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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 pudThe 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......

Title : The Deathday Letter
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ISBN : 9781416996088
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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The Deathday Letter Reviews

  • Morgan F
    2019-05-13 03:28

    This book is about 15-yr-old Ollie on the day he gets his Deathday Letter. A Deathday Letter is basically a notice sent to you 24 hours before you are scheduled to die. So that sucks. Ollie, however, is your typical teenage boy. All he thinks about are sex, girls, food, and sex. So on his last day, what is there to do? Well, Ollie, his best friend, and his longtime crush are going to find out. I did not like Ollie nor did I find his humor funny. As he constantly pointed out and exemplified, guys only think about sex. It was so relentless. I doubt there was one paragraph devoid of any mention of boobs. It wasn't funny or realistic, just tiring. Almost makes me want to be lesbian. I'm not a prude, mind you, but I'm in high school and get enough of this stuff in my actual life. It could have just been more deep, ya know? A teenager on his last day, knowing its his last day? Pretty deep stuff. But alas, it was treated as one giant joke.So maybe I was just in a bad mood when I read this. I'm sure some people will enjoy it and find it absolutely hilarious. But not me.

  • Melanie Goodman
    2019-05-13 01:24

    I think it’s entirely possible that I was meant to be a boy, because I find snarky, hormonal teenage male narrators to be absolutely hilarious. It might be wrong for a book about death to be this funny, so it’s a good thing Shaun David Hutchinson’s The Deathday Letter is actually a book about life–Ollie’s last day of life. When Ollie receives a Deathday letter telling him he has only 24 hours to live, he takes the news pretty stoically. He plans to spend his last day doing normal things and biding his time, but his friends have other plans in store. Ollie and his best buds Shane and Ronnie take risks, deepen their relationships, and make the best of the time they have.It would probably be off base to say that this book is full of mature content, because it’s more accurately full of immature content. I guess you could say that it is graphic, and if jokes about sex and penises make you uncomfortable, I recommend you stay far, far away. I’m not easily offended, and I can’t remember the last time I laughed as hard as I did reading this book. As funny as it is, though, it’s not purely humorous. Hutchinson’s writing is also philosophical and thought-provoking, exploring free-will, determinism, and death without fear or pretentiousness.The Deathday Letter is a raw, honest, funny book that should get teens and adults alike buzzing. It’s like Going Bovine meets Paper Towns meets Before I Fall meets the sex-obsessed mind of every 14-year-old boy out there. I wish I could pass it around to every one of you because I really can’t speak highly enough about this novel. You should not plan on reading this unless you can devote a few hours to it. You will not be able to stop midway!

  • Suze Lavender
    2019-05-17 23:16

    Ollie receives a Deathday letter. He's fifteen years old and his life is about to end. Deathday letters arrive 24 hours before the actual death, so the recipient has the time to say goodbye. For Ollie the letter means he has one day left to really live. He is still young and hasn't done much of it yet, but he has one day left to live life to the fullest and he's going to use this time well. Together with his best friend Shane and his ex girlfriend and best friend Ronnie he tries to do things that are on the bucket lists they made for a school project. Ollie's last day is supposed to be one big adventure, a fantastic day that should teach him what it's like to feel alive.The Deathday Letter starts with a terrible message for Ollie. He's going to die and there's nothing he can do about it. Instead of spending his last day quietly while being in shock, he decides to make it the best day he can think of. Ollie is kind, he's forgetful, he's still pretty clueless about girls and he does stupid things from time to time, which often made me laugh. Shane is a loyal best friend and even though Ronnie and Ollie have problems she's there for him on his last day. I liked the friendship element a lot. The deep connection between the main characters makes this book very special. Shaun David Hutchinson has a great sense of humor. The way he describes what's going on in Ollie's mind is brilliant. Even though the topic of The Deathday Letter is a heavy one, the story feels light. It's a chaotic whirlwind filled with exciting adventures and impulsive decisions, I loved the energy. Death has a prominent place, it's a sad occasion, so I expected to read a story that would make me cry all the time, but instead Shaun David Hutchinson managed to make me smile. His story is about more than just life and death, there's so much in between. I loved the message he's spreading, no matter when your death date is going to be, make sure you've lived before it's there.I really enjoyed The Deathday Letter's original twists and turns. Shaun David Hutchinson managed to surprise me over and over again. I loved his vivid descriptions and I could feel the despair, the warmth and the love. I liked how he used opposites to his advantage and turned them into an impressive story. The ending is fitting and I had tears in my eyes when I read it. I loved this crazy, beautiful and unique story.

