The Deathday Letter

October 25, 2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

The first thing you need to know about Oliver Travers is that at the end of this story he’s going to die. There’s no twist of fate that saves him… He’s going to croak, and that’s just how it is.

When Ollie gets his Deathday letter, he’s surprised – after all, he’s only fifteen – but everyone gets their letter eventually and he doesn’t question the truth that his death will take place the next day. The only question he needs to answer is, what do you do when you know the next 24 hours are your last? 

If you’re Ollie, you ditch school with your best-friend-since-birth, try to do some of the things on your “To do before my Deathday” list that you wrote in the sixth grade, jump off a bridge, and try to figure out why your ex-girlfriend dumped you.  But for Ollie’s last day, that’s just the beginning.

My Review: The concept of a Deathday letter is so great!  Just imagine it – you’d be able to say your goodbyes, do something amazing that you otherwise never would have done, tell the ones you love that you love them and maybe, like Ollie, find out what you’re really made of before you go. 

I loved how even though the book features the letters, it isn’t all about Deathday letters.  Sure, Ollie gets his right on time, but most people in the book don’t even question the fact that the letters are a part of life.  Students even learn about the day Abraham Lincoln received his letter!  It was a very cool backdrop for a “what would you do if you knew this was your (or your best friend’s) last day on Earth?” story.  I really enjoyed this book – it’s completely funny and despite, you know, the fact that Ollie’s a goner, I was content with how everything turned out.  Still not sure you want to read it?  Read chapter one here.

The Deathday Letter by Shaun David Hutchinson is now available at the library.



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