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They Both Die at the End

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Editors Select, September 2017

Even though the entire premise of Silvera’s new YA novel is about impending death, this poignant tale of two teen boys knowingly going about their last day alive is all about the promise of life. As the socially stunted yet giant-hearted Mateo meets and gets to know rough-around-the-edges yet thoughtful Rufus, they explore what it means to be alive and who constitutes family. Michael Crouch, Robbie Daymond, and Bahni Turpin embody these and more characters in nuanced ways that tease out the many emotions of preparing for death (from regret to acceptance and growth) and embracing the most important thing about life: love. —Abby, Audible Editor

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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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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  • Shay
  • Dubai
  • 10-03-17

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.

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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.

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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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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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100%

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

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AMAZING!

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

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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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Read this before you die

Beautiful. Devastating. Potentially life changing. What more needs to be said? I didnt think anything could top History is all you Left Me but I was wrong. Its harder to believe that the same author wrote Maybe Its Us, a completely empty boring dreck of a book without even a tenth of the poise and meaning of this one. But thats a review for another time. In short...read this book. READ IT NOW. Because we all die at the end...and better to die fulfilled than live without experiencing this masterpiece.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-20-19

You will cry

Dear whoever next has the pleasure of enjoying Mateo and Rufus’s end day
You will probably cry this book destroyed me
but I promise it’s worth reading

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  • Bub
  • 05-26-19

Loved it

I loved this book so much, it made me cry and laugh and think a lot. Overall it was really good and shocked me

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  • N
  • 05-03-19

Buy It. Love it. Live it.

One of the best books I've ever listened to or read. You don't need to know anything about it other than it is wonderful and thoughtful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-22-19

thought-provoking

enjoyed it, narrators were OK. really liked the ending, although it was sad. 3.5 stars

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  • A. Listener
  • 05-02-19

Beautiful and heartbreaking.

This is the second book I've read by this author. I've really enjoyed them both. And they never end the way you expect them to.
Which I like in a book, even when I might not like how a particular book ends.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-19

Amazing

Absolutely loved this book listened to the whole thing in one day I could not stop listening! By far the best book I've read/listened to yet!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-14-19

so sweet

narrators were so good + the characters were so beautiful :) definitely recommend this if u want to laugh and cry

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  • Antri Theodosiou
  • 03-03-19

unexpected and moving

it's a nice book easy read and it takes unexpected turns. even though the timing is short there is a lot of action and love packed. recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-19

Beautiful and Sad and joyful

This is a brilliant story. While the title says it all, there is a lot of wonderfully nuanced character development that is embodied by the performance all the readers. Even when another actor is reading the voice of a character we have previously heard, their interpretations seem to match perfectly with each other even though they are different.
Full disclosure, you will likely cry but it is so worth it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-15-19

heart warming, raw and honest

perfectly narrated, and so well written. the honestly and shear raw emotion was second to none. i thoroughly enjoyed this book, it tug on the heart strings but also made me laugh. I highly recommend this audio book

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  • Kerri Salter
  • 08-12-19

I can't

This book had me emotionally wrecked. The narrators were amazing and I really felt like I was listening to the characters. Rufus' tough guy thing put me off a little at the beginning, but I really came full circle and ended up really liking him. Don't get me started about the story! It is beautifully written and so impactful as a reader. I adored the attention to detail and the brilliant way the chapters tie in with eachother. I don't usually enjoy a book with too many perspectives but the side moments from other characters really added to the whole story, didn't distract from the main plot and tied in with a few nods to the main characters. Not to mention that the book does a whole full circle. Don't come in expecting a happy ending, but come expecting an amazing time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-19

Amazing

Everything about this was astounding, the writing, the characterisation, the narration. I listened to it all in one go, I couldn't stop. the story between the boys and how their relationship develops is beautiful and sucks you in. Overall, an amazing book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-19

spontaneity sad

It was a beautiful story. Something that truly hit the heart for emotions and inspires to live life like its your last.

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  • ruby
  • 07-11-19

the characters became my friends too

such a creative concept, makes you think about what you would do if you were in the same situation. I couldn't stop listening to the book, the narrator's executed the story perfectly and made me feel like I developed friendships with the characters and even made me feel like I've seen the characters before which is something I never thought I could do from an audio book. I teared up a couple of times and was on edge alot.

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  • Donna
  • 06-10-19

Wow!

I absolutely loved everything about this book. So emotional. I was teary, I laughed. I just couldn't stop listening. The performances were amazing. The growth of both the main characters was beautiful. Hugely recommended.

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  • Veronika Leigh
  • 05-31-19

But they have to.

I give this 4.5*, rounded down because of the lack of explanation behind Deathcast. I loved the story, I LOVED the performance. And even the interjection chapters about minor characters are relevant and give extra insight. Well done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-10-18

I cried in the end

The title should be “you’ll cry when they both die in the end” ahhhh ahhh

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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 .