  • Cynthia (A Blog about Nothing)
    2019-05-13 21:18

    I really didn't know what to expect with The Deathday Letter except for what happens on the first page which I already knew about, but if I hadn't I would've probably been quite shocked. I shouldn't have been since the book is written by a guy after all, and it's about a 15 year old crazy hormonal boy so it should be expected that there will be lots of talk about sex and girls. This story is about a boy named Ollie that wakes up one day to find a Deathday Letter which means that he has only one day left to live. In this world everybody gets a Deathday Letter about 24 hours before they're going to die but nobody really knows exactly where they come from or how they know they're going to die, but the story really doesn't focus much on that but on Ollie's last day. At the beginning Ollie wants to keep on doing his normal everyday routine until he tells his best friend about the letter and his friend convinces him to ditch school and spend the day doing things he always wanted to do. The author slips a little note before the first chapter to let the reader know that Ollie was definitely going to die at the end and to not expect any miracles. I didn't think I would have a problem accepting that but I did, while reading the book I felt like Ollie was becoming a friend and I really was hoping for a miracle towards the end I even got teary eye at one point. I thought the writing was great and it was so interesting for me to read from a male's perspective that was actually written by a male, you can really tell the difference and it felt so real. While reading The Deathday Letter I felt like Ollie was right there next to me telling me his story, there's plenty of laughs and funny moments but there's also a few thought provoking moments. I thought Ollie's adventures on his last day were pretty realistic and something that I could see a 15 year old doing, I loved the part when Ollie and his ex-girlfriend Ronnie are together towards the end it was sweet and I didn't want to see it come to an end. Of course you know when it's about to end because each chapter has a count down which was actually kind of nerve wrecking towards the end and all I kept thinking was that he was getting closer and closer to dying. This is definitely something that I would recommend, if you like different but fun to read and from a male point of view.

  • Alex Bennett
    2019-05-05 22:37

    I can honestly say I never expected this book to be as good as it was. I feel so stupid for not thinking I would like it as much as I did because, believe me, it was incredible. For a plot that seems so simple at first glance, The Deathday Letter is anything but simple. It is such a great book that will stick with me for a while, for sure.Ollie was such a real character, as were the rest of the characters in this astonishing debut. Hutchinson pretty much got the teen boy persona down perfectly, if I do say so myself. It actually feels like this book is written by a fifteen year old boy, not because the writing was bad, just because Ollie’s personality really shines through. His friends were hilarious at times and heartbreaking at others. They encounter a great cast of characters on Ollie’s last day and that was just one of the reasons it was so hard to put this book down.Ollie and Ronnie’s relationship was so twisted and unique. They are madly in love at one minute, but they hate each other the next. Despite the craziness of it, their connection is undeniable and was awesome to read. Even when one of them royally screws up, you want them to be together no matter what.Though it is a debut, I never felt like I was reading something armature at all. This is an extremely well written book that I can’t recommend enough. The writing is loaded with Ollie’s character and was totally unique.The whole concept of this book seems so simple: Ollie finds out it is his last day and tries to make the best of it. Though it may seem simple, it is anything but. This addicting story involves jumping off bridges, fat cops, greasy pizza, strip clubs, potheads, secret organizations, and secrets you will never see coming. It is anything but simple.A completely real feeling protagonist, hilarious and dynamic characters, rollercoaster relationships, amazing writing, and a great plot and concept make The Deathday Letter an incredible debut I doubt I will forget soon. I can’t stress enough that you need to read this book before you get your Deathday Letter.

  • Nadia
    2019-05-03 01:31

    This book is about a boy named Oliver Aaron Travers, who prefers being called just Ollie. Ollie is a typical 15 year-old boy who mostly thinks about is girls. That is until one morning he receives a Deathday letter. After someone receives a Deathday letter they only have 24 hours to live. When Ollie gets his letter he wishes his family would stop being all mushy about it and let him have a pleasant Deathday. On Ollie's Deathday he manages to jump off a bridge, steal clothes from Walmart, getting kicked out of a strip club, smoke pot and get high, almost have sex, learning how to drive a stick-shift,getting drunk with his best guy friend, Shane, having a feast with all of his favorite foods and last but certainly not least kissing his best friend, Ronnie who turns out to be the girl of his dreams. Even though Ollie knew he was dying he tried to despite the fact that he was and wanted to try and have one of the greatest days.I'm going to make a text-to-self connection. I am going to make a text-to-self connection to Oliver. The reason why i think i can relate to Oliver is because he has great friends who always try to follow and help him when he's doing crazy stunts. I can relate to that because even if I'm going to do something crazy and spontaneous i can usually count on some of my friends to be there, right by my side. Also just like Oliver and his friends, me and my friends also know how to have a good time. We usually enjoy each others company and would be lost without one another just like Oliver and his friends.I give this book 5 stars. The reason why i give it 5 stars is because i found it an excellent book. the reason why i thought it was so great is because i never wanted to put it down. I also found that the plot was suspenseful which is one of the reasons why i didn't want to usually stop reading. I also like the characters in the book, i found each characters personality great.

