Denton Little has a new paperback cover, and I couldn’t love it more! I get to talk about it, life (in general and the cereal) and all things awesome with author Lance Rubin today! And if you’re so inclined, check out my review of DENTON!
Before I get down to business, I just want to make sure you don’t miss the INTERNATIONAL giveaway below! Because Lance is awesome – he’s bringing gifts for his readers!
As always, weigh in and tell me what you think of the new cover in the comments!
The New Cover
Get ready to die laughing over this insanely funny comedy about the final hours of a teenage boy’s life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on. Now in paperback!
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 mysterious 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 fraught with mysterious questions—and precious little time to find the answers!
Praise for Denton
“Rubin is really funny, but like John Green, he manages to be poignant at the same time. You’ll laugh out loud while you read this, but you’re probably going to tear up a bit too.” —Bustle
"Words cannot capture the spirit and humor of this novel...The dialogue is witty and raunchy, the plot uniquely twisted, and the ending is to die for...Buy multiple copies because this book will fly off the shelves." --VOYA
“Let’s all pray the grim reaper is even half as witty (and wise) as the deadly talented Lance Rubin.” —Tim Federle, author of Better Nate than Ever and The Great American Whatever
Alright Lance, before anything else we need to talk about this new cover. It's amazing! How do you feel about it and was it the only one they came up with when they decided to repackage?
Thank you! I agree, which is a HUGE RELIEF because I loved the first cover and I was so nervous this new one wouldn't live up to it. But it totally does! Angela Carlino, who also designed the first one, has once again knocked it out of the park.
I like that it captures the dry humor of the book but with a real lighthearted touch. It's endlessly delightful to me that the downward-driving hearse from the first cover is now a prom limo hearse driven by a lovable skeleton chauffeur. I love it so much, and a huge shout-out to Mathieu Persan, the Paris-based artist who did the illustrations for both this and the cover for the second and final book in the series, Denton Little's Still Not Dead (to be revealed next week!).
To answer the second half of your question, I was told they went through a variety of potential covers, but my editor Nancy Siscoe was kind enough not to show me anything until this one had already been given the okay by a bunch of people at Random House Children's. I'm very glad about that, since seeing every possible cover variant as it was being considered would have just made me anxious and vomity.
I was talking about your book with a friend yesterday, explaining the premise which dropped us into a huge debate about whether we would like to know when we would die or not, what say you? Would you want to know?
First of all, can I just say it's still a surreal joy to hear that people talk about my book even when I'm not around? So thanks for that. But as to your question: When I started writing this book, I flip-flopped a bit, but by the time I'd finished a draft I felt pretty certain there was absolutely no way I wanted to know my deathdate. I definitely can see the appeal of knowing and being able to plan your life out so specifically. But then I think about having that death knowledge constantly hovering in the back of my mind, and I know for sure I couldn't do it. It's kinda like seeing the cover variants: it'd just make me anxious, and I think my ability to enjoy life would take a real hit.
Where in the world did the idea for the series come from?
Okay, I've answered this question before, but I'm going to share with you some EXCLUSIVE INFORMATION I've always omitted from the other interviews because it's kind of in poor taste and also because it's completely irrelevant. But here goes: I'm pretty sure I was peeing when I thought of the idea for this series. I don't remember where I was or exactly when, I just remember thinking about time and life and death as I was urinating and suddenly thinking, "What if I knew when my life was going to end?" I often find myself thinking some of my most interesting thoughts as I pee. That's strange, right? Because it's not even that much time. Like, a minute tops? Anyway, I had that thought, and then I took it a step further and thought, "What if everyone knew when they were going to die?" I thought it would be cool to have a story set in a world like this where we follow the protagonist on his deathdate. That was pretty much all I had for a few years until I finally got motivated enough to sit down and write and figure out what else could happen. (And by "sit down and write" I mean "stand up and pee." I do all my writing while I pee.)
Okay, I like to do some fun questions as well as the standard stuff, so tell me, if you were a box of cereal which would you be and why?
Life. Because how baller is that name? It came time to figure out what to call this cereal and these people were like, "Man, it has everything, it's like the full experience of everything, why don't we just call it LIFE?" How wonderfully presumptuous. Also, that was an IRONIC answer because this book is about DEATH. Also, I think it tastes good.
What is your favorite Gif?
What are the last 3 songs you listened to?
"Hollywood", Jukebox the Ghost
"In the Meantime," Spacehog
"I Wanna Get Better," Bleachers
Lastly, swinging back to some regular stuff, what's Denton up to in DENTON LITTLE'S STILL NOT DEAD and when can we expect to read it?
Well, one of my favorite things about this new title (changed from Denton Little's Birthdate) is that it is a straight-up SPOILER ALERT if you haven't read the first book. But, I mean, there are two books, and Denton Little's obviously gonna be in both of them, so it's not really as spoiler-y as it seems. Whereas the first book is about dealing with death, the sequel is really about dealing with life. (NOT THE CEREAL, LIKE ACTUAL LIFE.) All the big questions from the first book WILL BE ANSWERED, and all of your favorite characters---especially Denton, Paolo, Millie, and Veronica---get lots of page time. (Is that a real phrase? Like, the way we say characters in movies and TV get a lot of screen time? If not, can it be?) It comes out on February 7th, 2017, and as I mentioned above, the cover reveal for that one is happening next week, on Monday, June 6th over at YA Interrobang. Excitement abounds!
Thanks so much for hosting this cover reveal, Amber! And everybody, in case you're not aware, Amber makes fantastic book swag. I get compliments on my stickers and bookmarks all the time.
One lucky winner will get a signed hardcover copy of DENTON LITTLE’S DEATHDATE
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