Synopses & Reviews
Gabrielas wrap-up list :
1. First kiss for Iris
2. First kiss for Sarena
3. First Kiss for Raahi
4. First kiss for me -from Sylvester
In this modern-day suburban town, one percent of all fatalities come about in the most peculiar and unusual way. Deaths—8 foot tall, silver-gray creatures—send a letter to whoever is chosen for a departure, telling them to wrap-up their lives and do what they always wanted to do before they have to depart. When sixteen year old Gabriela receives a letter from her Death, she is, of course, devastated. Can she complete her wrap-up list with a week to live? Will she kiss her crush Sylvester before it's too late?
"Quirky, charming and life-affirming, supernatural style."
—Kirkus, starred review
VOYA Top Shelf for Middle School Readers 2013 list
* "Quirky, charming and life-affirming, supernatural style."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"With a strong mystery at its core and fantasy elements, this has potential to appeal to a wide range of readers."
"Fans of Lois Lowry's Giver quartet will most likely appreciate this imaginative tale."
"The fantastical nature of Departures allows the book to stay lighthearted, even as Gabriela explores some of her deepest fears and existential questions. . . .The Wrap-Up List is likely to appeal to fans of the end-of-life issues genre."
When 16-year old Gabriela's death is foretold by a letter, she must complete her "wrap-up list" before she's forced to say goodbye forever in this smart, funny, compelling, and mysterious young adult novel.
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 its too late? Friendship, first love, and fantasy artfully mesh in this magically realistic world that ultimately celebrates life.
About the Author
Steven Arnston is a writer and musician who lives in Seattle, Washington. He has an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. He is also the author of The Wikkeling.