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 : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, c2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062457790
Characteristics: 373 p. ; 22 cm.

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AlieGrace
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.

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hsunseri
May 18, 2019

4.14

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.

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StrikingtheFeels
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.

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WillCTheUnishark
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.

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jessebh
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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Lhoutz
Jul 02, 2018

A very interesting concept. There were so many twists and turns that this book kept me guessing and I read it in a day! I also love the characters and their last moments together, it shows that we are all some how connected in one way or another.

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bell_ugh
Jun 14, 2018

Wow. This book was slow paced, but the ending was such an incredible joy ride that brought tears to my eyes. I wish it was a faster novel though, since it took me more than a month to finish. At times I just didn't feel motivated to read this. I feel like They Both Die at the End was more of a character study on how two strangers can form a bond when put in similar life changing events. The intertwining of all the background characters through the chapter made the novel's world feel so much smaller. Moments that you don't even think about, like crossing the street, leaving a book behind, or even downloading an app, can change other people's life. However, I think that some of these scenes were unnecessary, as they distracted the reader from the overall story. Overall, this novel really made me think. It brought up the benefits and disadvantages of knowing when you will die, making you question whether or not you would chose to know. The question of what does 'living life' really look like is seen as the main characters Mateo and Rufus try to live their Last Day. If you are like me and have ever questioned how to live life to the fullest, this book is for you. Whether it takes you a day or month, you will enjoy it.

KateHillier Mar 16, 2018

You're told right in the title how this ends but you can't stop yourself from hoping. Mateo and Rufus each get the dreaded phone call from Death Cast, a company in this alternate 2017 New York, telling them that they will die some time in the next 24 hours. They don't know exactly when or how but they are both only 18.

Mateo likes to stay home, his dad is in the hospital in a coma, and his best friend is his neighbour and her young daughter. Rufus is in foster care and is beating the man his girlfriend left him for when he gets his call. Mateo and Rufus find each other through an app called Last Friend, an app that gives people who are due to die a friend. The two of them meet and get a lot of living done in the time they have left.

It is a great idea, a great story, romantic, heartbreaking, life affirming, and all those fun things. The way this knowledge of your own death day is worked in so very well and isn't explained to death or shoehorned. I should have expected this sort of bittersweet awesomeness from the author of More Happy Than Not but it was still lovely. And the end still got me

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