I’m Literally Still Crying // Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the EndGenre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Date Published: 
September 7th 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuester Aus
Pages: 384
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When Mateo receives the dreaded call from Death-Cast, informing him that today will be his last, he doesn’t know where to begin. Quiet and shy, Mateo is devastated at the thought of leaving behind his hospitalised father, and his best friend and her baby girl. But he knows that he has to make the most of this day, it’s his last chance to get out there and make an impression. 

Rufus is busy beating up his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend when he gets the call. Having lost his entire family, Rufus is no stranger to Death-Cast. Not that it makes it any easier. With bridges to mend, the police searching for him and the angry new boyfriend on his tail, it’s time to run. 

Isolated and scared, the boys reach out to each other, and what follows is a day of living life to the full. Though neither of them had expected that this would involve falling in love… 

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Thank you Netgalley and Simon & Schuester Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Trigger warnings: Anxious thoughts, death (death of LGTBQIA+ characters – not “bury your gays” but still), violence, suicide mentions


I’ve been struggling with how I want to write this review ever since I finished They Both Die at the End back in June because it’s honestly one of my new all time favourite books. It had such a personal impact on me that it’s so hard to truly convey in words.

When I first started reading They Both Die at the End it gave me a lot of anxious thoughts. It made me realise how much I haven’t accomplished in my life. It was kind of disheartening and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to finish it. However, I pushed through and I’m so glad I did because this isn’t a story about dying – it’s a story about living. This book made me want to keep living and some days that’s really hard. It inspired me to get better. It’s honestly a huge part of the reason as to why I pulled myself out of the slump I’d fallen into. It’s why I started trying to find a job and decided I need to go back to the doctors to sort out my mental health issues.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
“But no matter what choices we make – solo or together – our finish line remains the same … No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.”

On a less personal note the story itself is just brilliant. Adam Silvera always manages to blend sadness and humour together in such a perfect way. This book will probably make you cry, but it’ll also make you laugh. Despite only having known each other for 24 hours in no way does the relationship between Mateo and Rufus seem like instalove. Y’all know how hard it is for me to get on board with romantic love, but I was totally in love with the connection Mateo and Rufus had. I spent the entire book hoping and hoping that the story would end definitely. When I got to the end I immediately wanted to reread the book because I thought just maybe this time it’d be different. Normally in cases where death is promised I sit there like “so is this actually gonna happen or what?” and when it doesn’t I’m really annoyed. Like y’know when TV shows promise a main character is going to die but it turns out to be some random side character you saw once or twice? That pisses me off. However, with this book I really, really, really did not want the inevitable to happen and I think that says a lot.

World building wise, if you’re the type that requires a lot of explanation as to why things are a certain way then this might be a bit off putting for you. You’re just kind of thrown into a world where it’s accepted that people get a phone call when they’re going to die. There’s no backstory as to why or how Death Cast works. You kind of have to suspend your belief a bit, which I love but I know some people have a harder time adjusting so heads up!

There’s also a lot of important diverse aspects in this book. It’s an #ownvoices M/M romance. Mateo is Puerto Rican and gay and Rufus is Cuban-American and bisexual. This book also touches on topics like teen pregancy/single mothers and treats it with the respect it deserves.

I honestly can’t recommend this book enough. It gave me all the best kind of feelings.

“Maybe it’s better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs.” 





Have you read They Both Die at the End or is it on your TBR?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I hope you’re all having a fantastic day.

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31 thoughts on “I’m Literally Still Crying // Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

  1. This is such a beautiful review, Lauren ❤ I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed this book so much and that it touched you this way. I have this – and Silvera's other books, I only read More Happy Than Not for now – on my TBR and I can't wait to get to it ❤


  2. Great review for this book Lauren, and I completely agree with everything you said about this book as well. I was so excited for the release of They Both Die at the End and I think at the moment it’s my favourite of Adam Silvera’s books. I loved Mateo and Rufus and despite knowing how it ends I was still shocked and broken hearted by the time I finished this book. I’m with you on thinking ‘maybe this time it’d be different’, when I re-read this book (and I think I’ll definitely be re-reading this book) I’ll be thinking that pretty much constantly.
    Again great review, and I’m glad you enjoyed this book as well. 🙂 ❤


    1. Thanks so much, Beth!! It’s definitely hard to choose between this and More Happy Than Not as my favourite, but I think at the moment this is! Maeto and Rufus were both so wonderful and I know for sure I’ll be hoping it ends differently when I eventually get to rereading it.

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  3. This is an amazing review – I teared up a little bit. They Both Die At The End is definitely on my TBR, but it’s sort of a tentative thing. For one thing, I’m worried it will increase my depression; for another thing, I’ve heard some mixed reviews about the way Adam Silvera writes bisexual characters. I really want to read History Is All You Left Me because of the OCD rep, but I’ve been putting that one off as well. Ultimately, I’m definitely going to pick up at least one of these two books and hope for the best. Your glowing review of how this book helped me definitely makes me more willing to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this ❤


    1. Thanks so much, Christine ♥ Ah that’s definitely understandable. It did make me feel Really Bad at the start, but by the end of it I honestly felt so rejuvenated. It’s definitely something you have to be careful with though because it could have easily gone the other way if I wasn’t in the right head space. I feel like I definitely need to take more note of bisexual rep because it’s often something I don’t always notice. I’ve heard that there’s some not so great throwaway comments/presumptions in MHTN/HIAYLM but I’m not sure if any OV reviewers have said anything about TBDATE? I really need to get better at looking for OV reviews too, haha.

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      1. Yeah, to my knowledge I haven’t seen any negative reviews of TBDATE from bisexual reviewers, which is one thing that gives me hope. It’s important to keep in mind, too, that not all bi readers view things the same way. For instance some people are really hurt by the mere implication that a bi character is promiscuous, whereas I’m reading a book now where the bi character embraces her own promiscuity in spite of the stereotype, which I think is kind of awesome.


        1. Yes definitely!! OV readers don’t all share the same opinion and it doesn’t necessarily mean one is right over the other. They’re all individual people with their own thoughts and beliefs. I feel like it can happen a lot with mental health books too. Everyone’s experience and journey is so different, what clicks for someone might seem hurtful for someone else.

          If you do decide to pick this up I hope you enjoy it and either way I’ll be interested to see what you think!

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  4. Beautiful review Lauren!
    I’m currently reading this and I can already see how this book could have touched you so much. I’m like 20% in and I’m already pretty sure this will both be my favorite Silvera book and the one who will impact me the most.


  5. Aww what a sweet review! Adam Silvera’s books seem to be really well-loved, so I definitely want to get around to reading him at some point. x


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