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The Deathday Letter by [Shaun David Hutchinson]

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About the Author

Shaun David Hutchinson is the author of numerous books for young adults, including The Past and Other Things That Should Stay BuriedThe Apocalypse of Elena MendozaAt the Edge of the Universe, and We Are the Ants. He also edited the anthologies Violent Ends and Feral Youth and wrote the memoir Brave Face, which chronicles his struggles with depression and coming out during his teenage years. He lives in Seattle, where he enjoys drinking coffee, yelling at the TV, and eating cake. Visit him at or on Twitter @ShaunieDarko.

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Gr 9 Up–In this mildly provocative but flat speculative story, Ollie, 15, has one day to live–and he knows it because in his otherwise just-like-ours world, everyone is mailed a Deathday Letter announcing their final 24 hours. His family members are devastated (but let him go to school)–and so are his best friend Shane and his ex Ronnie, who bust him out of Moriville High for a day worth going out on. Crude, girl-obsessed Ollie likes to spew predictable teen “truths” (e.g., “a teenage guy with a penis is like a twitchy marine with a live grenade”). Oddly, he doesn't seem too weirded out as he goes with the flow of his friends' ideas, some inspired by the bucket lists they wrote in sixth grade. Hijinx ensue, from jumping off a bridge to crashing a strip club to stumbling upon and smoking pot with an underground group investigating who's behind the letters (an interesting side plot that doesn't go anywhere). Along the way, he tries to make good on his rocky past with Ronnie, experiences some convenient emotional growth, and learns some not-so-shocking truths about Shane (he's gay). The narrative is authentic, snappy, and sure to entertain, but what could be an insightful exploration of mortality or relationships is more a jaunty road to a romantic ending (one can almost hear the swell of '80s movie music). A possibility for reluctant readers.–Riva Pollard, Prospect Sierra Middle School, El Cerrito, CAα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B003L785WE
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 9, 2010)
  • Publication date : June 9, 2010
  • Language : English
  • File size : 488 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Print length : 257 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly upbeat and fun
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 21, 2010
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