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The Wrap-Up List

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In this modern-day suburban town, one percent of all fatalities come about in the most peculiar way. Deaths—eight-foot-tall, silver-gray creatures—send a letter (“Dear So-and-So, your days are numbered”) to whomever is chosen for a departure, telling them to wrap up their lives and do the things they always wanted to do before they have to “depart.” When sixteen-year-old G ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Jan 25, 2016 Morgan rated it it was amazing
"The Wrap-Up List" by Steven Arntson is a mysterious book that goes through a week in Gabriela Rivera's life. But it wasn't just any ordinary week. In fact, Gabriela gets a letter that she is going to die from a creature called a death. The proper word for "die" would actually be "depart" in their reality though. In this book, the reality of the world is different. People get picked at random usually to be departed, and Gabriela was part of the 1% of society that got chosen. Gabriela goes throug ...more
Jan 08, 2013 Liviania rated it really liked it
I loved the premise of THE WRAP-UP LIST, even as I fretted that the novel would leave me in tears. In Gabriela Riviera's world, one percent of all fatalities are due to Departures. You receive a red envelope warning you you're about to depart and you then have a short time to put your affairs in order and try to earn a Pardon. Gabriela just received an envelope and has one week to get a first kiss for herself and her three best friends: Iris, Raahi, and Sarena.

There are other ways Gabriela's wor
Feb 20, 2013 Sonia rated it really liked it
Steven Arntson skillfully manoeuvres the topics of death and friendship in this relatively light-hearted supernatural read.

Gabriela has received notification that she is going to "depart" (die) in one week. Before this happens, she has been generously provided the opportunity to write up a list of the things she hopes to accomplish before her death and hopefully figure out a way to escape it. Gabriela's voice shines in this first-person novel with sharp wit and dark humour.

Despite the morbid con
Lauren Guenthardt
I would rate this book 5 stars because I could relate to a lot of it. This book showed how 16 year old Gabriela works through her departure note (a notice that she is dying in 7 days) and tries to get a pardon so she doesn't have to depart. Gabby also asks for her and her friends to receive their first kisses. Gabriela was an interesting character because she never gave up on what she wanted to do.
Brandi Young
Such an amazingly thoughtful and out of the box story about death and departing from this world. The cast of characters are so diverse and well thought out. I love how cunning, caring and selfless Gabby is. A must read.
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
The Wrap-up List features a cast of diverse and fun to read about characters. They feature diversity in their backgrounds, religious preferences, race, and in their sexual identities, but it features a beautiful friendship.
Gabriela is the main character, and she receives a letter from Death, a magical type creature that escorts you basically to the afterlife, telling her that she has a week to live. She can make requests and she can be given a hint about Death's weakness in order to grant a pa
Katie H
Nov 27, 2014 Katie H rated it it was amazing
The book The Wrap Up List by Steven Arntson is about a girl named Gabriela who is 16. Her country is about to go to war, and her friend Raahi has just gotten a draft letter, and all of their friends: Ivy, Sarena, and Gabriela herself, are all upset about it. But when Gabriela receives a letter from a Death, Hercule, she finds she only has a week left to live, and she knows she has to get a pardon. Each Death has a Noble Weakness. If the receiver of the Death letter finds out their Death's Noble ...more
Anjelynt Lor
Mar 15, 2015 Anjelynt Lor rated it really liked it
I think this book was pretty okay. I find this book depressing how Gabriela is only 16 years old and she's getting departure. I mean who would want to leave the world at such a young age when they've only spent like 16 years living? It's even more depressing because the guy that Gabriela wanted to kiss was departure too and was departure before her.

When the summary on the back of the book said "Gabriela's Death has a secret weakness. If Gabriela can figure out, she might be able to trick him in
My Summary: Gabby has always been a good girl. She loves her parents and her friends and she never gets into trouble, spending most of her free time at church or at home doing schoolwork. She is barely sixteen and she knows she has her entire life ahead of her.

Until she receives the letter: a bright red envelope with nothing on it but her name, Gabby knows what this means - she's been chosen for departure.

