The Wrap-Up List

A Novel by Steven Arntson

Description: In this modern-day suburban town, one percent of all fatalities come about in the most peculiar way. Deaths-eight-foot-tall, silver-gray creatures-send a letter (‘Dear So-and-So, your days are numbered’) to whomever is chosen for a departure, telling them to wrap up their lives and do the things they always wanted to do before they have to ‘depart.’ When sixteen-year-old Gabriela receives her notice, she is, of course devastated. Will she kiss her crush Sylvester before it’s too late? Friendship, first love, and fantasy artfully mesh in this magically realistic world that ultimately celebrates life.

What in the world did I just read? Okay.. well I liked the idea of this book, a death (basically the grim reaper if you will) tells you that you’re basically dying peacefully on a specific day and you need to get your affairs in order… sounds like it could actually be an interesting book with some deep impactful moments and heart breaking gut wrenching revelations or something, right?… but no… it’s just flat and boring. The character spends her entire week that she has, basically complaining about her parents arguing or just driving around doing god knows what with her friends. when you get a note from a death you’re allowed to write a wrap-up list, basically a few things you wanted to do before you leave for the afterworld.. and all of the things she put on her list seemed really dumb to me. I wasn’t impressed with this book. It was slow and boring and at times made absolutely no sense at all! I think the author attempted to do a ‘plot twist’ of sorts at the end, but failed miserably. You can’t have a plot twist when nothing makes sense anyways.

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