Review: They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

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They Both Die At The End

by Adam Silvera

YA Contemporary, Romance


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 and to live a lifetime in a single day. 


I’d like to be genuinely able to say that the reason I read this book so late after it’s publication date was because I had a strict reading list for Deptcon3, but even still, I didn’t finish this until the later part of November! I’ve been meaning to review it for ages so thankfully I’m finally getting around to it.

I was introduced to Silvera this year and instantly fell in love with his heartbreaking stories with utterly gorgeous prose and rich characters. So it probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone that I was so looking forward to They Both Die At the End.

I adored the premise of this book, and after reading Release earlier this year and loving it, I was curious to see how well Silvera could pull off a similar style where the book takes place in a single day. And he knocked it out of the park for this one – because it was an incredible emotional rollercoaster.

What I liked about this one in particular, was that it was full to the brim of tense moments. Whether that was drawing out the inevitable kiss between our main characters for so long, or the moments with Rufus’s past creeping up to haunt him, and even with the atmosphere of death that was woven throughout. I for one was turning each page carefully, unsure of how or when Mateo and Rufus were going to die.

I loved the characters in They Both Die, as well as the rich, rich diversity. I would certainly recommend this book for fans of Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also A Star, because I got such a similar vibe from it – especially how they both had specific chapters for completely irrelevant characters,yet they somehow ended up being just as much of the story as Mateo and Rufus were.

I’m extremely excited for Silvera’s next book and hopefully I’m going to five right in as soon as it comes out!


Rating:

★★★★★

#LGBTQMonth: Extracts from History is All You Left Me!

Hey everyone! Today we have some extracts from the amazing History is All You Left Me, which will surely make you sob your heart out. Adam Silvera is also the writer of More Happy Than Not and the hotly anticipated upcoming They Both Die At The End! I cannot wait to read it!

Theo scoots closer to me. “I have real things to be worried about, dude, like if the zombie pirates are going to know how to use grappling hooks and matchlocks or if they’re taking us down with teeth and nails. You don’t scare me, and you’ll never be too complicated for my friendship.” Theo pats my knee. His hand rests there for a solid minute. “And I’m sorry if I forced you to come out just now – wait am I the first person you’ve told?”I nod, my heart pounding. “You didn’t force me. Okay, actually you did a little, but I wanted to tell you anyway. I just didn’t have the balls or some huge speech I was also a little scared I was wrong about my instincts for you. Delusions run in my mother’s side of the family.”“You’re not delusional,” Theo says. “And you’re not crazy.”He reaches for my hand, and it’s not for a high five. I know the world hasn’t changed, what goes up still has to come down, but the way I see the world has shifted a little to the right, moving forward, and I can now see it the way I’ve always wanted to. I hope I don’t say or do anything that will force the world to shift counterclockwise again.I squeeze Theo’s hand, testing whatever it is we’re doing here, and I feel like I’m answering a question I was never brave enough to ask.
(History. Sunday, June 8th, 2014.)

Good morning, Theo. Sorry I shut down on you last night. I couldn’t shake off the haunting suspicion you’re hovering over Jackson instead of me. It was like some itch speeding around my body, always a second too late from scratching it dead. Don’t roll your eyes, but I did some soul searching. I dug deep into our history and remembered all our good times and the happy memories that would’ve eventually brought you back to me in life. I no longer believe I’m in this alone, talking to myself.I am still questioning how often you’re looking around for Jackson, though.Jackson.I haven’t forgotten he’s here. His crying stirred a tornado of sympathy and rage in me, and while I remained firm against the force of grief, I am definitely battered. I should’ve turned around to see if he’d worn himself out and fallen asleep or awake staring at walls like me, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.
(Today. Friday, November 25th, 2016)

Review: More Happy Than Not, by Adam Silvera

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Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: Soho Teen
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Genre: YA Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 304
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In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut—called “mandatory reading” by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?
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Wow. I’m really glad I’m finally got around to reading this because it was about time!! I’d anticipated Silvera’s second book History is All You Left Me (review here!!) for quite a while and when I read it and adored it, I immediately his debut More Happy Than Not. And although I prefer History, I really enjoyed this one. For a debut, it was so profound and gripping and an emotional rollercoaster.


“The boy with no direction taught me something unforgettable: happiness comes again if you let it.”


Aaron is in a relationship with Genevieve and when she leaves for a few weeks, he starts to become more involved with a new friend Thomas. And slowly but surely, he realises he has feelings for Thomas and he is in fact gay. But seen as he figures that being straight means him living a much easier life, he does some research into the Leteo Institute – a place that gets rid of unwanted memories and helps you forget. So he decides to go, trying to forget that he’s gay so he can be happy with Genevieve and the end result is heart-breaking.

The plot was so compelling and so uniqye and I enjoyed it the whole way through, just like how I adored Silvera’s style of writing. I think he has such an eloquence to it and a sense of originality attached.

The characters were fantastic and I found myself feeling so very emotionally attached to poor Aaron and I just wanted him to be happy! I think it was an excellent book for a debut and his second book shows that he can improve even further – therefore, you won’t be surprised that I cannot wait for They Both Die at the End!

5 out of 5 stars for sure!

Review: History is All You Left Me, by Adam Silvera

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Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Release Date: 9th February 2017
Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBT
Pages: ​320
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You’re still alive in alternate universes, Theo, but I live in the real world where this morning you’re having an open casket funeral. I know you’re out there, listening. And you should know I’m really pissed because you swore you would never die and yet here we are. It hurts even more because this isn’t the first promise you’ve broken.
OCD-afflicted seventeen-year-old, Griffin, has just lost his first love – his best friend, ex-boyfriend and the boy he believed to be his ultimate life partner – in a drowning accident. In a desperate attempt to hold onto every last piece of the past, a broken Griffin forges a friendship with Theo’s new college boyfriend, Jackson. And Griffin will stop at nothing to learn every detail of Theo’s new college life, and ultimate death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin’s own version of the truth – both in terms of what he’s willing to hide, and what true love ultimately means…
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‘Read it and weep.’
Honestly that should’ve been the tagline for this book because you

  1. definitely should read this and
  2. you will most certainly weep.

What a fantastic emotional rollercoaster of a book. Filled with grief and love and loss and executed magnificently. There was not a dull moment in these pages, and at most scenes I was sobbing my eyes out. Especially at Theo’s funeral and burial and when Griffin read his eulogy.


“I’ll never understand how time can make a moment feel as close as yesterday and as far as years.”


Now, if there’s something that I had to choose to be the best part of this book, it would be the characters. Oh my life, the characters are perfect. There was not one that I didn’t love by the end of the novel.

Griffin, my little baby cinnamon roll, I had loved from the get-go. Once I got to know Theo, I fell in love with him too and wished so terribly that he was still alive. At first, my opinion on Jackson was that I disliked him but I realised throughout the book that he loved Theo just as Griffin did and he’d lost Theo too. And Wade, someone I didn’t think was important, turned out to be one of my favourite characters.

The two main plot twists at the end (especially the one regarding Wade) meant that I physically couldn’t put the book down. It was phenomenal. I have yet to read More Happy Than Not but I’m just after ordering it so I should have it soon. And I’m incredibly excited for his new release later this year, THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END.

5 out of 5 stars – incredible, satisfying, emotional (AF) and realistic.