Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Not as humorous as The Wrap-Up List, but still interesting: Denton Little is an "early", someone who knows he'll die well before his time. So why go to school, or try to have a normal life? Denton doesn't have to, but he wants to... the bad part is that he's scheduled to die on the day of Prom. Society has evolved to a point where death is so ritualized, with funerals held with the dead present (and giving them the opportunity to respond/rebut), and the Death Day includes Sitting, with family, waiting for the inevitable. Except Denton doesn't want to be normal, he wants to live. Like any good teenage boy, he's going to rebel and break the conventional rules - even attending prom with his best friend and his parents.
I enjoyed the idea of the funeral, and Denton himself is likeable, but what dropped this was that in the end, it's fairly predictable.
ARC provided by publisher.