Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin
Where did I get it?- The school library
Synopsis: Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. For Denton, that’s in just two days—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.
This book was okay. The main character, Denton, was tolerable, and there were a few aspects to this book that I really enjoyed: Denton’s overprotective stepmom, Horrible GrandadCop, Denton’s weird best friend and even Denton’s self eulogy.
The plot was generally well thought out and developed. Starting about a day or so before his death date, Denton’s life suddenly becomes a whole lot more exciting as he races to find out about his mother and the purple rash that is slowly spreading across his body.
For me, the humour in this book was basically kept me from putting it down. The topic of death, was handled well, however, and I loved the way that everyone attended their own funerals and wrote their own eulogies!
There were several moments in the book where I felt like shouting at the stupid decisions that Denton made, but I realise that without his awful sense of judgement, I probably wouldn’t have laughed half as much as I did.
All in all, this book was a quick read, that made me laugh pretty much all the way through-(much to the confusion of my classmates and family!)