They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

by Adam Silvera

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Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

New York Times bestseller * 4 starred reviews * A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * A Kirkus Best Book of the Year * A Booklist Editors' Choice of 2017 * A Bustle Best YA Novel of 2017 * A Paste Magazine Best YA Book of 2017 * A Book Riot Best Queer Book of 2017 * A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year * A BookPage Best YA Book of the Year

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—to live a lifetime in a single day.

In the tradition of Before I Fall and If I Stay, They Both Die at the End is a tour de force from acclaimed author Adam Silvera, whose debut, More Happy Than Not, the New York Times called “profound.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062457813
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 32,334
File size: 9 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at the End, More Happy Than Not, and History Is All You Left Me and—together with Becky Albertalli—coauthor of What If It’s Us. He was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. Adam was born and raised in the Bronx. He was a bookseller before shifting to children’s publishing and has worked at a literary development company and a creative writing website for teens and as a book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. He is tall for no reason and lives in Los Angeles. Visit him online at

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They Both Die at the End 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book portrays a topic that I think anyone can relate to. Nobody wants to face death, but this book shows that no matter how much time you have, you can achieve something. This something can be big, or it can be small, but it's something at least. The novel gives us this incredible lesson, and sense of belonging in our world. A true Mastapiece
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many was beautiful and painful to read this story. You know how the ending will go yet still you hope with all hope for an alternate ending. Even knowing the outcome I was still blown away...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its so good! I seriously couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would put down SPOILER but really the title already gave it all away. That is why I am actually disappointed that there's no twist in this one like there was for More Happy Than Not and History Is All You Left Me. Disappointed not because the story was awful, disappointed that it was mighty good, title didn't lie, and there's no twist to help make my life a little better post-They Both Die At The End. Thanks for the feel trip. Mateo and Rufus is etched into my heart. Either I am becoming soft or your book make me soft hearted. Nonetheless, thank you for turning your unique thought into your wonderful writing and sharing it with us all.
Clara Goldberg More than 1 year ago
Amazing writing, amazing characters, amazing plot! This book is wonderful! The switching of POV's is brilliant and insightful, it allows you to understand all characters not just Mateo and/or Rufus. The magical realism is a tad creepy and haunting, but its just the right amount to make it interesting and a total eye catcher. Combining relatable problems of teenage boys, and a living life to the fullest vibe, this book will make you laugh, cry and debate every single thing with your friends. It's mysterious, it's romantic, it's real! 10/10 recommend!
Anonymous 5 days ago
This is one of the most beautifully tragic and heartbreaking books I've read in a long time. It is amazingly well written, in a way that makes you feel for characters that you meet for only a page and interweaves the stories of a handful of characters with two boys who are going to die too young. Mateo, the kindest boy to ever grace the pages of a book and Rufus, a boy full of turmoil who manages to make the most of their last day. I cried a grand total of 4 times while reading this book.
Missy Thompson 4 months ago
In short, the book was really good. it was emotional, sweet, and heartbreaking all at once. I'd definitely recommend.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I loved this book. I laughed, cried, and fell in love with the characters. They are very real and likable. I also liked that they are LGBT. I was very upset at the ending but in my opinion a book at makes you cry when it's over is a good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book, the characters were compelling and the ending still managed to hit my emotions hard, despite the title giving away the ending. An absolutely emotional, compelling, and thoughtful piece that I would absolutely recommend to anyone!
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BookReader12345 More than 1 year ago
Themes: death, friendship, love, celebrating life, courage There's something beautiful about death. When I picked this book up, I didn't even bother to read the synopsis because I had heard good things about it and I just wanted to charge right in. I would say spoiler alert, but the book itself is a spoiler. Plot and World-Building: Conceptually, the idea of Death-Cast is intriguing. The idea is that you get a call on the day you're supposed to die. No one knows how Death-Cast knows when you're going to die, but they are never wrong. The idea of knowing when you're dying has to be a heavy weight. Sure, some people get told they have a month, 6-months, a year, but these people get 24 hours maximum. And it's all via a phone call from people that their entire job is calling these will-be-dead people called Deckers. I could probably read a handful of books from this world because I have so many questions about it. Does this make people do more reckless things on days they don't get a call? Are people more outgoing? More violent? More loving? I think if we lived in this world I would get a panic attack in the middle of the night, just staring at my phone waiting for the inevitable and that just isn't healthy. I need someone to talk to me about this because I find it very interesting and I want more details. Even though this story is told from the perspective of Mateo and Rufus, I like that Silvera added some snippets from other characters here and there. Not only did it show that effects of "the call" on other people, but it also showed how many paths crossed with Mateo and Rufus along the way. Characters: Overall, I really enjoyed the characters. Rufus doesn't necessarily have the best taste in friends, but they're loyal and they have his back until the end and I think that's really good. And yes, Peck, I would be extremely pissed off if my girlfriend's ex