They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | Profound and Heartbreaking

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera book review

This was the second book by Adam Silvera that I read – and following straight on from History Is All You Left Me, I quickly came to the conclusion that he enjoys the pain of his readers. I don’t know what I thought I was getting from a book called They Both Die at the End, but even though it very clearly warns you I was still left hurting more than I expected.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera


This book was heartbreaking yet uplifting, and despite the ending very much delivering on the title, I didn’t leave it feeling sad.

I listened to this on audio, and the narration was wonderful. Both of the boy’s voice actors did a brilliant job of bringing this story and its emotions to life. There was a certain section that I connected with so much that I bookmarked it and played it at least ten times in a row after I finished the book. I think it says a lot about the writing and story that the words could leave such an impact on me. This is a beautiful tragedy, but it’s also hopeful. It’s a message about living every day as if it’s your last, because one day it will be and – unlike Rufus and Mateo – you won’t get a phone call to tell you about it.

I really liked how there were little snippets of life from the other characters around Mateo and Rufus, who they encounter throughout their day. It added to the rich tapestry of fate surrounding these two boys who die too soon.

Those two boys were both loveable and distinctive characters. We only see them during this one day, yet get to know who they are as people. Despite the short time period this story is set over, both boys have a satisfying character arc – particularly Mateo, who develops so much across the course of the day.

There is romance in this, which was an incredibly bittersweet thing. While I loved seeing this budding relationship forged over one powerful day, you’re plagued with the knowledge that neither of them will survive to see it become anything more. That doesn’t make it any less worthwhile.

This book is powerful, and tragic, and will put you through a whole range of emotions as you read it. It’ll also likely make you think about the way you live, as you watch two boys try to decide how to spend their last day on earth. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re prepared to get invested in a book where, of course, they both die at the end.


They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera book cover

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.

Why are my old reviews so much better than my new ones?? I still love this one, I’m happy to finally share it here on the blog. I need to brush up on my current review writing and get it back up to standard!

Have you read anything by Adam Silvera? What do you think of the title of this book? It’s unusual, but I’d say it definitely makes you interested!

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2 thoughts on “They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | Profound and Heartbreaking

  1. I’m so glad you loved this book! When I read it last year, it absolutely broke my heart – in the best possible way! Haha it’s such a unique book because the title gives away the ending, which can make it hard to recommend sometimes. As soon as I say the title, people are often like “why would I want to read that?” But it’s so worth it and so beautiful! I’m glad to hear that the audiobook is great too 😄 Wonderful review!!

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    1. Haha, one time I tried to recommend it to someone and they went “Oh wow, thanks for spoiling it for me.” I had to explain, no, that’s the title! 😂 It’s such a good book though, definitely heartbreaking in the best way. Thank you! 😄


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