  • Medeia Sharif
    2019-05-16 01:24

    This YA novel has a realistic setting, but the only fantastical thing about it is that people get something called a Deathday Letter a day before they die. When Ollie sees that one has been delivered to his house, he assumes it’s for someone older, say a grandparent. But no, it’s for him.This sends him on a trail of what-ifs and adventures on his last day of existence. With the help of his friends he awkwardly parties, doing things he’s never done before, even illegal things. Skipping school, taking drugs, shoplifting, attempting to lose his virginity...nothing is off limits on this day since the clock is ticking. This novel tugged at my emotions since it’s both funny and sad. There are copious references to sex as the author gives a juicy snapshot of a teenage boy’s mind. If you’re easily offended, this book isn’t for you. Otherwise, it’s unique, enjoyable and thought-provoking.

  • Freda Mans-Labianca
    2019-04-26 20:37

    Wow!The last page had all the impact the book needed. I'm still reeling, sitting here trying to articulate my emotions. Like, holy crap! I'm happy, in awe, on the verge of tears and completely stunned all at once. This book took me there.I didn't expect anything less though from this author. I mean, he did write my favorite book of last year, so I was hoping for another whopper. He sure as heck didn't disappoint! These kids in the story, Oliver, Shane and Veronica, were the kids you could've hung out with. So down to earth, and just general decent kids. The bond they have together is quite strong too, and you see it loud and clear from the outside.So now I am thinking I need more from Shaun Hutchinson. Like, now! This wasn't as good as Violent Ends, but it's up there. Seriously people, if you haven't read anything by this guy then get on it!! You will be blown away!

  • Paige
    2019-05-14 00:37

    Shaun Hutchinson definitely didn't disappoint. This book was very light and kept me wanting to read. Don't let the title decieve you, The Deathday Letter is a wonderful book filled with adventure and love (the best kind).

  • Emma Ruth
    2019-05-18 01:21

    In a world where everyone gets 24 hours notice before they die, instead of seizing the moment, Oliver Travers wants to pretend that everything is normal on the day he gets his Deathday Letter. But armed with his two best friends, he'll turn this into a day that no one will ever forget. After a few mistakes, stumbles and wrong turns he'll patch up his life before he has to leave it, because the day is not all about him, or so he's about to learn. His friends are keeping secrets from him and Oliver is struggling to understand what's important. He'll realise that real living isn't about taking wild risks, it's about being with the people who you love and making every effort to leave your mark on the world. I'm going to say it. I am. I'm angry. That's right. This book makes me so angry. And it's not the conundrum that is the Deathday Letter. Predictive or causative? That question will be never be answered. (view spoiler)[Seriously. Oliver would have been in bed at that time if it weren't for the Deathday Letter, so how was he getting run over by a car? I really hate these paradoxes. I'm going to keep thinking about it, and that's not even the point of the book. But it will bug me until the moment that a more intense book steals all my brain power (hopefully soon). It's all very Final Destination. (hide spoiler)] I'm angry at life. I've questioned life before. But I've never questioned life like I'm doing right now after having read this book. I'm stuck on "what's the point?" and "what comes after, if anything?" And this isn't what I want to be questioning, but I really can't help it. This book didn't rip my heart out. I'm not bawling my eyes out because a fictional teenager died (I was given plenty of warning). But I am stuck questioning my entire life. Have I been living sufficiently? It's not like The Deathday Letter is a guide to living your final day on earth, in fact I'd seriously recommend not doing 90% of the things that Oliver did on his Deathday, but it's still a reminder that maybe this will be my last day, only I won't get the warning he did. I won't get the chance to say goodbye to anyone. See where I'm getting at? I'm overcome with all these thoughts that I'm usually only bombarded with at 3 in the morning when I'm having a heart to heart with my sister. That's what this book will do to you. It'll hit you with a few jokes so you don't notice you're nearing a midlife crisis without the midlife. And it'll overwhelm you with cuteness you wouldn't think capable from a 15 year old boy who only thinks about what's in his pants, so you don't notice, until the very end, that you're thinking about your own inevitable death.But enough about me, this book is about Oliver. Oliver is a jerk. Yeah, I said it. I've never been a 15 year old boy, so I couldn't tell you whether this is accurate or not. It probably is, but I didn't realise food and sex could be so all consuming. Oliver couldn't possibly make more mistakes on his final day of living. Seriously, he does everything wrong. Well, almost everything. His day isn't about cramming a lifetime into one day, it's about cramming 15 years of life, already wasted, into 24 hours. It's probably more about the love story than anything else. There always has to be a love story when someone dies young. Except that isn't exactly realistic, but it makes for a cute ending. You can really see Oliver's growth throughout the book, and when he finally realises what the day is really about, I choked up. It's obvious that Oliver never would have grown up without the Deathday letter, that's kind of contradicting, but I'm taking about emotional growth here, not physical growth. On one hand then, I'd like to think that the Deathday letter did Oliver a favour, even despite that mind boggling ending. This book could have been the start of a very interesting series. Hutchinson set it all up, a mysterious Deathday Letter sent to you 24 hours before your due to die. A strange group of people that sit around questioning this anomaly. I would have loved a sequel uncovering the truth about the Deathday letters, especially given the circumstances underpinning Oliver's demise. But it's plain, that wasn't Hutchinson's intention when he wrote the book. It really has nothing to do with the Deathday letter, just the day. I guess, in the end, the book is about how not perfect life is. But that, if you try hard enough, you can find little perfect moments within that make all the rest of it worthwhile. And sometimes, all it takes is a reminder like this one, to live the life you want for yourself. There's no ultimate bucket list to complete before you die. There's just seizing the moments that you get given and being thankful that you ever got any at all.

