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Publisher's Summary

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.”

©2017 Adam Silvera (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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You try and prep yourself, but it won't help.....

This book is super emotional for me, because it's reminds me of personal stuff; that being said, I can see people enjoying the book and not having this crazy personal reaction and cry like a baby (like I did). I did say in my title for the review that you know what's going to happen. A book has never just laid it out there like this (as far as I know), but you still can't help falling in love with the two major and all the minor characters. Adam Silvera painted a picture so beautifully with his characters, but also this world. Death-Cast calls every person that is going to die that day between midnight and three. The point is so each individual will have that opportunity to do the things they put off and to say their final goodbyes. Whether, in reality, this is a good thing or not, I'm not even going to say. It's just the world Mr. Silvera puts the reader in.

Mateo and Rufus meet through "The Last Friend" phone application, which gets people who want to just hook up on their last day, one man who claims to have "the cure for death in his pants," people who are not dying who want to be there for others, and many more. Mateo is a very shy and sheltered eighteen-year-old, who feels like he spent his life playing it too safe when he gets the call from Death-Cast. Rufus is in the middle of beating up his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend when he gets the call. When he's doing his own funeral with his foster family and gang, the cops have been called and he's forced to flee his friends in order to not spend his last day in jail. He finds the app and Mateo reaches out to him and they meet. They start their day and do things that are awful and things that are great, but they end up doing things for each other that they never thought could happen.

The voice acting was stellar. I'm a huge fan of Michael Crouch, but this is the first time I've heard Robbie Daymond and Bahni Turpin. All three made this story so wonderful that I gave them 5 stars. As far as my personal rating, I give Michael Crouch an A, Robbie Daymond an A-, and Bahni Turpin a B+. The only reason why I'm giving Ms. Turpin a lower score is that I found parts of her performance to be stilted, but she did have to play everyone else who was not Mateo or Rufus. Still, I think she could've done a slightly better job.

The Book, for me, is going to get a B+, which is a totally different way of judging than how I look at narrators. This book was great and I enjoyed most of it. For me, the books that get 5's or A's in my system only happen 1-3 times a year. This was a solid book and did exactly what it was supposed to do, but I cannot say that it was in the top five. It is definitely something that should be read and I think it shows a version of a M/M relationship that isn't as "offensive" to a conservative audience. While I find LGBT books to be fine in general, I think some can be offended by stupid things like two boys who kiss or something like that. So, this is a book that should be read; it has lessons about regrets, last days, and so much more. I think this book is an important one and I really hope that people can give this book a chance.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Tear jerker Performance

The tale is a beautiful story of connection and giving life a second chance. It meets all the requisites of a great narration, subtle ruses and emotionally inclined.

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My heart..

I knew what i was getting myself into when i made the decision to buy this book. What i didnt know is that no matter how much i thought i have prepared myself for it, i wasnt even close.
The title says, they both die in the end, and you know in the back of your mind that eventually they will. However, you get so infatuated by the idea of they could’ve been, and THERE IS NO GOING BACK FROM THERE.
My heart will ache for a very long time, and i am too devistated to write an full review. All i know is that, this book needs to be read. It will stay with you. It will break your heart, and you will allow it, because thats what great stories are supposed to do.
Read it, you wont be sorry.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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They Both Die at the End

I will need at least a couple days to process this beautifully heart wrenching novel. This book will stick with me forever and my heart is broken. Once o gather my thoughts, I'm sure I'll have more to say, but I absolutely love this book and everyone should read it.

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100%

i listened to this while i worked as a security guard. looked like a baby.

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Nice quick read

Not a great book but not a bad book either. Interesting fictional subject matter, probably more suitable for a younger reader (teen-young adult). Obviously the end of the book is no secret but getting to their end is interesting enough. Narration was good.

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Fantastically emotional

The voice actors are SO perfect for their roles. And the story is so emotional and real and beautiful. Do yourself a favor and give this a listen.

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AMAZING!

I AM AN EMOTIONAL WRECK. WHAT THE HECK THIS WAS BOTH BRILLIANT AND HEART WRENCHING.

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Absolutely Incredible

This is by far one of the best books I've read/listened to in a very long time. The narrators were great, the story was great, and I just hope I can find something as good to listen to in the future.

