The Wrap-Up List
has basically the same premise as Shaun Hutchinson's 2010 novel, The Deathday Letter
, which is that sometimes people get letters telling them they are going to die, and the main character is one of those people. Steven Arntson takes this in a completely different direction though, one that is lighter, younger, less serious, and less funny. *not that there's anything wrong with that.*The Wrap-Up List
is a cute story that is easy to recommend to younger YA readers. It dances on the surface of the idea of knowing when you will die and that it will be tomorrow, but there's no real depth explored here. Gabriela, the MC, doesn't believe that she will die. She knows she will get her "pardon," a convenient way out of death (not present in The Deathday Letter
), and it's no surprise at the end when she does and the whole story ends happily, with a lot of kisses and a silly dance party.