Book Review: They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera



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.



Do me a favor and read the title again.

Now, look at me. Tell me that this will book will not break your heart. 

Adam Silvera did it again! I couldn’t believe I fell for his trap the second time around. His works will always have a special place in my heart (and in my shelf). They Both Die at the End is one of those books you’ll find yourself opening when you need a tear-jerking plot to complement your moody phases

Set in a day when people receive a notification a day before their death, we follow Rufus and Mateo, two strangers who somehow found their way to each other through an app called “The Last Friend.” It’s a story of self-discovery, friendship, and making the most of your remaining time on earth.

Death has always been a delicate subject to me, but Silvera’s writing makes the idea of death bearable. I’ve always been afraid of the concept of death. And as much as it scares me, I can’t help but think about what Mateo and Rufus has gone through on their last 24 hours.

This book, like all his other books, will make you feel a lot. It makes you want to live every day like it’s your last day – that you should take risks and not waste time.

This book is powerful, and for a young adult contemporary, it speaks volumes. Please read this book. It will make you value family and friendship while holding your heart together.

They Both Die at the End is also officially in the works at HBO to be adapted into a series! No official release dates yet, but we’ll be on the lookout!





Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at the EndMore Happy Than NotHistory Is All You Left Me, and What If It’s Us with Becky Albertalli. All his novels have received multiple starred reviews. He was born and raised in New York. He lives in Los Angeles and is tall for no reason.

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