  • Buchtoaster
    2019-05-16 02:31

    Shaun David Hutchinson ist ein junger Autor, der in seinem Buch über einen Jungen Namens Oliver schreibt. Aber eigentlich nennen in alle nur Olli. Wie denn auch sei, Olli wird am Ende dieser Geschichte sterben. Es gibt kein Happy End – er wird abnippeln, so ist es halt im Leben von Olli. Es geht in diesem broschierten Taschenbuch mit 286 Seiten aber nicht um seinen Tod sondern um seine letzten 1440 Minuten seines Lebens. Und wer könnte diese Geschichte besser erzählen als Olli selbst.Am 16. Oktober, ein ganz normaler Tag, erhält Olli einen Todestagsbrief, in dem steht:Mr. Oliver Aaron TraversEs ist unsere Pflicht, Sie zu informieren, das Ihr Tod planmäßig in den frühen Morgenstunden des 17. Oktober eintreten wird. Wir wären ihnen für ihre uneingeschränkte Mitwirkung in dieser Angelegenheit Dankbar.Wir wünschen ihnen einen angenehmen Todestag.Zuerst denkt sich Olli er macht seinen Tag als würde er Morgen wieder das gleiche tun. Doch Olli ist15 und er würde noch viele Sachen machen doch nun muss er alles in seinen letzten 1440 Minuten seines Lebens reinstopfen. Und als sein bester Freund Shane davon erfährt, fängt der Countdown erst richtig an!Denn nun geht das Spektakel richtig los: Er kifft Drogen, lässt sich Tätowieren, springt von Brücken, denkt nur an Sex und die Sache mit Shane und Ronnie usw. etc. Die Kapitel sind nach Zeit aufgeteilt so dass die Leser immer wissen wie viel Zeit Olli noch hat!Hier der Klappentext:Oliver Travers weiß: Am Ende dieses Tages ist er tot. Doch die letzten 1440 Minuten sollen die besten seines Lebens werden. Denn es gibt da eine ultimative Liste mit den Dingen, die man im Leben mal getan haben muss: von einer Brücke springen, sich ein Tattoo stechen lassen, ein Graffiti sprühen, also eben einfach bleibende Spuren hinterlassen und - ja, natürlich - ein Mädchen küssen. Das kann nur eine sein: Ronnie!Ein Buch was mir sehr gefallen hat! Es lässt sich sehr gut lesen. Und man hat sich oftmals köstlich amüsiert. Es ist ein Buch für alle, die es verstehen, aus jedem Tag den perfektesten Tag ihres Lebens zu machen.Es entsteht die Frage: Der Countdown läuft. Was würdest Du an Deinem letzten Tag machen, bevor Du stirbst?Die Moral der Geschichte ist es aber auch, dass der perfekteste Tag des Lebens nicht nur aus kiffen, Sex, Stunts und Fressen besteht. ;)Der Olli war echt ein cooler Charakter mit viel Humor und ich war schon ein bißchen traurig, genauso wie Shane und Ronnie, als die 1440 Minuten vorbei waren!

