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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 takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. For Denton, that’s in just two days—the day of his senior prom.
 
Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted
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Hardcover, 346 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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C.G. Drews
This book is the pinnacle of gallows humour. And do I like it? HECK YES I DO. I died laughing reading this. (Har, haaaar, har. Okay, what? I'm allowed to put in lame puns. IT IS MY RIGHT.) Anyway. I laughed a lot. This book is seriously funny. There were some moments I even closed my eyes I was giggling so hard. How is it possible for a book to be this darn hilarious?!! But you've got to read it knowing it's totally insensitive and ridiculous. Whatever you do: DO NOT go into reading this if talk ...more
Evie
Welcome to the world where people get to attend their own funerals because, thanks to AstroThanatoGenetics, they know precisely when they're going to die.

This is the story of Denton Little, a teenage boy whose deathdate falls on the day of senior prom. We meet Denton on the day of his funeral (the day before his deathdate, because the funerals are now attended by the soon-to-be-dead people), and together with him, his best friend, Paolo, his girlfriend, Taryn, and Paolo's older sister, Veronic
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Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
Reading Denton Little's Deathdate is such a wild ride. A little weird but a lot of fun. Anyways, who doesn't like weird!? I'm personally up for anything weird whether its on what I read or even in real life. But what's the best about Denton Little's Deathdate is that its the kind of weird that makes you laugh and think!

Being inside of Denton's head is definitely a blast and even though not everything went smooth sailing, I still enjoyed the whole book and half of the reason is Denton's humorou
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Il Cibo della Mente - Pamela
Cioè, ok. Boh. La settimana scorsa Il Dominio del Fuoco, ora questo. Cos'ho appena finito di leggere?! C-O-S-A?! Non lo so, non riesco ad esprimermi. Quando un libro mi piace così tanto il delirio fangirlante si impossessa di me e qualsiasi parola sembra inadeguata. Diverso, esilarante, unico, scritto divinamente... ecco. Basta, non so cos'altro dire a parte che HO ADORATO QUESTO ROMANZO e l'ho divorato in pochissime ore... di solito io sono lenta come un bradipo a leggere, ma ci sono libri che ...more
Laura Evlolle
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, 4-stars
4,5 Sterne!
Richtig richtig cooles Buch mit sehr witzigen und liebenswerten Charakteren! :)
Lacaparouja Claudia
Non sono proprio 4 stelle, non piene, insomma.
Mi è piaciuto, ho apprezzato e mi ha preso molto. Non so perché, però, in analisi finale, mi sembra che manchi qualcosa. Al momento è difficile dire se sia per la traduzione o per il fatto che c'è molto in sospeso, ma ho avuto questa impressione.
In ogni caso, l'idea è ottima ed anche il ritmo incalzante si adatta alla trama.
Un romanzo basato su due giorni che lasciano col fiato sospeso.
Kelly Jones
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You know, there are just not enough funny books about death.

High school senior Denton Little knows he'll die tomorrow; the data people can narrow that down for almost everyone to a 24-hr period. But will he die before prom, or after? What should he spend his last few hours on? What about all those things he never got around to saying, or doing? And why is everyone suddenly acting so much weirder than normal?

What begins as a fairly straightforward what-if premise morphs structure and develops la
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Claire (Book Blog Bird)
This book is a hard one to rate. There were aspects of it that I thought were really awesome. Really cool and original and well-executed. There were also bits that I thought weren’t so great and just didn’t work.

The writing style was brilliant. The book skipped along in a really fun way and the author had a nice lighthearted touch, which is quite something considering the book is about Denton’s impending death! There was a lot of dialogue - I don’t know anything about the author, but maybe he’s
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Kristina Horner
This book was okay, just surprisingly meh for a story advertised so much as a comedy. The mystery element didn't carry me enough through an ultimately boring final day of this kids supposed life, the language was written in such a casual tone it just felt juvenile (way too much slang and use of the word "like") and it took me forever to read it because I was so underwhelmed. Disappointing, because the premise seemed so interesting.

