They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | Review

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | ReviewThey Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Published by HarperTeen on September 5, 2017
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 373
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

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—to live a lifetime in a single day.

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So, I had been hearing great things about Adam Silvera’s novels. Therefore, I just had to finally buy one. I decided to go with They Both Die at the End, and I don’t regret it one bit.

~what i liked~  

  • THE TITLE. I legit picked this book up and my first thought was there is no way that this author wrote a book and literally spoils the reader in the title. It would be such a bold move. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if it was actually a spoiler or not, but let’s just say I couldn’t help but let out a laugh at the end. 
  • There are literally people who call you to tell you when it’s your last day alive. I’ve been contemplating if I’d be okay with this happening. I mean, it would be nice to actually know when your last day is, so that you can say goodbyes and prepare a little bit, but at the same time, I’d almost not want to know so that I can go about my last day alive normally. It’s just crazy to think of a world where there is technology that allows you to know such things. 
  • The characters. This story is told in dual perspectives, which I loved. I ended up falling for both characters, and enjoyed reading each of their perspectives equally, which was nice for once! Rufus has a rougher past and kind of helps Mateo loosen up a bit on their so-called last day alive.  
  • The Last Friend app. Mateo and Rufus both had some funny connections on this app, yet they ended up finding each other, and I’m sure they were both really grateful. 
  • The romance. I didn’t see it coming, but I am so glad that it happened. It all made perfect sense when everything finally slid into place.
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~what i didn’t like~

  • The ending. I loved it, but I hated it at the same time. It left me feeling unfulfilled, which was definitely on purpose. 

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  1. Boo for unfulfilling endings, though since the book still got 5-stars from you, it must have been ok. I laughed when I saw you liked the title, because that was one of the turnoffs for me. It mades the book sound like it's doomed from the start, and I like HEAs. So, though a nope for me, I am glad you enjoyed it.

  2. I really need to read this book. I’ve read two other Adam Silvera books and loved them. I’ve been putting this one off because the title makes it sound very depressing. Great review!

  3. Okay I have to read this now…. even though I'm scared because of obvious reasons (the title)! I'm going to get attached to the characters, I just know it! Lovely review 🙂

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