They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

Book - 2017
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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 : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062457790
Branch Call Number: YA F Sil


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Can't. Put. Down.

A world where you have 24 hours notice before you die. "it was really, really good!"

Tear-filled. Amazing. Sad.

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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


LVCCLD_Jeff Mar 15, 2019

A gripping tale of two boys that have an adventurous 24 hours before they are set to pass on. This novel is filled with natural language and tear-jerker moments that should make a connection easier to find for some readers. If you are looking for a shorter read that is still filled with emotion, this book is for you.

Feb 28, 2019

Amazing book. I was in tears when I finished reading! Two people who felt lonely and upset by their circumstances found each other and spent their day truly living their lives, together. Death can be terrifying to think about when you know it will happen eventually, but your End Day doesn't have to be spent alone. Unlike the background characters who rejected their fate to die or wholly accepted it by leaving destruction in their wake, Mateo and Rufus made it their goal to live their last day for everyone. The time they spent with each other was wholesome and shed light on how we should all live our lives, whether we're the ones to die or not.

This book brought a piece of mind for me because I haven't been spending enough time trying new things or exploring the world around me. I hope my life will be fulfilling and rich with love, understanding, and delight, before my time is up.

Feb 19, 2019

So good!!! It made me cry in the middle of one of my exams and yeah. It's also funny, which is cool. This is the best book of ever, so can like everyone suggest it for the next YRCA? It is the best, I could t put it down, the characters are awesome at at some parts super relatable JUST READ IT

LPL_ColtonS Aug 10, 2018

They Both Die at the End is a book whose title does not lie, but that will entrance you to read to the end anyway. In a world where a computer predicts the day of your death, society has grown to change the way these doomed people, "deckers" can spend their last hours, two young teens come together as strangers to be there for each other in their last moments. To truly live life, to learn from ones mistakes, to right ones wrongs, and to be completely and totally true to oneself. Adam Silvera was able to capture these feelings in the minds of these two 18 year-olds, and those of their loved ones, to form a bittersweet story you won't be able to put down.

Jul 11, 2018

This book is charming, somber, and somehow optimistic, despite its melancholy setting. There are parts that drag, but I was instantly addicted to finding out more about the protagonists’ journey, regardless of the huge spoiler in the title. A very high recommendation.

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