Review: “They Both Die At the End” by Adam Silvera

4.5 stars

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

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A huge thank you to the publisher (HarperTeen) and Edelweiss for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

They Both Die at the End is an Adam Silvera book so of course it broke my heart and I loved every minute of it. The concept of knowing when you’ll die has always seemed interesting to me so I was looking forward to seeing how these characters would deal with knowing they’ll die that day. It’s tragic and hopeful at the same time.

Mateo as a character is very relatable and I could find myself in him. He’s a dreamer who’s been wanting to do a lot in life but always felt paranoid or scared to take that next step. He’s cautious and reluctant to try new things because of the jarring question, what if something goes wrong? But he’s also an all around good person. He cares deeply about others and will always be around for moral support.

Rufus is more bold and adventurous but has a good heart and is loyal till the end. He just lost his family in a car accident a few months ago and has been living in a foster home. He has the most wonderful and supportive group of friends who would go to the ends of the earth for him.

Watching Rufus and Mateo’s relationship growing into something deep and significant is heart warming. They’re both very different and under another circumstance, they wouldn’t have met. I usually hate the “met and fell in love all in one day” trope but it makes sense in this scenario since neither of them have any time left. They are both supportive of one another and become each other’s strength as the day goes by.

Similar to The Sun is Also a Star, TBDatE has small chapters with snippets from all the side and minor characters so we get glimpses of what’s going on in everyone’s heads, not just our two mains. I love stories where we get a full picture and in this world, we get to see how something like DeathCast affects all parties, the ones who are dying and the loved ones they’re leaving behind.

Have you read this one? What’s your favorite Adam Silvera book?

14 thoughts on “Review: “They Both Die At the End” by Adam Silvera

  1. Lovely review! I’m really happy to hear you enjoyed this book so much 🙂 I have it on my TBR and will read it, hopefully sometime soon, when I’m ready for all of the emotions coming with it ahah. I feel like I will relate to Mateo just as well, he sounds like my kind of character for sure! 😀

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    1. Thank you Marie! (Sorry for replying so late!). This was a lovely book and Adam Silvera = crying your heart out so be prepared 😀 . Yes, Mateo was very relatable and I loved how much he grew in this book! I hope you get to it soon, it’s worth it.

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  2. Great review! I’ve been wanting to read this for a while so it’s great to see another positive review of it. I’ve never read any Adam Silvera book which I’m kicking myself for because all of his books sound so incredible! 💕

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    1. Thank you!! Adam Silvera books are so great! (And also heart-breaking so you need to emotionally prepare yourself 😀 ). My favorite is History is All You Left Me just in case you were wondering which one to start with 🙂 but they’re all precious.


  3. This is high on my TBR, but I feel like I have to be in the right mood in order to read this. It sounds like quite a tear-jerker! I haven’t read anything by Silvera yet, but that seems to the consensus. Have you read other Silvera books? Which is your favorite?


    1. It definitely is! And yes, you’re right, Adam Silvera = tears and heartbreak. I’ve read them all and I love all of them! Though I’d have to say my favorite is probably History is All You Left Me. Which one of his books are you planning on starting first?

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    1. (Sorry I’m replying so late) but YES, I love the concept. Adam Silvera’s books are definitely heart breakers so don’t go in expecting happy endings 😀 . I hope you read it soon!


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