YALSA 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
Denton Little’s Deathdate is my first book. It 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.
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
“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&N.com
“…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
“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
“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
The UK: Simon & Schuster UK
Germany: Piper Verlag