Review: Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin

Posted January 26, 2016 in Review / 8 Comments

Review: Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin

Denton Little's Deathdate

Series: Denton Little #1
by Lance Rubin
Published by Random House for Young Readers on April 14th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

Fantasy Young Adult


What an odd, quirky story this turned out to be.  Not at all what I thought it would be going into it.  I loved the humor but turns out there’s a bit of a mystery here, too.

Denton Little lives in a world where science has nailed down the date you are going to die.  They don’t know how or when during that day you’re going to die.  Just the date.  And Denton’s date is tomorrow, the day of his senior prom.

Today though, Denton wants to figure out why he woke up in his best friend’s sister’s bed.  This might be a normal teenager’s problem if he was drinking the night before and he and his girlfriend had broken up but Denton doesn’t quite remember the details.  But first on his agenda today is to attend his funeral.

Fascinating were the details that Mr. Rubin built into his world about what it would be like to know when you were going to die.  What the ramifications would be on your family, your friends, your significant other even!  I found this part of the story absolutely fascinating.

No, I’m not completely morbid!  Mr. Rubin made the story actually quite bearable to read by adding humor and a mystery to the story.  And in my opinion, they both worked.

The story is told in Denton’s point of view and his voice, being a teenager looking at death, is funny, humble, inquisitive, and vulnerable all at the same time.  It was kind of breaking my heart to think of him dying.

The mystery part to the story is pretty engaging and because I had to go back and re-read the book to write this review, I saw all the clues I completely steamrollered over the first time.

I’m going to end on a spoiler – open this at your own peril!!! View Spoiler »

About Lance Rubin

Lance Rubin

Hi. I'm Lance Rubin. I'm a writer living in Brooklyn. My YA novel DENTON LITTLE'S DEATHDATE came out in April 2015 from Knopf. I love Back to the Future, the New York Knicks, and Pixar.




About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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8 responses to “Review: Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin

    • I know Grace just wrote her review of this recently and it reminded me to finally get my review up! That might be why it’s sounding familiar 🙂