  • Bev
    2019-05-13 20:20

    Okay, I'm just going to start right off and say that Young Adult fiction isn't my usual cup of tea. I read this one because I needed a book by a debut author for my Fall Into Reading Challenge and when I did a search for that sort of thing The Deathday Letter by Shaun David Hutchinson came up several times. And my library actually had it. And the premise sounded interesting. But, just to be absolutely honest, if I'd known before I brought it home that it was YA....I don't know that I'd have ordered it up. Don't hate me, all you dear YA lovers who follow's just who I am.So what was the premise that reeled me in?"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...."Hutchinson has written a brilliant first novel. He's bang on target in his characterization of a 15-year old boy dealing with death and hormones all at the same time. The story goes from down-right hilarious ("Because a teenage guy with a penis is like a twitchy marine with a live grenade. Got it?") to heart-rendingly poignant ("There's so much to say, too much to say. I want to tell her that she's the most important thing that ever happened to me. I want to tell her that every night before I went to sleep, it was her that I thought about...").Following Ollie...and his friend Shane and his love Ronnie...through his last twenty-four hours is a trip I'll never forget. It's the chance to watch a 15-year old "jerk" realize what's important in life--and death. The chance to learn lessons that some of us never learn in a life-time, let alone a single day. Ollie and his friends will make you laugh and cry...and wonder just what you would do if you were certain that you only had twenty-four hours left.This review was first posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.

  • Once Upon a Twilight
    2019-05-08 00:22

    Here we have a very different novel that what I have read in the past. you have no supernatural or fantasy in the book. Its a book that you get pretty much modern day happening except for one detail. The Deathday letter, in the world in this book people get this letter 24 hours before they die. The book does not explain who or why these are sent and there is no story as to finding out why either. The writing is easy to read and very funny at times. You can read the difference when a Male author writes from a male POV, its very realistic. In this book we meet Ollie, he is the receiver of the letter. So once he gets the letter he plans on going to school like normal and just ignore that in 24 hours he will die. Of course Ollie has a best friend who refuses to let the day be spent in school. So basically they find a bucket list from the 6th grade to see what they wrote they would do if they knew they would be dying. Now add Ollie ex-girlfriend to the group Ronnie, and you have 3 teenagers setting off to go get into crazy things. They end of jumping off a bridge and doing a certain illegal substance and the whole time Ollie is thinking of one thing, that he will die a virgin. While all this is happening you see each chapter is counting down the time and towards the end, I still hope that he wouldn't die or something crazy would happen. I also really hoped that if he was going to die, that it would be in a peaceful way which if you read the end you see it didn't. Now I know this is a YA book but honestly I wouldn't let my teenager read this until he is older due to certain parts of the book. I also didn't give it a higher rating just because I really don't like when people die in a book or movie. Its like when Nemo's mom got eaten by the barracuda, Yes I don't like that. So if I were to recommend, which this book is recommendable just to a older YA group or Adults. Male's will love this book. The humor was the best part of the book. review link:

  • AngelaM
    2019-05-07 20:33

    As the readers note on the very first page will tell you. There will be no miracle, no deus ex machina, that will come in and save our lovable main character. He will die at the end of the book, but the point is not his death, it's his life.That statement is very true for this book. I fell so totally in love with Ollie that I kept wishing for that miracle, even though I knew it wasn't coming. Ollie was a fantastic person to be able to get inside the head of. He's funny and interesting, smart and just incredibly lovable. Being inside of a teenage boys head was a trip, the constant thought of sex and food had me rolling around laughing. This was a great new take on death. Would you really want to know you're going to die 24 hours before it happens? I thought I would, but now I'm not so sure. It's not enough time to change anything, not enough time to make a mark on the world, not enough time to travel. There is just enough time to see all of your love ones grieve. But Ollie sure did his best to make the most of his Deathday!The relationships between the characters was a great thing to be a part of. Ollie and his best friend were fantastic, they are close-knit friends who took each other as they really are and don't judge. Ollie and Ronnie (the girl he is in love with) had an interesting relationship, and you really get to dig deep into it as the book progresses. Ollie and his grandmother had such a wonderful, loving relationship that it really made me miss my grandmothers!While the tone of this book was really light-hearted and funny, there was such a deeper and darker meaning to each event. You can really start to contemplate the meaning of life and death and what your life has meant, or you could just take it at the lighthearted surface and laugh your butt off. Either way, there is something amazing in this book for everyone and I suggest you all go out and get your copy now!

