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.
New York Times bestseller * 4 starred reviews * A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * A Kirkus Best Book of the Year * A Booklist Editors' Choice of 2017 * A Bustle Best YA Novel of 2017 * A Paste Magazine Best YA Book of 2017 * A Book Riot Best Queer Book of 2017 * A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year * A BookPage Best YA Book of the Year
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.
In the tradition of Before I Fall and If I Stay, They Both Die at the End is a tour de force from acclaimed author Adam Silvera, whose debut, More Happy Than Not, the New York Times called “profound.”
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Streetwise Rufus and introverted Mateo meet through an app for “Deckers”—people who've been alerted to their imminent death via the morbidity-warning service Death-Cast. On their final day on Earth and first day as friends, the two hit the streets of New York City to tie up loose ends with their loved ones while wringing out as much life experience as they can. Adam Silvera’s action-filled novel places Rufus and Mateo’s blossoming bond right at its heart, making a tender but powerful statement about how taking a chance on another person can develop into something wondrous, even if just for one day.
Soon after Rufus Emeterio, 17, and Mateo Torrez, 18, receive midnight phone calls from Death-Cast, a service that notifies those with less than 24 hours to live, the New York City teenagers connect via the Last Friend app and decide to spend their final hours together. Both have been dealt harsh hands even before getting the call: Mateo's mother died giving birth to him and his father's in a coma. Rufus is the only survivor of a car crash that killed his entire family. Over the course of an eventful day, these thoughtful young men speak honestly and movingly about their fate, their anger at its unfairness, and what it means to be alive, until their budding friendship organically turns into something more. Each tells his part of the story in alternating, time-stamped chapters. Other voices mostly friends from Rufus's foster home and people they encounter fill out the narrative, revealing the influence both boys have had on those around them. It hardly matters that the title telegraphs the ending; it's still heartbreaking when it arrives. Ages 14 up.
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This book is absolutely beautiful. Mateo and Rufus were so easy to love and hard to let go. I don’t know how I feel about love at first sight, but I know their love for each other is real. It breaks my heart that they didn’t break the system and have a happy ending.
But at the same time, if they didn’t die at the end, I wouldn’t have cried under my covers and put my own life into perspective. I wouldn't have learned to live my life and take risks like there’s no tomorrow. Because tomorrow might not come.
As far as the message goes, I love it. It does frustrate me that Mateo learned to live and found love on his End Day because he’s so pure and deserves all the happiness. But I love the theme of having one last chance to make it right and taking it.
I felt like I was there with them every step of the way. Experiencing it with them. From the character’s first hello, to their last moments together I felt connected to them. Like I’ve known them my whole life. And that makes the ending harder for me.
Overall, this book is raw and delicious. I have a lot of respect for this book. It changed my life and it’s definitely my favorite book of all time. I hope this book touches everyone who reads it. Just like it did me.
It was a good book that had expanded my views on certain things—life and death and such. I had experienced so many emotions and while reading I was hoping that the title was misleading cause I had grown attached the the characters. I didn’t think I would originally like it because of the fact that the title gives away the ending however at the end it was a lovely story put together wonderfully. Needless to say I very much recommend it.
Ok, so I am just a sucker for YA romance or any for that matter, and going into this I just saw the title and was immediately intrigued... I figured woah like that title is insanely deep, I have to read it.. halfway through I am just absolutely in love with these characters and I feel so connected to them!! Showing where they come from, especially Rufus, shows the importance of understanding the people around you.. and don’t even get me started on the last sentence.. JUST AMAZING!! DEFINITELY RECOMMEND 😭