Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Deathday Letter: By Shaun David Hutchinson



The clock is ticking?

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?.


Imagine a world where you received a letter 24 hours before you die.

What would you do? Who would you see? How would you spend your last day?

This is the world according to Shaun David Hutchinson’s The Deathday Letter.

The Deathday Letter is one of the best young adult books I’ve read in a while. It has relatable characters, a fascinating story, and is just incredibly well written. I was particularly impressed with the way Hutchinson was able to accurately convey the thought process a teenage boy. He didn’t have the protagonist Ollie try to be more than he was, instead he was just an average kid trying to live out his last day doing things he’d never done with his best friends.

In fact The Deathday Letter also is a surprisingly well thought out combination of the philosophy surrounding the world of The Deathday Letter and the hijinks and turmoil that accompany a horny teenage boy with one day left to live.

All in all Hutchinson’s really outdid himself with his debut novel. It is exciting, entertaining, and thought provoking, a perfect combination for a young adult novel that both boys and girls of any age will love.


9 out of 10


Publisher: Simon Pulse

Published: June 15, 2010

Price: $9.99

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