Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin

February 17, 2015 Review 0 ★★★★

Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance RubinDenton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin
Published by Random House Children's on 14th April 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Humour, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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.


Denton Little’s Deathdate is different. Yes, it’s about death, but don’t let that put you off. It’s also quirky and funny as hell and never have I laughed so much about what should be such a morbid topic. I have no idea where I first saw or heard about this book but I thank the universe for bringing it to my attention because Lance Rubin has talent!

Denton lives in modern-day America. Everything is like it should be in modern-day America, except for one HUGE difference. Everyone knows the EXACT DATE that they’re going to DIE! How weird would that be?! Genetic science has advanced to such a point that a person’s death date can be calculated soon after their birth. Denton’s death date is looming, it’s due to happen the day after the story starts and preparations are in full swing. But then strange things start to happen and suddenly not everything about Denton’s death is cut and dry.

I loved how there were so many elements to this story. There was a romance (of sorts), there was a mystery weaved in, there was suspense, and there was humour…by the bucket load! What I really loved out Denton Little’s Deathdate, though, was how his family and friends rallied around him, always looking out for him and always on his side. I liked that message, a lot.

I am really hoping for more from Lance Rubin and the characters in this quirky book, and I’m hoping for it soon. I have soooooo many questions that I need answering because of that ending, gah!


“I don’t care about two guys doing it,” Veronica says from her spot, hovering over the toilet. “It’s you guys doing it. It’s me and my brother doing the same guy on the same night.” She dry heaves.
Though I’m 99.99 percent sure it didn’t happen, I suddenly feel nauseous, too. “Move over,” I say as I crouch above the toilet next to Veronica.

“Paulo and I … That never happened. He probably just rubbed his face on my ball towel yesterday or something.”

“Look,” Brian says. “At the end of the day, I’m primarily a gynecologist. If you don’t have a vagina, there’s gonna be a limit to what I can do.”

About Lance Rubin

Hey there, I’m Lance Rubin.

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.

Before I became an author, I was primarily an actor. “Anything I’d recognize you from?” you might ask. Probably not, unless you watched the short-lived NBC hospital show MERCY, in which I guest-starred as a patient with a naked sleepwalking problem.

By my late 20’s, the acting business was making me sad, so I started to focus more on writing.

Now I’m primarily a writer and it makes me incredibly happy.

My first book, DENTON LITTLE’S DEATHDATE, comes out from Knopf in Spring 2015.

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