Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

33385229 TITLE: They Both Die at the End

AUTHOR: Adam Silvera

PUBLICATION DATE: September 5th, 2018

GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+




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 review

Well, Adam Silvera did it again. He made me fall so completely in love with his world and characters and then proceeded to rip my heart out and stomp all over it. And I can genuinely say I loved every second of it.

The difference with this novel is that you go into it knowing exactly what is going to happen at the end. Somehow, that doesn’t make it any less devastating.

I loved both Rufus and Mateo, but I definitely relate to Mateo a lot more. I’ve struggled with anxiety for almost a decade and although mine isn’t as bad as his, I can definitely see the similarities. Adam wrote Mateo’s anxiety in a way that almost leaps off the page. I think that even someone who doesn’t have much experience with anxiety will even be able to feel it. I’m also a huge musical theater nerd and that was a fun touch that I’ve come to expect of Adam’s novels.

Both of Rufus and Mateo’s stories broke my heart. How can two boys who aren’t even legally allowed to drink know this much trauma? I know there are real people out there with stories similar to both’s, and it just breaks my heart.

Death cast is so unique, yet so simple that I almost want to kick myself for not having come up with it. It’s insane how much would change if we knew the day we are going to die. Adam spun a story that is so real and thought provoking that several times throughout I had to close the book and just think for a few moments. What would I do if I was woken up at midnight with a call letting me know I was going to die that day? After thinking about it for a while, I can safety say I have absolutely no idea what I would do.

This is another amazing story from Adam Silvera that I urge you to check out! After having read this, More Lucky Than Not, and What If It’s Us, Adam is being updated to my ‘auto-buy’ list!!

5 star


I want to take a second to say a very special thank you to my friend Susan who sent me this gorgeous book. Without her it probably would have taken me a lot longer to pick this up. Go show her some love on her blog and twitter!!


16 thoughts on “Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

  1. Lovely review. Personally, though, I’m so tired of tragic LGBTQ stories, no matter how well they are done, so I probably won’t be picking this one up. There are soooo many sad stories that it begins to feel like LGBTQ characters never get a happy ending.

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