They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Published by HarperTeen on September 5th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
When Mateo receives the dreaded call from Death-Cast, informing him that today will be his last, he doesn’t know where to begin. Quiet and shy, Mateo is devastated at the thought of leaving behind his hospitalised father, and his best friend and her baby girl. But he knows that he has to make the most of this day, it’s his last chance to get out there and make an impression.
Rufus is busy beating up his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend when he gets the call. Having lost his entire family, Rufus is no stranger to Death-Cast. Not that it makes it any easier. With bridges to mend, the police searching for him and the angry new boyfriend on his tail, it’s time to run.
Isolated and scared, the boys reach out to each other, and what follows is a day of living life to the full. Though neither of them had expected that this would involve falling in love…
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera is the one of the most beautifully heartbreaking stories I have read in a long time. Guys, I cried. Legit tears. I haven’t cried from reading a book before.
It follows Mateo and Rufus as they get their End Day calls in the early hours of the morning. They now have god only knows how many hours left of their lives to live. Both deciding they don’t want to involve their loved ones, they sign up for an app called Last Friend. They meet up as strangers and spend their last day on Earth together.
They Both Die at the End is not about loss. It is about living life to the fullest and not being afraid to do something in the moment. Take life by the horns and make it your bitch! It is about how powerful a friendship is. Friends will be there for you through thick and thin. They will push you to be a better version of you! It’s about love and opening your heart to all the possibilities. Love is a powerful thing.
Silvera writes from the heart and from experience. He speaks in that teenager mindset well. The character interactions and personalities fit the story well. I definitely connected with a little bit of both characters. Mateo was sweet, sheltered, and afraid to come out of his shell. Rufus was outgoing, strong willed, and loves taking risks wherever possible.
I thought the story was well thought out and planned as it takes place over less than 24 hours! I knew as the day was growing closer to and end, that the boys will also be coming to a end themselves. Sorry, it’s not much of a spoiler. It’s in the title y’all! They both really do die at the end. Even though I knew that and was expecting it, I still wasn’t expecting to fall so madly in love with these boys that the emotions just poured out of me.
Everyone whether you’re a Adam Silvera fan or just a general book lover needs to read this one! Such a beautiful story!
I highly recommend this one if you like friendships, unique concepts, and beautifully flawed characters. Let me know what you guys thought of They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller, and Adam was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.