Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin
Series: Denton Little #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published on April 14th 2015
Genres: Comedy, Dark Comedy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
Quick-Fire Summary: A Quirky & Unique Dark Comedy With A Twist: An enjoyable read filled with humor and an entertaining cast of characters.
What I Loved:
I’m a sucker for a story with a male POV, and I loved reading this story through the eyes of Denton Little. He’s a little nerdy, a little awkward, and a whole lot of funny. He’s a relatable character with some really endearing qualities that will have you invested in turning the page.
I loved the author’s writing style in this book. This story was well-balanced and consistent, and I enjoyed that it didn’t come across as just another ‘cookie-cutter’ unapologetic Dark Comedy. I loved that there was an added element of mystery, and even at times, a little suspense.There are plenty of twists that you may or may not see coming, but I came to appreciate the fact that the plot kept me on my toes. (Not to mention, the ending was shocking! Can I have book two now, please?)
What Fell Short:
Though this book was entertaining from beginning to end, I found that the romantic element was the only bit that left me wanting more. The connection between Denton’s potential love interest(s) left a little to be desired. His romantic relationships/interactions didn’t always feel as organic as his platonic and familial ones did. However, considering the fact that this book isn’t a contemporary romance, my issue over the slight lack of romantic chemistry didn’t deter me from enjoying the story.
Denton Little’s Deathdate is laced with humor and absurdity, and somehow still manages to hit you right in the feels. I can’t wait for the second book!
P.S.–>This book is perfect for fans of Andrew Smith or Corey Whaley.
**This review was originally posted over at YA Books Central.**