Denton Little’s Deathdate
Written By: Lance Rubin
What if you knew the exact day they were going to die?
A funeral is held the day before your death so you can listen to the eulogies, you even say your own eulogy to all of the friends and family that show up to your funeral. Then, starting at midnight, your Sitting begins. For the next 24 hours all you can do is wait for your inevitable death. Maybe you will be hit by a car, maybe you’ll be murdered – who knows? The next 24 hours leave you open for anything, all you know for sure it you won’t make it through to the next day.
In Lance Rubin’s book, this ‘what it’ situation is brought to life. “Denton Little’s Deathdate” follows the story of Denton Little, a high school boy that is meeting an unusually early death date – tomorrow. The reader follows Denton as he thinks of how he’s been living his too-short life and if he’s really been living it to the fullest potential. As his deathdate comes closer to an end and more truths begin to unravel, Denton realizes he may not be dying as soon as he thought.
Overall, I have no complaints about Rubin’s book. He had a simple, but charming writing style that seemed to emphasize Denton’s young age. His writing style was fun and energetic, and even in some of the darker moments in the book Rubin still brought humor and lightheartedness.
Rubin also did a great job of capturing the voice of teenagers through his characters – since they all had a different outlook on life and way of speaking. This actually ended up being one of the most compelling parts of the book for me. Not only did each character hold their own, each teenager was individualized. Too many authors put an umbrella over their teenage and young-adult characters that limits them to the stereotypical slang and childish actions typically associated with teenagers, but instead of limiting his characters to that umbrella, Rubin gave every character identifiable traits and personalities that made them predictable, or in some of their cases, even more unpredictable.
Characters like Paolo and Denton’s stepmother brought more dimension to the book since they were such out-of-the box characters. Rubin understands the importance of creating secondary characters that move the story along and bring something valuable to the plot without making them so important they overshadow Denton and his primary mission in the book.
“Denton Little’s Deathdate” could probably reach across to most audiences – it has humor, conspiracy, thrills and so much more in only 342 pages. Without a doubt, Rubin offered up a great book, and I look forward to following Denton as he continues his adventure in the next book in the series.