Now, with only a week left to cross off everything on her 'wrap-up list', Gabby must get he
Jan 06, 2014 Dora rated it did not like it
The book has an interesting premise: set in some futuristic society, perhaps, a certain subset of population has been deemed as "departed" and gets notified that their time in "up" and they have a week left to live. Ergo, each person gets to meet their "grim reaper" and provide a "wrap-up list" (kind of like a bucket list, presumably.)
Instead of what could have been a really interesting look at how people (in this case, a teenage girl) decided to spend their final week and all the emotions and a
Jasmine Rose
Jan 12, 2014 Jasmine Rose rated it it was amazing
I never thought I'd find such a wonderful story hidden behind this unassuming cover and strange description, but there it sits, nonetheless.

I would describe Arnston's writing as uncluttered. He doesn't use extravagant descriptions or take more time than necessary to get the point across and it works splendidly. Often times, this kind of approach creates a disjointed story that doesn't pull you in, but that isn't the case with The Wrap-Up List. The writing makes all the emotions more palpable and
May 09, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
About 1% of all deaths are labeled as departures. A departure is when a Death (supernatural type being) sends you a letter stating that you have been scheduled for departure. We meet Gabby and her group of friends as they rush over to see if The Singing Man is departing. Unfortunately, he is, and this is when we learn about departures. Deaths seem to walk around humans, but they are a little different. They are super tall and silvery with gills. This doesn't stop them from having their o
Feb 11, 2013 Dodie rated it it was amazing
I waited until I had extended reading time on a pool/beach vacation, and brought this along. I really enjoyed The Wrap-Up List's snarky, intelligent and quirky story and voice, and the unique storyline. I just got a finished copy today, and when I saw the covers, which feature post office boxes (yes, those old style brass and window and spin lock things), I was reminded all over again how much I loved this book.

Bummer for Gabriela for her Death to visit her and give the one week warning when sh
Jan 26, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
DEATH is my favorite character in all of Discworld, and the Deaths imagined here by Arnston are pretty great! In this proximate future version of America (well, the world, really) people die, but some "depart" following letters received from a Death. Gabrielle is one such person - Hercule sends her a letter suggesting a week from Wednesday as her departure date. The established protocol is to write a wrap-up list, similar to a bucket list but with a definite time frame in mind. The Death will re ...more
The Wrap-Up List has basically the same premise as Shaun Hutchinson's 2010 novel, The Deathday Letter, which is that sometimes people get letters telling them they are going to die, and the main character is one of those people. Steven Arntson takes this in a completely different direction though, one that is lighter, younger, less serious, and less funny. *not that there's anything wrong with that.*

The Wrap-Up List is a cute story that is easy to recommend to younger YA readers. It dances on th
Feb 07, 2013 Mara rated it it was amazing
A unique and original story makes this YA a must read! Some of the description at the beginning felt clunky, but the book gets better and better with each page. Gabriela is a great character, and I loved how her Catholic upbringing was weaved throughout-- you don't see many religious families in YA (and it feels like when you do, the devout are evil, in some way). Faith and religion are presented in a nuanced, realistic way. Hercule was also fascinating as one of the Deaths. Lots of twists that ...more
Mar 07, 2013 April rated it really liked it
Perhaps I am morbid, but I really enjoy reading books that take on the subject matter of death. I especially like it when young adult books talk about that subject matter, as for many young people, death does seem outside the realm of possibility when you have your whole life ahead of you. Thus, The Wrap-Up List by Steven Arntson caught my attention with it’s gritty topics, yet Arntson handles death with a light touch and writes a story that is both touching and funny.
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Dec 31, 2015 R.K. rated it it was amazing
Oh, I loved this. If DEAD LIKE ME and HOW I LIVE NOW had a baby, it would look something like this book. Fun, quirky, bittersweet, and sad, THE WRAP-UP LIST also features a highly racially-diverse cast with a prominent queer supporting character. This was a fast read but a refreshing one, considering how cookie-cutter some of my recent reads have been. This seems to be a tragically-overlooked YA, and I'd recommend this to just about anyone who likes that off-the-wall, vaguely-fantastical kind of ...more
Sep 13, 2014 Jenna rated it really liked it
I read this book in one sitting. It is bright, thoughtful, beautifully distilled and wonderfully compelling.
Sarah Mae
Oct 05, 2012 Sarah Mae rated it it was ok
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Gabriela is sweet sixteen and never been kissed but now she only has one week to live. She has been chosen for departure. Her wrap-up list includes first kisses for herself and her three best friends and, most importantly, a pardon. If she finds out her Death's secret weakness, she will be pardoned and allowed to return to her life.

