Denton Little's Deathdate was : ILA Young Adult Book Award Winner 2016YALSA 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults* ABA Indies Introduce New Voices pick * PopCrush Top 10 YA Books of 2015 * Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2015 * YALSA 2016 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults * Amazon Best YA Books of the Year So Far, 2015 * Spring 2015 Kids' Indies Next List   * The Best New YA Since The Hunger Games

Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world where everybody knows the date they’re going to die. 17-year-old Denton Little is going to die tomorrow, the same day as his senior prom.

It’s a comedy. (A dark comedy.)

Out now from Knopf Books for Young Readers. Read an EXCERPT.


Or buy it at your favorite local independent bookstore

And feel free to add it on Goodreads.

Here are nice things said by people who aren’t me or my parents:

“Rubin is really funny but like John Green, he manages to be poignant at the same time. You’ll laugh out loud while you read this, but you’re probably going to tear up a bit too.” —Bustle

“…the tweaked contemporary setting, irreverent end-of-life humor, and big, existential questions make this a good pick for fans of John Corey Whaley’s Noggin." — Publishers Weekly

"Words cannot capture the spirit and humor of this novel...The dialogue is witty and raunchy, the plot uniquely twisted, and the ending is to die for...Buy multiple copies because this book will fly off the shelves." --VOYA

"..the novel features warmly real characters. Denton’s funny, self-effacing genuineness will keep readers rooting for him. Vivid secondary characters include his goofy, pot-smoking best friend, Paolo, who helpfully urges Denton to 'own that shit' in regard to following his heart as well as his quirky, loving family; even the brief snapshots provided of Denton’s schoolmates are believable and engaging." -- Kirkus Reviews

“This humorous story of mortality, friendship, family, and secrets is a strange, fun, and unusual read that keeps readers laughing, gasping, and quickly turning pages… Rubin’s is a new voice on the YA literature scene and is well-worth reading.“    —School Library Journal

“Deathdate…makes a dozen jokes per page — some funnier than others, but pleasingly good-natured at all times. In fact, everything about the novel is bighearted.”– Grantland

“There’s dark humor in spades here, along with fully developed relationships and a mystery that will keep readers turning pages… A surprisingly breezy read, both for its hilarity and for its gradually revealed secrets.” — The Horn Book

“Lance Rubin’s page-turner sparkles with hilarious dialogue, deadpan drollness, roller-coaster plot twists, and wryly presented coming-of-age revelations.” – School Library Journal (again, but from a different piece)

“I know the premise sounds super sad, but I don’t think I can stress enough how funny and enjoyable this book is—I actually LOL’ed within the first chapter and continued to be delighted throughout.” – B&

“Let’s all pray the grim reaper is even half as witty (and wise) as the deadly talented Lance Rubin. Till then: skip this book at your own peril.” —Tim Federle, author of Better Nate than Ever and The Great American Whatever

"In Denton Little's Deathdate, Lance Rubin creates a world in which (almost) everyone can answer the question, 'What would you do if you knew when you were going to die?' and holy s*#! the answers are hilarious. I don't think I've laughed at death so much, in a long long time. Read this book, it'll have you dying."-- Isabel Quintero, Morris Award-winning author of Gabi, A Girl in Pieces

"Wildly funny, brilliantly weird, and achingly heartfelt." -- Becky Albertalli, Morris Award-winning author of Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

“Highly original, fantastically entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny, Denton Little’s Deathdate is a wild romp through a night like no other.” —Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Geography of You and Me

Denton Little’s Deathdate is hilarious, thought-provoking, irreverent, unforgettable… Live your own death, Dent. We love you.” —Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of Dairy Queen

The guys over at Unshelved made this comic about Denton, which is one of the coolest things that has ever happened to me.

And nice words about the audiobook:

“Rubin narrates his own book and is an excellent choice, since he created the mind of Denton and he ably captures all of Denton’s sarcasm and frankness. It truly feels like listeners are actually traveling along with Denton through all kinds of hilarious and heartbreaking moments.” – School Library Journal(Starred Review)

“This is a refreshingly bizarre premise, well grounded in the realities of high school and family life, and Rubin’s dynamic, offbeat charm stands out as he performs his debut novel.” – Audiofile

International Editions:

The UK: Simon & Schuster UK






Italy: De Agostini






Germany: Piper Verlag