton meets his death is a mystery, so I'll keep that to your thoughts people. I would say Millie is my favorite character out of all of them, but I seriously adored the siblings Paolo and Veronica, especially Paolo. HAHAHA! He called his Mom "babe". He even thought Denton and him had sex. I can't even. Paolo, you are life!
For a debut author, Lance Rubin is an artisic genius with a knack for blending words, making talks about sex not too awkward but seriously ROFL, teenage mishaps waaay too enjoyable, eulogies rocking my world, and just everything about this book so freakin' wonderful. Probably from all the movies he's watched. He is definitely a new favorite. He's left me with a great separation anxiety, and waiting 10 and a half months is not a healthy way to live... as well as rereading. Seriously, Lance, I take refuge in a few pages or excerpts. There's definitely a lot more to see and find out in the sequel and I cannot freakin' wait.
Denton Little's Deathdate is like a social experiment for people wanting to live their lives, have a YOLO moment if you call it, but it proves that there are things we're still missing out on life and probably preparing for one's deathdate may not be a great way to keep that thought.
About The Author:
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Hey there, I'm Lance Rubin.
After years of being a GoodReads reader, I am delighted to now also be a GoodReads author. My first book, DENTON LITTLE'S DEATHDATE, comes out from Knopf in Spring 2015.
I'm from New Jersey. It's a way better state than people give it credit for. I went to Brown University, and now I live in Brooklyn with my wife and son. They are delightful people.