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The most tragically beautiful story

I literally could not get enough of this book. It was a huge journey of romance and friendship that comes at you in a slow and fantastic burn. I was weeping towards the end.
I would love to see this adapted into a film.
My only complaint spoiler ahead —- I wish mateo and rufus could have expressed there physical love a bit earlier so that mateo didn’t die not knowing what it felt like to have sex. But everything else was perfect. I like love that you aren’t explained why this service knows your death day. That must have taken restraint

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  • burlesque_queen
  • 05-14-18

Shook

read hundreds of books and this is the only one of its kind to leave me thinking about it daily for weeks...( listened about 6 times now)...The performance really makes this as brilliant as it is, if I read a physical copy my mind would not have done it justice, it's shook me up, the good kind of heart breaking, brilliant!!!!!

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  • Linda
  • 05-02-18

They both die at the end

I profoundly loved this book, it has an interesting story, with a great concept, fantastic and relatable characters, and you don't want to stop reading, even though you know sadness will come and make you cry. The end is not important however, it is all about Rufus and Mateo, and their one last epic day to live and be brave. Read it, it repays every tear with a hundred smiles.

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  • NurseThePain
  • 10-13-18

Predictable Ending!!!

This aduiobook has made me want to go out to 'play' and enjoy my day. Although the predictable ending is in all on the tile, this was such a moving and beautiful short lived love story that brought a tear to my eye. Time well spent listening...

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  • Maya Seligman
  • 10-10-18

A moving, heartfelt story.

I loved this book. It made me really think about living, and I fell in love with the two boys' characters. I loved Rufus and Mateo's narrators but I found the woman a little weird at times.
I would highly recommend this story about living outside your comfort zone, frisndship, love, and being who you want to be.

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  • Nick
  • 09-10-18

nooooo!!!!!

Why did it end like that? I need to know more!

Such a great story, the voice work for Rufus and Mateo was perfect.

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  • Gianluca
  • 07-25-18

Wow

I really enjoyed this audiobook, it was very sweet and the actors and actress truly made the characters feel genuine, the story is written fabulously and I was very intrigued by the idea of the death cast and how would you choose to live your day if you knew it was the last. I highly suggest this audiobook

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  • Mary-Anne Farah
  • 07-02-18

Truly heartbreaking.

one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. and the performance was immaculate. unforgettable.

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  • Michael Humphrey
  • 06-28-18

Oh

I really don't know how I feel about this book. It's very very different and well worth a listen. I can see why it is so popular.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-21-18

Such a beautiful book

I loved every minute of it. I was suprised how much the writer could write about a single day, it was beautiful and tragic story. Even though I knew they were going to die from the beginning I fell in love with the charecters. The writer brought so much emotion into the story and really gave the charecters a personality. I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • MR K L DAVIES
  • 06-05-18

Wow

Excellent narration and storytelling. I couldn't stop listening to this gripping and moving story. Great!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-29-18

Unbelievably Emotional

An emotional rollercoaster thats worth every second of your time. You wont regret it .

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  • Kindle Cat
  • 05-23-18

Gripping and thought provoking

I couldn’t stop listening. Just because we know the ending doesn’t give away how, what and where.
The love story was simple and sweet but wasn’t the main premise of the book but was part of the characters’ change and development.
The question is is our fate set or were they pushed?

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  • Jacob
  • 04-27-18

So Emotional

I loved this book! Although in the beginning it was a bit hard to get into, with both the main characters being quite dislikeable, as you work through the book and Mateo and Rufus start living out their last day, you start to love the characters more and more, which only makes the ending all the more poignant. I highly recommend this!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-18

devastation worth listening to

Such a deep and worthwhile consideration of what the spectre of death can encourage us to be

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-18

They both die at the end

I really enjoyed this book ‘they both die at the end’.. Adam Silvera has written this book so well I wouldn’t like it any other way. It draws you in and you can really put yourself in the character’s shoes. You feel many emotions while listening to this book, I laughed out loud a lot and cried in some parts too. Inspirational quotes and messages awaits for you to listen, understand and learn. ( I think is suitable from 12-200 year olds, really great range)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-18

Deep breaths

So. Fucking. Sad.
MY BOYS WILL LIVE ON ETERNALLY.
Read this for something amazing, sad and realistic as all shit.