‘They Both Die At The End’ by Adam Silvera is a heartbreaking YA and LGBT novel about two teenage boys, Rufus and Mateo, as they spend their last day together. This story is set in New York City on September 5, 2017 (which is also the publication date for this book…. Yay, easter egg)! It starts off with DeathCast. The company who calls you to tell you that you’re gonna die within the next 24 hours. This doesn’t mean you have the whole 24 hours though. In fact, you could die within 5 seconds of that phone call and it would still count. (Fun, right)? Eventually Rufus and Mateo friend one another and then we follow them through the adventures of their last day. Mateo and Rufus have such complex backgrounds (which I won’t spoil for you…. you’re welcome) and reading through their day and watching the character development was enjoyable. It was also really interesting how the author was able to make it seem like you were reading about a lifetime when you were actually only reading about one day. This book is so good. Seriously. It’s amazing. It is a bit emotionally chaotic though. You’ll feel some new emotion every chapter. I couldn’t stop crying after reading this book. I found myself thinking about it for days after finishing the book. The POV's of the book are also really interesting. The author blends them together very subtly so it’s hard to notice at first read (unless I’m just oblivious). When I read the book again, it was so much fun to look through the chapters and put the pieces together. I felt like a detective or something. It was also really interesting to see how the author uses side characters to create a more complex storyline. Each of these side characters had their own lives and feelings. So if you think about it, for them, Rufus and Mateo were the side characters in their story. It reminded me of the butterfly effect, how one action sets off a domino effect for others. I will warn you though, if you have a faint heart, or if you can’t handle intense emotions. DON’T READ THIS BOOK. The amount of emotions that this book radiates is insane. Every page and every chapter brings on more emotions (most of it is sadness and hopelessness as you watch them live their final hours). The way the author wrote this book will make you get extremely attached to the characters. (I know it did for me). Whenever they were happy, I was happy. Whenever they realized that they were going to die today, I felt sad and helpless because I couldn’t help them. That’s actually something that I really liked about this book. Granted, It had me bawling my eyes out for days after reading it. In fact, I still think about it now. It’s one of those stories that’ll never really leave your mind. If this was a book review on Goodreads or something, I would give the book 5 stars. It truly deserves it. I said it before and I'll say it again, this book is amazing. If you can handle grief and are willing to be a depressed couch potato for a few days, go ahead and read this book. You won’t regret it. And if you end up reading this book before or on September 5, I guess you can celebrate Mateo and Rufus’ death day too.

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