I also wish it answered more of my questions. I worked out what
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Valentina Panzetta
Datemi il secondo, ORA!
Mi dispiace aver pensato "questo libro è noiosissimo" all'inizio ma è così. Non ci trovavo nulla di interessante. Ma continuando la lettura l'ho trovato sempre più coinvolgente e l'ho finito in meno di 2 ore, e credetemi io sono lentissima di solito. È divertente e arrivi ad un certo punto della lettura che vuoi sapere sempre di più e così arrivi all'ultima pagina e pensi: E ora? Quindi io ora dico: E ORA?!?!
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I know I am not the only one who ALWAYS says Denton's Little Deathdate. Right??? Anyways  . . .

The whole story follows Denton Little on his deathdate. Because in this world everyone knows when they will die, that person attends their own funeral and then you wait to die. I will say this book kind of went in a different direction than what I thought, especially towards the end but I liked it.

This was really a fun and funny book. I super appreciated the humor in this one. I mean it is abou
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Vi siete mai chiesti come sarebbe vivere conoscendo la data esatta della propria morte?
Tranquilli ragazzi, non sto cercando di intavolare una conversazione macabra e morbosa sulla morte, ma vi faccio questa domanda perchè nel mondo di Denton Little la data di morte è certa e conosciuta fin dalla nascita.
Tutti sanno quando passeranno a miglior vita grazie ai passi da gigante compiuti dalla scienza che tramite un sap
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Federica - L'Ennesimo Book Blog
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Nel mondo di Denton Little, sin dal momento della tua nascita, ti viene comunicata la data della tua morte. È una data certa, impossibile scappare, anche se la causa della morte è assolutamente sconosciuta. Denton è un Prematuro, destinato a morire ancora minorenne, nel giorno del ballo scolastico. Non sa in che modo, ma da tempo si sta preparando alla sua Morte.

Da quando sono nato, tutti sanno che domani morirò. Quasi tutti, a questo mondo, conoscono la p
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Maria
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like this book so much. There are interesting and unusual characters and plot.

I will explain. Imagine a world in which everything is exactly the same as in our world, except for one thing. People know the exact day of their death. It is called Deathdate.
The protagonist know that he must die in Prom day (it sucks, doesn't it?).
But he did not want to die.
And he makes a very lousy things (like the one that he cheated on his girlfriend).
I love this book because it is really written for teenager
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Rose
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite, fav-2016
second read: quanto mi sono mancati i personaggi *-* Rileggeri questo libro all'infinito, ma prima aspetto che mi arrivi il secondo. Sono davvero curiosa ^-^

first read :
4.5 davvero bello, diverso dai libri Che leggo di solito, divertente, originale e davvero, leggetelo!
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Credit for this find goes to Lenore (Author of The Memory of After and Chasing Before). I’d requested Denton Little’s Deathdate months back because Random House doesn’t put all that much up on NetGalley, and it sounded like it might maybe be interesting. By the time I was getting close to reading it, though, I just wasn’t really feeling it, so I was going to skip it. Then Lenore encouraged me to read it, telling me how wond
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Michelle
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 

Denton Little's Deathdate is a really funny, and strangely sweet read. I can honestly say that I have never read anything quite like it. It is not the most believable book ever, but you just have to embrace the concept and go with it. If you can do that, you will have a blast on Denton's last 24 hours alive adventure. Denton Little's Deathdate takes place in a world in the future that is very much like the world we k
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Jessica at Book Sake
I didn't realize that this book was part of a series until I finished it and there was no closure. That should have been referred to on the cover on in the publisher info I received with the book. However, knowing it was part of a series may have kept me from reading it. (I need a good stand alone book right now.)