came out of nowhere and beat me up, but I don't think I would be so extremely pissed as to try and get him arrested or maimed on a day he is supposed to die. Just doesn't feel very worth it. The characters in this were very diverse, which was a pleasant surprise. I particularly liked that Lidia was a single teenage mother that works hard to sustain them both. It shows a healthier side as opposed to what reality TV says about teen moms. Mateo: In all honesty, I thought Mateo was a recluse from the beginning and for the first half of the book I just wanted to grab him by the shoulders and shake him yelling "Live a little". Meeting Rufus was really good for him and watching that relationship grow and develop from the start isn't something easy to do in a 24 hour period of time. The one thing I don't agree with is his initial feeling to not tell Lidia he's dying. It just isn't fair to her and that took precious hours that could have meant a lot. Rufus: Their contrasting personalities were interesting. Unlike Mateo, Rufus is tough and outgoing. But he has had a hard life, so I think meeting Mateo did him as much good. He needed someone to push the boundaries with him, emotionally, to help him open up a little. Last Thoughts: The fact that this is a YA book is earth-shattering. Usually, death is too real for people to handle, especially when it's set in a world so similar to ours and the characters so similar to people we know. I think that breaks a boundary and really drives home that life is short and we should take advantage of the time we have. Counting the
ameliawilliams More than 1 year ago
This book was such an amazing journey from start to finish, and although it gives away the ending in the title, it pulls off the subject matter in such a clever, tragic, and wonderful way. I couldn’t put this book down as I read of Rufus and Mateo’s life-changing and tear-jerking adventure. The narrative style of this book was an intriguing aspect. Though Mateo and Rufus are the main characters, it switches to many other characters’ point of view throughout the novel; many of the characters besides Rufus and Mateo are only introduced once or twice. This explores an interesting concept: thousands of people die every day, including celebrities or even people we pass on the street, and many of them we will never meet or know of. We never really know what is going through people’s heads, we never know what they are going through, and in this case, we don’t know if they are dying within the next few hours, so who are we to judge how someone acts or looks, because in a second they could be gone. Also, showing how different people with vastly different personalities react when facing their mortality was simultaneously interesting and touching. I fell in love with the characters in this book. Mateo and Rufus were such interesting characters and perfect foils. Mateo was an introverted shut-in with the kindest soul that could’ve done amazing things if only he lived past the too-young age of 18. Also, having his dad trapped in a coma while Mateo was given the death-cast alert was so heartbreaking, knowing that he would never get to say goodbye and his dad might wake up in a world without him there. Mateo was scared to take any chance, scared to show the slightest expression of bravery, and afraid to die, having never quite lived his life outside of his room, which is why Rufus was the perfect counter to his character. Rufus, on the other hand, was the sole survivor of a fatal car crash that claimed the lives of his whole family. He had experienced a close-up brush with death in that car accident, so he wasn’t as afraid to die. However, being somewhat of a screw-up foster child, Rufus regretted the life that he lived and the choices he made and sought to change himself, meanwhile also pushing Mateo to let loose and be brave while Mateo taught Rufus how to be a caring, kind person. The way that Mateo died was so unceremonious and sudden, but I felt that it further expressed the idea that incredible people die all the time, and no matter how good of a person you are, you will still die, sometimes even a terrible, undeserving death, and no one can change that. Mateo deserved the world; he was such a beautiful soul, but not even he could escape an untimely fate. Although tragic, this was an astute move that helped convey the theme. They Both Die at the End was an amazing story. It left me sobbing and both satisfied and wanting more at the end. Through this story, I fell in love with the characters and author and learned various vital lessons that I will remember for the rest of my short, human life. Never again will I waste a day second-guessing my choices or spend time worrying about all the ‘what ifs?’ of life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was an absolute delight, despite the tragedy of knowing two teenage boys will be dead by the end of it. I enjoyed every line of it as I followed Mateo and Rufus’s last day and the friendship and love that developed between them as the day wore on. The premise of this book was incredibly interesting, that in this alternate universe, there’s a system called Death-Cast that somehow knows the day someone will die, and they send an alert so that this person can live out the last day to its fullest potential. It would have been nice to get a little bit of insight or explanation about how Death-Cast works, but I know that’s not the point of this story. This story was all about life and death, and what it means to be living versus just being alive. And there is a stark difference between the two, as the story shows. The two main characters are amazing. There’s Mateo, an eighteen-year-old boy who has so much anxiety and is a lonely, secluded boy who doesn’t have many friends. Then there’s seventeen-year-old Rufus who appears to be rough around the edges and not a pleasant person, but who is actually a very soft, kind, compassionate boy. On the surface, they seem to be polar opposites, but they’re actually more similar than I’d expected. They’re both kind and big-hearted, and they love their friends dearly. The compliment each other nicely as Rufus helps Mateo out of his shell so that Mateo can actually live on his End Day, and as Mateo helps Rufus come to terms with the tragedy of what happened to his family, and to show Rufus that even the smallest acts of kindness can change the world. I wasn’t fully on board the love these two boys claimed they had for each other by the end of the book, but I do believe that, if Rufus and Mateo had more time together, they would’ve had a beautiful relationship together. However, because they didn’t have that time, I think that their declarations of love came from a place of needing to give and receive comfort within their final hours. I believe they loved the idea of love, and they were wistfully in love with all of their lost time and potential together. Watching these two boys on their End Day was a real treasure as they both grew and made the most of their final day of life. They had deep and philosophical conversations about death, the afterlife, etc which made me as a reader think about it too. And even though I knew what would happen (the spoiler is in the title, after all), it was still a punch in the gut to see these two beautiful boys die. I didn’t find it overwhelming or underwhelming, and it didn’t make me sob, but it packed the right amount of emotional punch that left me feeling satisfied about the entire story, even as I fervently wished Rufus and Mateo could have more life together. