Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Basing from the title itself, I knew I was going to have mixed feelings about this book. I don’t take death lightly. I don’t even want to talk about it. Blame it on the fact that I lost a parent and it still hurts. It’s been 2+ years but the pain is still there. Death is a heavy topic and I don’t want to talk or read about it unless it’s actually worth my time.

They Both Die at the End

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. –Goodreads

This book is as predictable as it can get. I mean, the title alone tells you the ending. They both die at the end. But before they die, they get to really live on their last day by doing things they wish they would’ve done sooner. It’s a typical YOLO story. It reminds us to start living, get out of comfort zones, do the things we most want to do and just live!

The whole moral story is amazing. One I wish everyone knew and try to live by. However, lately, that’s not the message I want to share or read about. As amazing as it is to live how Rufus and Mateo lived on their last day, personally, I think living should be done with purpose. It’s not just doing things that scare us or saying things we should say or visiting places we might not see tomorrow. It’s about living a life with meaning, with a clear goal in mind, with the right set of attitudes and principles.

What the book is trying to tell it’s readers is the typical formula for life but I want something deeper. I want something profound. Something that would tug at the very core of my existence and not just tell me things I already know.

So yes, the book is good. It reminds us how to live and just go for it. It’s a story about life, love, and friendship. It tells us that we create our own destinies. It reminds us to give ourselves that little push we all need (or push others to live). It also definitely puts life into perspective. It made me reflect on life and what else I can do differently. It’s the usual reminders we all need to hear because we all think we will all live until the end. That’s just it though. A reminder to live. For me at least, the message to live is not enough. There has to be more. How are we supposed to live? What’s the best way to live besides doing things we wished we did sooner? No book can give us the answers but a book I prefer to read should enlighten me on these questions.

Despite my mixed feelings about this book, I still would recommend the book to everyone. It’s still a great read. A perfect start to finding your own way to live. It’s not what I need in my journey (because I feel like I already know this and try to live by it) but it still packs the punch we all need.