They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

Book - 2017 | First edition
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In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: FICTION SIL
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780062457790


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Jan 14, 2021

I've been meaning to read this book for a while, and I'm so glad I finally did - this story is insanely beautiful and made me realize the extent of our mortality. This novel explores friendship, love, mental health, and life and death.

Jan 12, 2021

They Both Die at the End is a book filled with roller coaster emotions. It follows the story of two boys, Mateo, and Rufus. They are both dying. They connect through this app to spend their last day alive with each other. Their relationship at the beginning starts off as strangers. That slowly turns into something more than that. I love how the author connects all these different people in the story. The ending is very abrupt, and I feel like the author could add some more detail. The author developed each character wonderfully with many details. Overall the book was hard to put down, and it ended up teaching me some life lessons.

They Both Die at the End has left me speechless. It was so realistic that you felt like you knew the main characters, like they were your personal friends. The author delivered the story in a way that made you appreciate life. Lessons were taught. Character growth was evident on every page. Even though the ending was soul crushing it was a great book and I would really recommend you read it ASAP!

Dec 21, 2020

‘They Both Die At The End’ by Adam Silvera is a heartbreaking YA and LGBT novel about two teenage boys, Rufus and Mateo, as they spend their last day together. This story is set in New York City on September 5, 2017 (which is also the publication date for this book…. Yay, easter egg)! It starts off with DeathCast. The company who calls you to tell you that you’re gonna die within the next 24 hours. This doesn’t mean you have the whole 24 hours though. In fact, you could die within 5 seconds of that phone call and it would still count. (Fun, right)? Eventually Rufus and Mateo friend one another and then we follow them through the adventures of their last day. Mateo and Rufus have such complex backgrounds (which I won’t spoil for you…. you’re welcome) and reading through their day and watching the character development was enjoyable. It was also really interesting how the author was able to make it seem like you were reading about a lifetime when you were actually only reading about one day. This book is so good. Seriously. It’s amazing. It is a bit emotionally chaotic though. You’ll feel some new emotion every chapter. I couldn’t stop crying after reading this book. I found myself thinking about it for days after finishing the book. The POV's of the book are also really interesting. The author blends them together very subtly so it’s hard to notice at first read (unless I’m just oblivious). When I read the book again, it was so much fun to look through the chapters and put the pieces together. I felt like a detective or something. It was also really interesting to see how the author uses side characters to create a more complex storyline. Each of these side characters had their own lives and feelings. So if you think about it, for them, Rufus and Mateo were the side characters in their story. It reminded me of the butterfly effect, how one action sets off a domino effect for others. I will warn you though, if you have a faint heart, or if you can’t handle intense emotions. DON’T READ THIS BOOK. The amount of emotions that this book radiates is insane. Every page and every chapter brings on more emotions (most of it is sadness and hopelessness as you watch them live their final hours). The way the author wrote this book will make you get extremely attached to the characters. (I know it did for me). Whenever they were happy, I was happy. Whenever they realized that they were going to die today, I felt sad and helpless because I couldn’t help them. That’s actually something that I really liked about this book. Granted, It had me bawling my eyes out for days after reading it. In fact, I still think about it now. It’s one of those stories that’ll never really leave your mind. If this was a book review on Goodreads or something, I would give the book 5 stars. It truly deserves it. I said it before and I'll say it again, this book is amazing. If you can handle grief and are willing to be a depressed couch potato for a few days, go ahead and read this book. You won’t regret it. And if you end up reading this book before or on September 5, I guess you can celebrate Mateo and Rufus’ death day too.

Dec 20, 2020

One of the most marvelous books I've ever read. They both die in the end, but that isn't the point. They have one, just one more day to be alive, to know what living is. They know they are going to die, but they don't know when, and in what means, why, and how to live their last hours of their life. But as soon as their paths cross, it's all spontaneous, wondrous, and shows realistically just what a last day can be like. There's so much to do, so much love that blossoms, but so little time. "They Both Die At The End" portrays the beauty of exceeding your life in those last few minutes, and no matter how much wonder and happy tears exist, it comes to an end, even on those beautiful days of hope.

Nov 04, 2020

this was such a bittersweet book discussed themes of identity, inevitable death and just pure sadness. i loved it. this hit me in my emotions, maybe because getting attached to the characters was so easy or maybe the writing was beautiful. warning: it's not an easy book to read because death is a very big topic (duh), if you don't feel comfortable with death i would not recommend clearly.

Aug 28, 2020

I really could not get into this book. Maybe because it was a story about being cheated out of youth by death. There was a lot of going back and forth between characters which made it somewhat disjointed.

Aug 15, 2020

Keep the tissues handy, even though you are warned by the title you really don't see the end coming.

Aug 13, 2020

'They Both Die At The End' is a bittersweet story that tells the tale of two teenage boys who discover that they are going to die by the end of the day. Join the two on their adventure as they attempt to live an entire lifetime in a single day. This is a heartfelt story filled with self-discovery, tragedy, and romance. I highly recommend it!

Jul 30, 2020

The concept of knowing the day you’ll die (albeit not exactly when) gives readers a good hook to explore what else Silvera has in store. We follow two perspectives, Mateo— a young guy who hasn’t gotten out much in the world and is determined to make the most of his Final Day despite the fact that he will be leaving his comatose father behind— and Rufus— someone who has already lost so much in life and doesn’t want to go out alone after his own circle of friends becomes unavailable due to the vindictive boyfriend of his ex.
We get to follow these two different characters as they spend their last day on Earth together, learning about their lives as they open up to one another.
What I love so much about it is the fact that the characters come more and more to life as the book progresses and that the final notes of the book hit on the cyclical nature of life and death.

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Aug 15, 2020

"When someone puts their journey out there for you to watch, you pay attention - even if you know they'll die at the end."

Sep 27, 2019

"Maybe it's better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs." -Adam Silvera

Sep 27, 2019

"Sometimes the truth is a secret you're keeping from yourself because living a lie is easier." -Adam Silvera


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