  • Celestino
    2019-05-04 20:31

    I'm finished! I actually was pretty excited to read this. After Hutch's fml surprised me so much, I thought this would be surprising as well. The INTRO hooked me:"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, no deux ex machina, no deal with the devil that changes what's inevitably going to occur. He's going to croak, and that's just how it is.But this story isn't about Oliver Travers's death, it's about his life, and the best person to tell that story is Oliver."I'm gonna start with the characters. And I think that while Oliver was a cool character to some extent, something about his narration didn't resonate with me like the other character's from Hutch's books, particularly because he was just a horny teenager, and it got old after a while. Spoiler about At The Edge of the Universe: (view spoiler)[That was something that I didn't enjoy from Ozzie and Calvin's sort-of relationship. The first time they make out, they have oral sex if I am not mistaken. And when the book is about to close, and Calvin finally talks to Ozzie after all that went down, they also have sex and is like... The universe is shrinking, why would you do that with Calvin, Ozzie? (hide spoiler)] Oh, I went on a tangent there. This might also have something to do with the fact that I am ace and like... I don't see anyone that way and am not interested whatsoever in doing that? Oh well...However, I must say that I enjoyed the friendship he had with Shane. And the Travers family was also fantastic. One thing about Hutch's books is family relationships. FML? (view spoiler)[I don't think they showed Simon's family at all (hide spoiler)] Five Stages of Andrew Brawley? (view spoiler)[Ben's family is dead (hide spoiler)] We Are The Ants? (view spoiler)[Henry's father left them, and while it developed in such an amazing way, the family at first was not my favorite thing (hide spoiler)] At The Edge of the Universe? (view spoiler)[I don't remember much about the family that I recall. I need to reread this book (hide spoiler)] So yeah... Making sense? I hope so. I loved Oliver's family so so much. We didn't get to see them that much but on the morning and night that Oliver received his Deathday Letter, but I loved them regardless. It is crystal clear how much the family loves each other. The relationship between Oliver and Ronnie was okay. I didn't like it as much, which is hard for me to like LOVE a relationship but I find myself rooting for it usually, and here I didn't. But at the same time, I liked their friendship. Like if there hadn't been any relationship stuff in here, and it had just been Oliver hanging with his best friends, I would have enjoyed it so much more. Some of the things Oliver did were just amazing and I loved it. (view spoiler)[Jumping off a bridge and running to a lighthouse and just having an awesome time, THAT WAS AMAZING! (hide spoiler)] This is what would make me give it 4 stars out of 5. But then we keep progressing... (view spoiler)[to the shoplifting and then going to a strip club that they didn't even manage to get in and then going to smoke pot... like here the novel fell for me. And then we get all this thing of Ollie almost sleeping with Hurricane and then Ronnie all mad and here was where I was like "Ollie? Could you please keep your dick in your pants for one second?" But then we go to the drinking with Shane in which I loved (as I said already) their friendship. And then finally Shane comes out to Ollie and they have like this sweet moment? I loved that. And then they go home and spend time with Ollie's mom and dad and grandma? I loved that too. And when he mentions Shane was part of the family was also adorable. If anything, I know it was stated that Ollie's and Shane's mothers are friends? I would've loved to see Shane's family here as well. (hide spoiler)]Now that I went to the aspects that I loved and didn't like much, I must talk about the concept of Deathday Letters. It is pretty interesting (view spoiler)[how some see it as a good thing so you can prepare for goodbyes and all, but some as a bad stuff cuz well, yeah. CUDDLE was an interesting thing that I wish was explored a bit more (hide spoiler)] but I wish there was more to it. Part of me is satisfied it isn't explained much but some part of me wishes like it had taken a bigger part of the story, rather than just being a ticket for Ollie. But now let's talk about that ending, man. We all know he was gonna die, but (view spoiler)[the fact that he died like that... It was like "Ah noo..." so so disappointing. But like I accept it. The death was pretty final, and very sudden, kind of unexpected? But still kind of sad-ish... He died because of the pudding. Something that Ronnie hates. And now that I am thinking about it will hate even more now knowing... like... Poor Ronnie. Her father was so worried she would die a bit along with Ollie, and she did. She was in the car waiting for Ollie, and he dies... It also makes me wonder... What if Ronnie had picked up the pudding? Would she have died? Would Ollie have died some other way? This is what CUDDLE was about. I NEED MORE FROM THEM AND THEIR THEORIES LOL. (hide spoiler)]In the end, this was a good book. I get from it what I have gotten from every Hutch's book, which is me loving the side characters (view spoiler)[even if I didn't love Ronnie that much (hide spoiler)] and the relationships they have with our main character. Makeshift families? I enjoy that concept. The writing style is so Hutch, but like I said before, here was more like a statement of "Teenagers are horny all the time," and I mean maybe? I guess? I am not sure but okay... but I did laugh several times while reading this book. There were funny moments, and I loved Shane and Ollie's friendship. I loved the Travers family. I liked the concept of the Deathday Letter... This book was okay. I give it 60/100. Which if I do the math would be 3/5 stars, which I can live by. Because I usually try to base myself on the star ratings here, and they say that 2 stars would be "It was okay" and 2 stars is just too low. It would happen to be my least favorite book written by Hutch, but I still love his books and the messages he tries to get across, even though I feel there was not much of a message here except live to the fullest. (view spoiler)[As Ollie's tattoo says: (hide spoiler)]"Carpe Mortediem!"