The humor in the book was fun – the majority of that being between Denton and his best friend Paolo. They have snarky, off-the-wall conversations that would likely only make sense to th
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
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Denton Little's Deathdate is a hilarious story of dying, living and what you do with the in between. Denton isn't popular, nor is he a ladies man. He's intelligent, conforming and a teen that parents would be proud of. But in a society where at birth your date of death is determined, Denton realises that he's never truly lived his life. He's never had a hangover, he's never felt a wild abandonment and he's certainly never had sex. But when Denton wakes up
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Morris
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Seeing as I just finished reading “Denton Little’s Deathdate”, I can only hope that I stop laughing long enough to write a coherent review.

The plot is one of the most unusual I have read in a young adult novel, especially one meant to be funny while dealing with a guaranteed date of death. It throws in a lot of curveballs as well, and it keeps you on your toes. There isn’t really an easy way to describe it, or fit it into one genre, and it’s very possible that it managed to create its own catego
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Cheryl
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you've been considering reading this, and can handle the kind of 'mature content' that is relevant to older teen boys, I strongly recommend you forget everything you read in the blurb, anything you read me say, and pick up this funny, thought-provoking, SF mystery-adventure. I couldn't put it down last night and so missed several hours sleep, but it was worth it. (Otoh, I'm not sure I'll worry about the sequel, as I kinda like the way it ended....)
Petra
This was really funny, but also a bit all over the place. And that ending..it just isn't fair to end a book like that..
Tania Paxia
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genialeeee!!! Voglio il seguito. Subito.
Recensione in arrivo
erigibbi
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trovo che il tema di questo libro sia molto interessante e non nego che qualche volta ci ho pensato: come ci comporteremmo se fossimo a conoscenza della nostra data di morte? Vorremmo avere una vita normale o ci daremmo alla pazza adrenalina in sfide mortali sapendo che fino ad un determinato giorno non potremo lasciare questo mondo? La risposta a cui non avevo pensato me l’ha in parte fornita il libro. DIPENDE! Dipende perché se sappiamo che moriremo a 60 o a 70 anni probabilmente faremmo una v ...more
AlenGarou
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Valerie
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm going to be honest, I never really considered reading this until I saw it at the library. And then I thought, "Wait this is about death, right". You see, I loved the Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die anthology, where the manner of your death is spit out by a machine. But in this book, it's the time of death that you have to prepare for. So obviously after I found this out, I was going to pick this up ASAP.

Denton is due to die when he's 17 years
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Katy Noyes
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a unique idea... The world is like ours, but with one difference: every person has a blood test at birth that tells them the exact date of their eventual death. Now, to accept this idea and this book, you have to ignore the fact that the 'test' can apparently predict through blood if you're going to die in a car crash, an overdose, in a fire - not just cancers and old age. Hmmm. Just let it go.

The story picks up with 17-year-old Denton. His deathdate is tomorrow. And while this book is hila
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Liviania
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
DENTON LITTLE'S DEATHDATE is one of those stories that switches genre partway through. It starts out as a black comedy about a teenage boy who knows he's going to die tomorrow and struggling with how he wants to go out and what he wants to do in the limited time before he dies. Then, it shifts into a paranoid conspiracy thriller. (Admittedly, this shift is seeded early in DENTON LITTLE'S DEATHDATE.)

I found the world debut author Lance Rubin created fascinating. He only makes one big change to th
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Alexandria
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cosa faremmo se un esame del sangue potesse rivelare a ognuno di noi la data della nostra morte?
Se per legge il governo su tutti i nostri documenti registrasse le nostre generalità insieme a tale data?
Come vivremmo la nostra vita?
Come trascorreremmo il nostro ultimo giorno?
Forse come il nostro Denton Little presenzieremmo al nostro Funerale, una festa di addio con tutti i parenti e gli amici, e poi ci accingeremmo a trascorrere la Seduta (le ultime ventiquattro ore di vita) insieme ai nostri car
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Kaitlin
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
*I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What can I say about this book without spoiling it? Not much, so this review will be brief!

I loved the concept! It would be so bizarre to know which day would be my last. Going to my funeral, sitting around, knowing I should be dying any second--that sure is an experience I'm glad I won't have. I liked how the book brought to light reactions to death. The pity, the tears, the worry, the awkward jokes. Denton was a really good ch
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