Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: Romance, Adventure Fiction, Fiction, LGBTQ+ Fiction, Contemporary
Publish Date: September 5, 2017
Date Read: June 18, 2019
Number of Pages: 373
Summary on Back:
“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.”
My friend and I were talking about books we liked one day and she told me that this was a book I absolutely had to read. I’m so glad she recommended it to me. I instantly fell in love with this book. It had the right amount of romance and adventure and I could not put it down.
I liked the way the book was set up. Each chapter had a time stamp. Most were either from Rufus or Mateo’s perspectives, but some were also from others’ perspectives. You were able to see some firsthand reactions of the friends realizing that their own friends were going to die that day and there was no way to know how. The parts were also set up to mirror what part of the day it was and how close they were to their end.
*spoiler alert : read at your own risk*
There were definitely some moments where I cried. The first time I cried was probably the time when Mateo went to say goodbye to his dad. It was such an emotional moment regardless of how brief. I also cried during the ending scenes when Mateo played “Your Song” for Rufus and right before Mateo died. The worst was when Rufus was hoping that Mateo wasn’t dead and followed him to the hospital and then wrote the letter for Mateo’s dad.
I let myself hope for a little bit when they were in their little circle of safety that nothing bad would happen and that they would end up proving Death Cast wrong and actually living. Sadly, that was not the case.
Not everything was sad though. Their love story was sweet. The moment when they were in the park and Rufus realized Mateo was into him and decided that Mateo was going to make the first move for the first time in his life was absolutely adorable. Their first kiss together was also really cute. All in all, I loved their ship, they were amazing together.
"Stories can make someone immortal as long as someone else is willing to listen."