The Deathday Letter ARC Book Review

The Deathday Letter
Author: Shaun Hutchinson
Pages: 256 pgs
Reading Level: YA
Release Date: June 15, 2010

My Stars: 3 stars

Here we have a very different novel that what I have read in the past. you have no supernatural or fantasy in the book. Its a book that you get pretty much modern day happening except for one detail. The Deathday letter, in the world in this book people get this letter 24 hours before they die. The book does not explain who or why these are sent and there is no story as to finding out why either. The writing is easy to read and very funny at times. You can read the difference when a Male author writes from a male POV, its very realistic. 

In this book we meet Ollie, he is the receiver of the letter. So once he gets the letter he plans on going to school like normal and just ignore that in 24 hours he will die. Of course Ollie has a best friend who refuses to let the day be spent in school. So basically they find a bucket list from the 6th grade to see what they wrote they would do if they knew they would be dying. Now add Ollie ex-girlfriend to the group Ronnie, and you have 3 teenagers setting off to go get into crazy things. They end of jumping off a bridge and doing a certain illegal substance and the whole time Ollie is thinking of one thing, that he will die a virgin. While all this is happening you see each chapter is counting down the time and towards the end, I still hope that he wouldn't die or something crazy would happen. I also really hoped that if he was going to die, that it would be in a peaceful way which if you read the end you see it didn't. Now I know this is a YA book but honestly I wouldn't let my teenager read this until he is older due to certain parts of the book. I also didn't give it a higher rating just because I really don't like when people die in a book or movie. Its like when Nemo's mom got eaten by the barracuda, Yes I don't like that. 

So if I were to recommend, which this book is recommendable just to a older YA group or Adults. Male's will love this book. The humor was the best part of the book. 

Synopsis: Ollie can't be bothered to care about anything but girls until he gets his Deathday Letter and learns he's going to die in twenty-four hours. Bummer.
Ollie does what he does best: nothing. Then his best friend convinces him to live a little, and go after Ronnie, the girl who recently trampled his about-to-expire heart. Ollie turns to carloads of pudding and over-the-top declarations, but even playing the death card doesn't work. All he wants is to set things right with the girl of his dreams. It's now or never?.

Thank you to Traveling Arc Tours 

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book. I especially liked the fact that Ollie really did die because often you see in books that someone is supposed to die and then they find a loophole or something and they don't die. But, the author is really straightforward with us and states that he will absolutely die, right in the beginning. Overall, a really funny yet sometimes sad read. I do agree with you about recommending it to a bit more mature audience though.


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