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Posted September 5, 2013
Gabriela Rivera is just your normal, everyday sixteen year old g
Gabriela Rivera is just your normal, everyday sixteen year old girl. She loves to hang out with her friends, she has a huge crush on a boy named Sylvester, and she has just received her death letter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Okay...so maybe she is not so normal.
In this book by Steven Arnston, one percent of all fatalities in the world are brought about by these death letters. Letters sent by various deaths to unsuspecting humans letting them know they have only a certain amount of time left to live. In that time they must write their wrap-up list, A list of what exactly they want to accomplish before their remaining time comes to an end.
After the initial shock of receiving the letter, Gabriela gets to work on her own list. First kisses for her and all of her friends...and a pardon.
Everyone wishes for a pardon, because a pardon from your assigned death is the only thing that can save your life. The catch: she needs to figure out her death's secret weakness.
With the help of her friends, her dead grandfather, and her secret crush, Gabriela may just have a chance at staying alive.
I loved this book. It had a dark feel to it, but a beautifully dark feel. The concept of being escorted from the living world by an assigned death makes leaving the living behind seem a bit more bearable. In this wonderful story, you do not go alone.
Posted August 19, 2013
Reviewed by Avery, age 9 What if you knew when you would die and
Reviewed by Avery, age 9Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
What if you knew when you would die and you found out by a letter and a tall creepy Death ready to take you away? That is what Gabriela is dealing with and she is only sixteen. What could be worse than dying and never kissing the crush of your life? But Gabriella knows there is a way around her dying but she will need to be smarter than Death and figure out what his secret weakness is and if she does, she can trick Death into letting her live.
“In the past three hundred years, he’s given two Pardons aside from your grandfather’s. And both were also transferred.”
This was a fun book that really makes you think a lot of all the things we want to do before we die but will we ever get the chance since we never know when that will be? Gabrielle is a very smart girl and I think readers will be able to relate to her a lot.
*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*
*You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review
Posted March 25, 2013
Posted January 10, 2013
Enjoyable book with sweet romantic elements.
The Wrap-up List features a cast of diverse and fun to read about characters. They feature diversity in their backgrounds, religious preferences, race, and in their sexual identities, but it features a beautiful friendship.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Gabriela is the main character, and she receives a letter from Death, a magical type creature that escorts you basically to the afterlife, telling her that she has a week to live. She can make requests and she can be given a hint about Death's weakness in order to grant a pardon, meaning basically that she gets to live. Gabriela is typical teenager at first, but then she begins to think of others with her list, and looks into her past to her brave and patriotic grandfather who died a hero in battle for clues.
Along the journey to first kisses, she learns a lot about herself and about her friends as well. It is a quick and enjoyable story, and I especially liked the slap stick type humor when Hercule showed up on the scene.
The only thing that I wish were different is a little more explanation about when and how the letters started as well as some sort of context for the upcoming war. It left me with a lot of questions, but once I put that aside, and if you readers can look over that, I think you will enjoy.
I really like how religion is handled in this book, that it is something that her family does, and she questions it of course, and she has heart to hearts with her priest, but it is not made a big deal out of and it is shown in every day context... Meaning not preachy and well done.
I also wish that there was more ground work on why Gabriela had a crush on Sylvester, but then again, I suppose that is really how romantic infatuations are... We know little about the person, but we see how they look and know about their public persona, and we are drawn to them. I do think it is well done how they are drawn together, and that it is not instant fall at your feet love, but that it hints the beginning of a possible relationship, and acting out on mutual attraction. It was also well done how two of her friends got together, although again with the third it just seemed like it happened with no real indicators from the other person, but I also guess that the Influence of death worked to escalate things that were already there under the surface.
As for the plot, it was well paced, and the ending tied everything up very well, and I was satisfied when I put the book down.
Bottom Line: Enjoyable book with sweet romantic elements.
Posted August 28, 2014
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