An honest review of “They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera


Anvi Todi, Writer

What happens when death comes knocking in the form of a phone call? This question is answered through the story of two teenagers, 18 year old Mateo Torrez and 17 year old Rufus Emertio. 


It’s past midnight when Mateo and Rufus hear the unmistakable ring of Death-Cast calling to tell them their time is up in less than 24 hours. Not wanting to be alone as they face their End Day, they find each other through the app “Last Friend” which is exactly what it sounds like. Together, they embark on a journey to live an entire life in a single day.  


This novel is one of my all time favorites. Though I was sobbing my eyes out, I enjoyed this book thoroughly and would recommend it to anyone over 11 years old. They Both Die At The End features LGBTQ+ characters and handles the death of loved ones. Each chapter is written in a different perspective, either Mateo, Rufus or a side character with their own distinct personality. As well as being sad, it’s funny and realistically displays the struggle of not knowing exactly who you are.The book keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. Though the ending might not please everyone, it is satisfying and concludes the story well.