L is last days before Denton Little’s Deathdate, by Lance Rubin (book review)

US book cover of Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

US cover

Self-eulogy? ready.
Amazing last wishes completed? almost.
Ready to die tomorrow? um….

Yep, in the future, genetic testing lets (almost) everyone know their exact deathdate – but not how they’ll die. So imagine sitting around with family and friends on that last day… why was Prom scheduled for that night?

Of course, Denton still has some teen boy milestones that he wants to pass before he passes on (wink).

But what about the weird guy who says he knew Mom, who delivered Denton on the day she died, warns him to trust no one?

Happy book birthday to Denton Little’s Deathdate – in the US, that is. It was released in the United Kingdom on March 26, with a different cover. Which one do you prefer?

UK book cover of Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin

UK cover

If you knew your deathdate, what would you do differently in the months and days beforehand?

Book info: Denton Little’s Deathdate / Lance Rubin. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2015.  [author’s tumblr]  [publisher site]  [book trailer] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher via Edelweiss.

My book talk: As purple slowly covers his body, Denton tries to be the best best friend ever, lose his virginity, and not freak out his family on the day he will die (hey, it’s on Mom’s calendar).

It’s okay knowing your deathdate in advance, but the DNA analysis can’t say exactly how you’ll go.

His funeral went well enough, although the high school senior was too honest about some people in his self-eulogy (left the speech at home…oops) and that weird guy showed up saying that he knew Denton’s real mom and to trust no one.

Trying to remember why he woke up in his best friend’s sister’s bedroom, to get past third base with his girlfriend Taryn, to avoid the local cop who is grandfather of guy that Denton insulted at the funeral – this is some crazy last day!

But this purple splotch on his leg that’s creeping up his body all day? Very strange.
Best friend’s mom having a file on Denton in her schoolwork drawer?  Confusing.
The letter from his mom who died the day Denton was born? Whoa…

From the peach schnapps encounter to the misspelled death threat note, Denton’s last two days of existence on this earth don’t go exactly the way he’d planned! (One of 6,000 books recommended on www.abookandahug.com)

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