[e-ARC] They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera

**Thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review**

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Details & Summary

Title: They Both Die at The End
Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 384

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

My thoughts…

“But no matter what choices we make – solo or together – our finish line remains the same … No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.”

You all know how much I love Adam Silvera. He tells powerful and emotional stories with realistic, diverse characters and a clear, hopeful message woven through the book. They Both Die at the End is no different. Even though it’s my least favourite of his so far, it’s still a very good book I’ll recommend to anyone who’ll listen to me.

At the start of the book, Mateo and Rufus have one thing in common: Death-Cast calls and tells them they’re both going to die on the same day. This might sound cliché and like an opportunity to shove the same old “carpe diem” slogan down people’s throat, but I promise this book goes beyond that. There’s no danger of rolling your eyes until they hurt.

Don’t get me wrong: They Both Die at The End inspires its readers to live the life you want or always envisioned for yourself without fear holding you back. It’s also about forgiving yourself for mistakes you’ve made along the way. Mateo and Rufus carry out these messages perfectly.

Mateo is an anxious but precious Puerto-Rican boy who regrets not taking more risks, doing more, and, basically, living more when he gets his call. He sets out to go out and do things and I felt so sorry for him knowing he has to cram a whole life of living into one day. Luckily he gets helps from his Life Friend, Rufus, a Cuban-American bisexual boy who’s a bit rough around the edges and has a few skeletons in his closet but is also a complete sweetheart. Together, they make a great team.

Honestly, their friendship was developed to perfection. Mateo being Mateo didn’t trust Rufus at all at first and there was a point where I was sure Rufus would give up on Mateo since Mateo’s anxiety stopped him from leaving his bedroom and doing things Rufus didn’t think twice about. But he doesn’t. Together, Mateo and Rufus experience as much as they can while also dealing with the hard stuff, like saying goodbye to Mateo’s dad who’s in a coma and saying goodbye to their friends. They grow closer, which was inevitable, and, without spoiling anything, I think the development of their relationship and the way it came to a pinnacle was done the right way.

As with all of Adam Silvera’s books, the characters are the stars. Mateo and Rufus are wonderful, but I also have to commend Silvera for fleshing out three-dimensional, realistic side characters such as the Plutos – Rufus’s friends – and Lidia, Mateo’s best friend and a single mom.

“You may be born into family, but you walk into friendships. Some you’ll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth every risk.”

Aside from the characters, Silvera’s writing is as beautiful, poetic, and meaningful as ever. He manages to find the right balance between happy, light moments and feelings, and deep, raw emotions that will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book.

The only downside to this book and the reason why I prefer History is All You Left Me and More Happy than Not is the pacing. I found it hard to get into the first couple of chapters. Yes, I liked both main characters separately but, for me, the real story didn’t kick off until they met up. And even though I understand why he did it, I’m also not the biggest fan of the many POVs, but that’s probably a personal preference (also, I wanted to read about Rufus and Mateo as much as possible).     

They Both Die at the End is a story about two young boys who find out they’re going to die within the next 24 hours. Contrary to what you might think, this book isn’t all about death. It’s about life and how you choose to live it, about learning to take risks, about forgiving yourself, about being the person you’ve always wanted to be, and, above all, about not being afraid to live and love until the very last moment.

Rating

Real Rating: 4,5 / 5

19 thoughts on “[e-ARC] They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera

    • 😮 I’ll pretend I didn’t see that so we can still be friends
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      Okay, just kidding 😄
      But you should definitely still read one/all of his books!

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  1. Oh I’m so happy you got to read that one already, Lauren, and that you loved it 🙂 I’m sorry to hear about the pacing though – I’m not such a fan of multiple POV either and I think that whenever I’ll get around to reading it, I might have the same issue as you, I would want the characters to just MEET ALREADY, especially with a synopsis like that. I’m glad you loved the characters so much! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Marie!
      I can’t tell you how happy and excited I was when I got approved for the e-ARC. I requested it a long time ago and I thought it wasn’t going to happen…and then it did 🙂

      The characters are always the highlight for me. Adam Silvera makes them very real, like friends you’ve known for a long time. I hope you like it when you get a chance to read it! 🙂

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    • It’s a pretty hyped book since most people who’ve read a book by Adam Silvera really love his writing style. But it’s definitely not for everyone 🙂
      Thanks for commenting!

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    • Thank you so much!

      It was, wasn’t it? 🙂
      Haha, that’s Adam Silvera for you. I’m always a puddle of emotions after reading one of his books but I love him for it 😀 ❤

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