I’ve never had the chance to read any of Adam Silvera’s other books and after reading this one, I might need to pick them up. This book was a short contemporary read that I really enjoyed. I ended up flying through this book in about a day and I still haven’t decided if I’m okay with it.
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.
I loved the two main characters and how they were such opposites and yet they connected so well. Sometimes people are just too different from one another but in this case, they were perfect for each other. Even though there were multiple points of view in this book, they were done in the best way possible. Each “chapter” was short and it never got confusing as to who was talking. I also liked the way that whenever a character who wasn’t Mateo or Rufus was the subject of a chapter the author started the chapter the same way.
This book didn’t make me cry because I obviously knew what was going to happen but I could definitely see myself re-reading it and crying if I’m in a mood. I wouldn’t suggest reading this book if you’re looking for something light-hearted but I mean who picks up a book titled They Both Die at the End and expects something happy.
I really like how they both end up finding themselves in each other and ending their last day together. This book was an uplifting read for the LQBTQA+ community because they both end up finding someone on their last day and if they can do it then anyone can. It’s something that every person in the community wants to hear and even though the book is sad, it is also meaningful and wonderful. Obviously, I loved this book and would really recommend it to anyone in the LGBTQA+ community.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a contemporary read that is cute and also sad. This book is a little risque and maybe not for kids younger than 15 but as I’ve said before, everyone knows their own limits and can make their own decisions. I’m definitely going to pick up his books in the future and I hope that maybe you guys decide to pick this book up!