“Denton Little’s Deathdate”

Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. For Denton, that’s in just two days—the day of his senior prom.   Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle—as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s hostile sister. (Though he’s not totally sure—see, first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters….Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.

This is a book that offers a unique twist on life.  It makes one think what would I do if I knew the actual date on which I was going to die.  But at the same time it is a comedy as one follows Denton through his last day and the bizarre things that happen to him.  Read this book, it is very entertaining.  Here is the link for the trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtY6dGoE75o

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“The Outside Circle”

Pete, a young Aboriginal man wrapped up in gang violence, lives with his younger brother, Joey, and his mother who is a heroin addict. One night, Pete and his mother’s boyfriend, Dennis, get into a big fight, which sends Dennis to the morgue and Pete to jail. Initially, Pete keeps up ties to his crew, until a jail brawl forces him to realize the negative influence he has become on Joey, which encourages him to begin a process of rehabilitation that includes traditional Aboriginal healing circles and ceremonies.

As this book is a graphic novel it is an easy read.  It provides some good explanations of Aboriginal customs and ceremonies and it is great to see how the main character turns his life around.

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