  • Jessica Dillon
    2019-05-05 21:12

    I havent read anything like this before. I really enjoyed it. Its a 4.5 star rating from me. Poor Ollie - right from the very first page the author tells us he is going to die, nothing will change. Its inevitable. But still, I kept hoping they would find a loophole :( This has got to be one of the messed up/halirious/pretty awesome way to spend your last day on Earth. This book centers around a world where everyone receives a 'deathday letter' around 24 hours before they are going to die. And asks the question... Is it a good thing to have warning and be able to fix mistakes and say your goodbyes, or is it in fact, terrible and its better to be oblivious. Im still unsure. A few times whilst reading I was in hysterics. I am no prude, haha, but there was about 20 different ways of saying masterbating in this book - which made me think, 'ummmm, ew' a few times LOL. I love reading books written from a male perspective (and to be honest, I havent really read many books from male authors either) - so it made a really nice change. I loved how Ollie could accept homosexuals, loved his Nan, cared deeply for his family. I hated that he died a virgin. You evil beyutch Ronnie. LOL. This was a nice quick read and leaves you still thinking about it, long after you turn the last page :) Ill definately check out any future books Mr Hutchinson writes :) An awesome and very funny debut!!

  • Amy Y.
    2019-04-23 21:20

    The Deathday Letter is about a 15 year old boy named Ollie whos' only interest are girls and sex. But one day, he recieves a letter in the mail telling him that he only has 24 hours to live. Ollie and his best friend undergoes all of these ludicrous adventures including smoking pot, facing his fears and best of all, setting things right for with his ex-girlfriend. Ollie tries to convince the love of his life to take him back after the break-up. Thats all he wants before he dies, one last love.This book is amazing! When I began to read it, I was already hooked in the beginning! I love how Shaun David formats the chapters as the time Ollie has left to live. The plot is so breathtaking and adequete. However, some details were a little too provactive for my taste and the Shaun's writing pays attention to the protagonist's actions instead of setting, which I find very interesting. I also think that the ending was horrible. Shaun shouldn't have ended the book this way! He left me hanging!Overall, if I would've rated this book on a scale between 1-10, I would've given it a 9.5 because of it's plot, originality, sense of style and writing skills.

  • Sherrie Petersen
    2019-05-11 23:08

    Where do I even begin? Ollie has 24 hours to live, only he isn't sure how to spend his last day on earth. He just knows he wants to be with his friends and family, as long as they don't get all mushy on him. This book had me laughing from the beginning. I mean, if you don't like penis jokes or 15-year-old boys who masturbate, then this probably isn't the book for you because seriously, that's just the first page.Somehow, Shaun David Hutchinson has managed to create a poignant, coming of age story for a boy who admits he's a jerk. About halfway through I wanted to put it down because I was so mad at how how badly he was screwing up his last day, but by then I was too far gone, too sucked into his life to walk away. And I'm glad I didn't. Ollie's story had me laughing out loud one minute and crying the next. Being a teenager is confusing, but it's amazing how quickly you can figure things out when the clock is ticking. An excellent debut.

  • Tracy Fleming-Swehla
    2019-05-22 00:33

    "Live every day like it's your last". In this story, people receive a letter 24 hours prior to their death, so they get to live their last day knowing this is their last day. That alone made me want to read this book - what a cool idea. It was an interesting idea intertwined with a nice story.*spoiler now*I was very bothered by the fact that Ollie's deathday letter led to his death, though. What would've happened had he NOT received the letter and NOT have been in the position to be hit by that particular car? I guess the letter could represent your death, and when your number is up, it's just up and you die. And maybe there's no way around that.For me, the story itself takes a backseat to a world where people get 24-hour notice. I liked this: "[The letters] let us finish some of our unfinished business. But they're cruel, too, because...they don't give you enough time to finish something that's only just begun." Really interesting concept!

  • Braiden
    2019-05-20 00:13

    After having The Deathday Letter by Shaun David Hutchinson on my shelf since last year, I had finally gotten around to reading it. I am happy that I did read it, because it had told me a lot about myself and the so many things I need, desire or want to do before I escape this world. However, there were parts which kind of didn't interest me, as although some of what they did is what many boys/girls desire to try out before they grow too old or die, they weren't necessarily activities that I want to do or try. So half of the time I didn't connect with the characters. But with that being said, Ollie felt like a real person; a real teenage boy. The teen boy's desires were executed perfectly but like I said, not perfectly with mine. Shane and Veronica also seemed real while reading. The relationship between Ronnie (Veronica) and Ollie was weird but it worked. This is a book that puts you in deep-thought however addressing a few sexual and illegal activities. More to 3.5 stars.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-10 02:34

    I love this book.As a girl, I found it freakily fascinating to read about the thoughts of a typical fifteen year-old boy. The narrator shamelessly lets readers into the gross, horny world of the boys I never understood in high school. At times he even attempts to explain what it is that makes boys so icky and unbearable in their teen years. This is the side of the book that made me laugh until my stomach hurt and wince and remember just what it was like to be in high school with guys that cracked sex-jokes all the time, acted weird, and were maddeningly inaccessible. Oliver can't help but be funny and lovable because he's so raw, so real, and so honest about everything. The other aspect of the book, that this typical boy has one day left to live, had me crying like a ninny and loving him. It was dirty, funny, sweet, romantic, epic--just a perfect, powerful microcosm of life (and death).

