Bin Mal Kurz Tot (2000)
Bin mal kurz tot (2000)
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I, generally speaking, have a good intuition when it comes to books. I can tell straight out if a book is going to be good or not, or what type of a book it might be, and I’m right more often than I’m not. My intuition told me that Denton’s Little Death Date would be a witty, fresh, enjoyable and lighthearted take on a subject that most of us find daunting: death. I was right. And I was wrong. It is all those things. But this book also has a hell of an emotional left hook. At times, this book is sad, terrifying, stupefying, and introspective. So that’s a lesson for me. Denton’s not been having a good week. He broke up with his girlfriend Tamryn. Then he got stinking drunk, had sex with his best friend’s sister, and to top it off, he only has a few days left to live. You see, in Denton’s world, through nebulous science, everyone knows, with unfailing accuracy, what day they will die. And Denton is dying on the day of prom. Bummer, right? But what’s going to end up killing him? The mysterious rash on his leg? Tamryn’s psychotic ex-boyfriend? Government agents? Or none of the above? Rubin does a superb job of world-building, of crafting a world that is just as inane as our own, but with one tiny little difference, which has massive repercussions. In Denton’s world, people attend their own funerals before they die. The government sends form emails thanking you for being a good citizen, and, incidentally, did you pay all your taxes? Airplane crashes have decreased significantly because no one is allowed to travel on the day they die. And so on. I also adored the humor present in this novel. It’s not the sort of wry black humor that you might expect, although there’s that, too. No, we’re talking laugh out loud absolutely hilarious humor, of a type I have rarely seen. Most of it is at the hands of Denton’s best friend Paolo, whose death date is just a month after Denton’s. This leads him to take huge risks, say things that no one would otherwise say, and ruthlessly critique the admittedly stupid decisions Denton makes over the course of the story.Denton’s not a perfect character. He’s got flaws. For one thing, he ended up cheating on his girlfriend, and he ends up doing insanely risky, insanely illegal things over the course of the story. But he’s kind and loving to a fault, and genuinely cares about the people closest to him. It’s also hard to tell whether his weaknesses are brought about by his imminent death, and I’m not sure whether he’d do all these things normally. Remember, he’s not just a teenager; he’s a teenager that’s about to die. Denton’s Little Death Date crushed my heart into little pieces. Then it rebuilt it with how funny it was. Then it crushed it again. Rinse, lather, and repeat. Denton Little’s Deathdate is a refreshing take on the timeless battle the human species faces regarding their acceptance or aversion to death. Author Lance Rubin writes Denton Little throughout his last day on Earth, which is a completely normal concept considering that scientific developments have allowed everyone to know when they are going to die. That being said, exact times or causes of death are excluded from the fatal forecast.This seemingly enticing piece of information leads to a myriad of Deathdate misadventures during Denton’s final hours. I appreciated the characters in Denton Little’s Deathdate, as their conversations and actions were very authentic in their nature. After introducing author Lance Rubin at the San Antonio Book Festival, I discovered that many of his characters are based off of people he knows in real life, further accentuating the livelihood and humanity of his characters. Each character is very unique, allowing a diverse audience of readers to identify with the plot line and interactions throughout the novel. I also enjoyed the premise of Denton Little’s Deathdate. This book calls to mind the legacy Denton Little will leave behind after he has passed away. In this in-depth analysis of moral and character, readers find themselves pondering the impacts of their existence. They are taught to take pleasure in the everyday things taken for granted in their routine lifestyles. While Denton Little’s Deathdate is categorized as a Young Adult novel, its lessons on life extend to all age groups.
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john
This book was pretty dumb. And it strayed a lot from the initial idea. It was okay.
shaiksam000
Incredible. It made me laugh and think. I loved it.
MAK
Very weird, only finished to see what happened.
readergirl
suprisingly funny despite the morbid premise
Carter
Very original story - immersive universe.
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