This magical-realistic tale does not really give explanations for why the world is the way that it is. Nor does it really explain Deaths and Departures. I was left wo
Mar 18, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing
The I am reading is The Wrap Up List. This is a wonderful story it is my first time reading a fantasy book.It all really how it started it’s about a girl who recieved a lettler and said that she has a week to live the rest you will have to read to find out. This book has tons of twists in the book like her country is going to war. Gabriela has everything planned out before she dies ,one of them was to have her first kiss,now she is trying to accomplish everything on her list. What I also love th ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Cristians rated it really liked it
Gabriela gets a letter saying that she has a week to live so she creates a wrap up list ( a list of things that she wants to do before she dies) . In this list has thing not only benefiting her but it also has some things her friend would like to get. As she figures out the puzzle piece by piece she gets distracted by her emotions for Sylvester Hale she loses time but gets info about her death. More and more obstacles get in her way but she gets through them until she goes crazy and does somethi ...more
Pop Bop
Aug 17, 2014 Pop Bop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A Deeply Cool and Very Entertaining Book

You really don't expect a book to be raucous, funny, thoughtful, touching, fantastic and cleverly plotted, all in equal measure, but this book certainly is.

We start with a great premise. In this slightly alternate world people are selected at random to be visited by death because one per cent of all fatalities must occur as a result of this death process. No one knows why, but everyone accepts this as the natural order of things. (Is this a metaphor for a
Aug 11, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it
What an enjoyable, quirky read! At first I thought that this book would mainly be about teenagers finding romance but I was wrong. While there was an aspect of the book since that was what she put on her wrap-up list, this book was about so much more. We really get to know Gabriela and watch her grow up and try to figure out what Death's weakness is. I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen to Gabriela on her departure day. There are moments that are laugh out loud funny. Ga ...more
Angela C
Jul 13, 2014 Angela C rated it liked it
(Actual rating: 2.5 stars)

The Wrap-Up List is a weird combination of slapstick humor and the weighty subjects of death, war, and racism. Arntson’s endeavor to write a story that’s both funny and touching is an admirable one, but it’s not entirely successful.

I think the story would have been worked better if it committed to being either comedy or drama instead of trying to be both. Individually, the scenes are great – the funny moments literally made me laugh out loud, and the serious parts moved
Alissa Bach
This one has been on my to-read list for a while now (it was recommend to me...last Summer, I think) and I just now got around to it. Glad I finally did. A very quick read. Not even 200 pages. But deep despite its brevity. The Wrap-Up List explored such intense topics as friendship, family, morality, life, death, and what happens afterward. It was unique and enjoyable.

There's a war on, and, because deaths are increasing, departures are also increasing. Departures are when a person is selected at
Sami C
Oct 26, 2014 Sami C rated it liked it
Shelves: oyster
Interesting plot. Not sure which decade this was set in because it seemed like it was in the 80s, but also not.

Gabriela Rivera receives a letter from a Death, Hercule, informing her she is to depart in a week. Departures make up 1% of fatalities in the world. Yes, this book has a slight fantasy twist to it. She creates a sort of immature wrap up list that consists of her wishing for first kisses for her virginal friends and herself, and a pardon from death.

To be honest, I got a little lost and c
Lex N.
Sep 30, 2014 Lex N. rated it it was amazing
Gabriela receives her departure letter at age sixteen, and she has a week to wrap-up her life goals. But there is one way to cheat death: a pardon. Gabby and her friends will stop at nothing to get one for her.
I personally really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh out load, and it made me cry. It is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. It really touched me. I would recommend this book to any boom lover, as it has little sprinkles of everything.
Diane Ferbrache
Mar 17, 2014 Diane Ferbrache rated it it was ok
A strange little book -- in Gabriela's world, everyone goes about their lives waiting until they get a letter from a Death (there are apparently several of them). At that point, everyone makes a "wrap-up list" (think - Bucket List) and prays for a 'pardon' until the day they are escorted into the afterlife.

I was a bit confused by this book. Sometimes it's a coming of age story of teens just trying to figure out their purpose in life. Sometimes it's a moral tale about love, wishes and life's purp
Nov 01, 2015 Allison rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, since a dear student insisted I read it. But I didn't. There were just too many loose and wandering pieces. I kept thinking of it as a stew made of incompatible ingredients.

It had a strange and unresolved mix of traditional religion (which slipped off about halfway through) and supernatural. Too many times the conceived supernatural world broke its own rules, whiplashing me back from my suspension of disbelief. A part that exemplified this was when Death has to
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