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was reminiscent of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Fault in Our Stars, and this book tugged on the same heartstrings that those two books tugged on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book left me stunned. It is beautiful, tragic, uplifting, and heartbreaking all at the same time. I cannot recommend this book enough. I was sad that there wasn’t a plot twist, but it wouldn’t have been as lovely or inspiring if it did. I think that everyone can learn something from this book, wether they agree with it or not. It is one of my absolute favorite books, and I will never forget it. I am unbelievably glad that this book was written. I didn’t know I needed it until I had finished it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book left me sobbing at the end, but in a good way. I knew how the book was going to end based of the title of course, but i, i wasn't ready for it. I'm emotionally hurt and i want to see these sweet boys happy,,, A really good book and i would recommend it to anyone!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved this book and i love how it made me think
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't even have words for this. This book was wonderfully made and it was such a pleasure reading it. Getting to know these characters and getting so attached in a short amount of time... Just wow. Major props to Adam Silvera for this beautiful work.
J-Shari More than 1 year ago
The concept of this book is so cool. On your Death Day, you get a phone call letting you know that you are going to die. What a heavy reality to carry for your last hours on earth? I like the fact that the two main characters live these two completely different lives and in the end they not only become friends but they experience a connection deeper than that. One that could have formed into love if they had more time. I was kind of mad that they had to encounter so many obstacles on their last hours, but when I look back on the book as whole, those obstacles were needed. At the end of the book I knew by the title that something tragic was going to happen and my emotions were going to be all over the place. But I was not prepared! My heart was shattered and is still shattered in a million pieces and I am still NOT okay This was my first Adam Silvera read, and I was not disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how powerful the emotions were and the twists. The way things came together were perfectly written. I definitely found a new favorite author.
CalsConstantRavingReviews More than 1 year ago
✨For more book-focused fun, check out my blog:✨ MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK: Before you call me heartless and immune to the power of diverse books, please know I appreciated the solemness of this book. I appreciate it going against the grain. The reason this is not rated higher for me was that it made me anxious. Every single time I picked it up. The only other book that made me feel this way was I'll Give You the Sun. CHARACTERS/DYNAMICS: Mateo: Mateo is our soft gay . I totally relate to his thought process, which initially made me not want to read on. I like reading different perspectives sometimes. They bring the unexpected! As the story progresses, all I cared about was his unfortunate story. Rufus: Rufus was rad to start off with, but I soon felt disconnect to his life-story. Also I got sick of him saying "yo", "mad" and "man". It seemed way to artificial, but who am I to judge??? PLOT: It's modern day, but allegedly everyone (though I'm sure it's more exclusively Americans) are told the day they're going to die. The catch: it's on the day, usually at 12am. Mateo and Rufus are like: oh man that blows. So through the beauty of social media, they befriend each other. They say goodbye. That's about it. I was expecting cooler sci-fi elements where they try to defy the system or discover how the Death Cast works. STRUCTURE: This story alternates mainly between Mateo and Rufus, but there are fun elements of other characters who cross paths with the boys, who may or may not be dying. I really enjoyed Silvera starting each new perspective with "___ is/not going to die today, because Death Cast did/not call them." THEMES: - ... death - gay latin dudes - all the sad moments in John Green but slightly warped and stretched so it's a bit "meh" than WOW KILL ME. THE ENDING: (view spoiler) It was a little drawn out, since this entire book is leading to their deaths. I was still surprised about Mateo at the end, though. So... props to that! IMPACT: Yeah so I now know that Silvera certainly isn't so epically profound for me, but I do appreciate his writing style. It's poetic. However, I generally dislike YA contemporary and his writing is no exception for turning me over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's right there in the title, but I still cried
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAZING. No other words to describe it.
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Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
I loved and hated this book. In an alternate present day, people receive a call just after midnight letting them know it is their "end day." Teenage boys Mateo and Rufus, two strangers, each receive the call within hours of one another. Both boys are parent-less (Mateo's mother dead, his father in a coma; Rufus's entire family killed in a tragic car accident). Seeking solace in a friend, they find one another on the Last Friend App. The next 24 hours are filled with adventure, friendship, love, loss, and impending doom. As a reader you are continually reminded that no one has ever eluded Death-Cast's prediction for death. The boys will die but we don't know when or how. As the clock ticks down, the reader can't help hoping for a happy ending, a miracle that will save them both. But the title of this book is The Both Die At The End. There are no spoilers, the ending is announced before you open the book. But it's what happens between the pages that matters most.