Whilst visiting my Granny in Yorkshire earlier in the month, we took a trip to a couple of bookstores to go book shopping (shock!) She bought me three new books, one of which I was eagerly anticipating: They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera. Despite having not yet read any books by the author, the premise of this new release immediately enthralled me. I absolutely devoured it for the 2017 Reading Challenge.
Title: They Both Die At The End
Author: Adam Silvera
Category: #40 A book you bought on a trip
“You may be born into a family but you walk into friendships. Some you’ll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth every risk.”
In a world where on the day you are going to die you receive a phone call informing you of your imminent demise, two teenage boys, strangers Mateo and Rufus, both learn they are about to live their final day. When circumstances lead to both boys spending their last day on earth alone, they utilise the Last Friends app to spend their day in each other’s company. This act of finding a friend leads to the boys finding themselves.
This is an incredibly hard-hitting and poignant novel, starring two incredible characters. The journey the boys take over the course of the book is profound, and the messages incorporated within the pages are truly wonderful. Simply put, it is one of the best novels I’ve ever read.
The novel made me smile, weep and everything inbetween. It broke my heart and mended it again. What really made this book for me was the wonderful relationship between Rufus and Mateo, who whilst facing their worst nightmares – their own death – managed to save each other. It honestly made me think about living every day as if it is your last, especially given the fact that it very well could be, and being kind to all those around you. We need more of that in this world.
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