They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062457806
Branch Call Number: TEEN SIL
Teen fiction S PBK
Characteristics: 373 pages


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Spoiler alert! Knowing the ending of this story doesn't take away the heartbreak. Two teenagers spend the last day of their lives together in this alternate reality where everyone is told the day of their death.

123missb Oct 07, 2019

I was completely gutted. Obviously I knew how the story ends, but there is so much heart, so much love in and between these characters, that it is very easy to get attached to them and losing them feels devastating. This novel was beautiful and heartbreaking.

What would you do if you knew today was your last day alive? This speculative novel from Adam Silvera explores what it means to live knowing you're about to die.

Despite the title, this book is a very beautiful and hopeful examination of what makes life worth living.

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loaiza Jan 25, 2020

Going into this, you already know what is going to happen, but the journey to get there is worth it. The moments created between the two main characters are colored by a variety of emotions—heartwarming, heartbreaking, funny, serious, silly—and those moments are incredible to experience through the eyes of these young souls. Despite the sensation of impending doom, this is a beautiful story about what it means to live.

123missb Oct 07, 2019

I was completely gutted. Obviously I knew how the story ends, but there is so much heart, so much love in and between these characters, that it is very easy to get attached to them and losing them feels devastating. This novel was beautiful and heartbreaking.

Sep 27, 2019

This book is by far the most heartbreaking book I've read! Not only did it teach me important things about life it also taught me a lot about death....... I really hate the feeling of living and spending soo much time with a character relentlessly thinking that this is it... this is the end and knowing that they're going to die and yet loving them so hard that even their death comes as a deep blow to your heart. It's almost like losing a best friend even though that person may be within the deep recesses of a peice of paper. I have always known that some people are really good with words and some people can really make us feel as if we were there living every waking moment with our favorites. Adam Silvera is one of these people....

Sep 04, 2019

This book broke me... I repeat this book BROKE ME! Be prepared to cry, the title alone should have told me that this book was going to be a TRAGEDY! Adam Silvera warned me, but I just didn't listen! This book is set in future New York where everyone gets a phone call on their "DEATH DAY". The people must then decide how to live out their final day.Circumstances lead two boys Mateo and Rufus into spending their "death day" together and making a final friend. I don't want to go into too much detail since the title is the biggest SPOILER of all, but this book had me rooting for these two characters thinking there was no way they were actually going to die... like the title said. I really want somebody to read this book, just so I can have somebody to talk to about this book! It's one of those reads... FIVE STARS all around. This book also falls under the LGBT reads category so if you want to save this for PRIDE month by all means do.


This book is an incredibly compelling read that truly inspires you to live every day like it’s your last- which is a very important saying to stay true to, as you really don’t know when you’re going to die. This story explores a world where people are told when they are going to die so that they have a chance to properly say goodbye and do the things they always wanted to do. Both Mateo and Rufus, two roughly eighteen-year-old strangers, get a call on the same day, and so they connect through the Last Friend app to challenge themselves to really live. Throughout the day, they do what they can: saying goodbyes to family and friends, going to favorite places, taking philosophical train rides, photographing in color, visiting graveyards, and more- a whirlwind of firsts and lasts. The two fall in love through it all and find desperate happiness, even if it’s just for a day. It’s the most beautiful perspective on mortality I’ve witnessed, and the best part about it is that it doesn’t offer false hope or fake a perfect ending- it stays real to what happens every time. Not to mention each character’s dialogue uses casual and realistic elements of conversation and isn’t completely made up of the dreamy and unrealistic philosophies that many young adult books have characters sprouting. There’s a good balance between how people naturally talk and Rufus and Mateo’s philosophical reactions to their imminent death. Additionally, I love how each character, however small or seemingly unimportant, as each one is gifted in-depth perspectives that are shaped so that the reader feels so much empathy for each one. This is really cool because one often wonders about passing strangers and what their stories may be. The fact that they are all connected in this story alludes to the deeper truth that everybody’s stories are interwoven and that someone who is a stranger to you might have a large part of their life based on you. Over its course, this book will make you cry immensely- but not in a bad way. Rather, it’s an inspiring tale that is worth the tears and worry. I give it 5/5 stars for its capacity to heal and inspire. Elena of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Jun 28, 2019

A book that kept me company traveling Calgary to Toronto. A premise that raises interesting questions. “I've always been afraid of dying. I don’t know why I thought this would jinx it from actually happening.” How do you feel about dying? What are your superstitions about death? What do you imagine your future self doing that you are not doing now? What are you taking for granted? Would you want to know the day that is your death day? And there is a nice little romance tucked in there too.

This book made me really cry. It was so lovely and written so beautifully. Mateo and Rufus meet as strangers on their "End Day", through an app called "Last Friend". Written in the perspective of a universe where people are notified of their "last day" by midnight, giving them 24 hours notice. This gives them the opportunity to tie up loose ends and do all the things they want to do before they take their last breath, but also not knowing how or when through out the day. Every moment and person you meet is meaningful.

May 25, 2019

I knew it was going to happen but I still fell in love with Rufus and Mateo anyway. They had a beautiful relationship in the span of 24 hours and I will just make myself believe that they were able to find each other again somehow.

May 23, 2019

I don't often rate books 5 stars, especially YA titles but this book had me in tears off an on the whole way through and stayed with me a long time after. I really can't recommend this enough just be prepared with a big box of tissues.

May 18, 2019


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Sep 27, 2019

"Maybe it's better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs." -Adam Silvera

Sep 27, 2019

"Sometimes the truth is a secret you're keeping from yourself because living a lie is easier." -Adam Silvera

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