  • Shane Ostrom
    2019-04-23 02:19

    Ollie Travers is a typical teenage boy that only thinks about sex, food, girls, and sex. He receives the infamous deathday letter in the mail that says he will die in 24 hours so he decides to go out with a bang. He goes on crazy adventures with his best friend but all he truly wants to do is make things right with the girl of his dreams. I was thrilled with the humor thrown into the book and I was relatively disappointed at how tedious it got at times but it was pretty easy to overlook due to it's somewhat shallow, but incredibly meaningful look on carpe diem like philosophies. It's an easy 3-4 stars but was so entertaining I had to give it 5.

  • Kylene
    2019-05-10 00:17

    Oliver lives in a world where you get a Deathday letter 24 hours before you're going to die. It gives you time to say goodbye to everyone and possibly do things you wanted to do but haven't had the chance. The problem is, Oliver is only 15. This story takes us on a journey through Oliver's last day. From skipping school to trying to lose his virginity. Its a sad plot line but written in a very enjoyable way. I think Hutchinson did a great job of making me laugh out loud through most of the book and leaving me wanting to cry at the end.

  • Terri
    2019-05-08 01:11

    so i decided to read this book because i really enjoyed deadline by chris crutcher and they share an idea of knowing you are going to die and trying to do everything to make your mark on the world before it happenswhen i first started reading deathday i wasn't sure i was going to enjoy it...the nature of the humor in the book was unexpected and i wasn't really liking it...then i took a step back and approached the book from a different angle mentally and i found that i really enjoyed it...the things he learns and comes to understand about himself i'm still struggling with as an adult

  • Stormy
    2019-05-21 04:24

    Everyone that gets a Deathday Letter dies exactly 24 hours later. On the dot. Whether its because they get the letter or whether the letter is to give you warning to say goodbye, nobody knows. Nobody really even cares where they come from, except the CUDDLE. You will read about them. :)Oliver receives his one morning and sets out to have a day that will fulfill his deathday experience and give his friends a day to remember. Excitement, weed, mistakes, arguments, laughs, and tears; this story is one of a kind.

  • Tracy
    2019-05-01 21:27

    There is something very real about Ollie in The Deathday Letter. He walks off the page and it is as if he's sitting right next to you. What happens in the book is typical coming of age stuff and the plot itself isn't anything new. But in Hutchinson's hands it's brilliant. I can't even fully explain how he does it but all I know is that I started the book this morning and I couldn't put it down until i finished it. A must read.^She or he says it all.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-06 21:20

    What would you do if 24 hours(ish) before you died, you got a letter letting you know it was your last day on Earth? How would you sieze the day? That's pretty much what Oliver (Ollie) is trying to figure out when his letter comes, how will he spend his last day. It's a pretty interesting concept and very well played out my the author. Ollie is a very realistic portrayel of a 15 year old boy (down to the MANY sexual references and euphemisms) definitly solid YA book not intended for middle grades at all. Great read.

  • BL834
    2019-05-19 20:34

    The only reason I read this book is because it was recommended on Unshelved ( Like the reviewer, I was intrigued by the "what would you do if you had 24 hours left" idea, but didn't really expect to be pulled into a 15-year-old boy's head while considering the question. I laughed a lot, even as I cried. (I cried through most of the second half of the book, to be honest. Not necessarily because it was sad, but because it was exactly right.)

  • Jody Sparks
    2019-04-23 20:22

    I never had a brother, but I feel like Ollie could have been mine. He's just saying what all us girls are hoping isn't actually true. And even despite the crass, the single-mindedness, and the laziness Ollie brings to the table, he's lovable. This book is more than hilarious, it has heart. I love the way Ollie struggles to put it all together in 24 hours, forgives himself his flaws, and seizes the day.

  • Emily
    2019-05-18 21:29

    The sad fact about this book? It's me. The humor, the family, the friends. That is my life. It's so perfectly a description of what goes on in my head. And I'm an adult female. Wonder what that says about me, having the mind of a teenage boy?Eh, who cares.I recommend this to someone who isn't looking for a happy ending in books, but a crazy hilarious journey to an inevitable end.