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.
""Quirky, charming and life-affirming, supernatural style.""
—Kirkus, 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.""
—School Library Journal