They Both Die at the End Review

“They Both Die at the End” (book) is rated ages 14 and up by Amazon.

They Both Die at the End is a YA novel focused on two teenage boys. Two strangers learn they have one day left to live. Fate brings them together, and it turns out they can both learn from each other. 

I read this book in two days over the summer. I was on a camping trip, and I spent two whole days on the beach, lost in the story of Mateo and Rufus. I am definitely not a fast reader, so that was pretty quick for me. The author’s writing style makes you feel like you are physically there with the characters. The multiple reactions from all of the side characters (along with their stories) will keep you interested. 

There is so much raw emotion in this book that will pull you in and make it feel like reality. As the two boys reminisce on the past and wish for their future, it is hard to keep high spirits. although Mateo and Rufus will keep you entertained with their awkwardness and humor. 

One thing that I really liked about this book was that nothing felt forced. When writing a book on two boys that have a day left to live, it’s hard not to make the characters rush into things. Nonetheless, Adam Silvera did it. He portrayed their last day as a beautiful and natural thing. I had no clue what to expect going into this book, especially considering that the cover just made me more confused. Nevertheless, I related to the characters, which is rare for YA novels lately. And finally, at the end, everything comes together, like the part in every crime show where they find out who the killer is. It is a story about making the most of the time you are given and finding out what truly matters in life. All asking the question, “What would you do if you knew you had one day left to live?”

This novel is available on Audible, Barnes and Noble, Target, and Amazon.

Writer at The City Voice

My name is Lucia and I am a freshman at City High Middle. Some of my favorites things are soccer, reading, Clairo's music, and the movie Little Women.

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