REVIEW: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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“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.”

Back of the book blurb:

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.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780062457790

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My rating:

            Okay, well… I have a lot to say about this book. I have never read Adam Silvera before They Both Die at the End. But, this premise seemed fucking amazing. And it was! TBDatE was emotional, beautiful, and had so much heart. You’ll be thinking about this one for weeks after you finish.

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

            TBDatE, like the blurb says, starts out with two boys who have been alerted by Death-Cast—an entity that somehow knows the day you’re going to die, but not the exact time or how—that they’re going to die today. Mateo has been paranoid for years and hasn’t really lived, while Rufus has a chip on his shoulder. When they meet up after talking on the Last Friend app, they spend their End Day together trying to make it count.

            Rufus and Mateo aren’t likely friends, but they’re exactly what the other needed. Mateo has been paranoid for years and Rufus is a little broken. Rufus taught Mateo how to really live, while Mateo showed Rufus how to be still. It was absolutely incredible. And when their friendship turns into something more, well, let’s just say that you’re in for some serious heartbreak.

“Maybe it's better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs.”

            Both characters will dig deep into your skin and they won’t let go. Rufus and Mateo will become your best friends and you’ll be mourning them from the beginning. Both boys are so sweet and smart and a little misguided. Watching them figure things out, though, you’ll feel so proud. It truly was an amazing experience. I feel so blessed to have come across such amazing characters.

“People have their time stamps on how long you should know someone before earning the right to say it, but I wouldn't like to you no matter how little time we have. People waste time and wait for the right moment and we don't have that luxury. If we had our entire lives ahead of us I bet you'd get tired of me telling you how much I love you because I'm positive that's the path we were heading on. But because we're about to die, I want to say it as many times as I want--I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you.” 

            I had to put that quote in here because it’s just so beautiful. If you’re needing a good cry, definitely pick up TBDatE. I promise you will shed so many tears. That’s why TBDatE is so smart and wonderful—you read the title and think, “Oh. They’ll figure something out. Adam Silvera wouldn’t actually warn us like this…” But he does. And that’s how life is, too. You think you’re invincible and then you’re not.

 It just makes you think about your own mortality and what you would do if you knew you were about to die. You will definitely have a book hangover after this one!

Happy Reading!
The Wandereader

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