Monday, August 28, 2017

Guest Review: They Both Die At The End by: Adam Silvera

Today my sister Samantha has dropped by to review They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
Release Date: September 5, 2017
from Harper Teen
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Source: Received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"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."

Sam's Review:

So before I begin the review, I just have to say how happy I am to have gotten a chance to read this book early. So a special thanks to my sister Teresa for giving me this opportunity. This past Christmas she bought me a large pile of books that I wanted from Barnes and Nobles. In this pile was Adam Silvera’s  first Novel More Happy Than Not. I remember reading it and never being able to put it down. It’s very easily my favorite book. So much so I want a quote from it tattooed when I’m older. A few months later he came out with History Is All You Left Me, and I was just as hooked as I was when I read his first book. I was so excited for this novel and the fact that I got to read it early means so much to me.

So I have to begin this review by saying that Adam got me FUCKED UP. AGAIN. I started this book knowing the obvious. That they both die at the end. However, I figured that I could keep myself detached from Mateo and Rufus and not care about their fate when it finally happens. I should have known from my experience History Is All You Left Me that this would be a failed endeavor. I cried, a lot. This book is an emotional rollercoaster. If the happy scenes don’t have you crying already, then you’ll definitely cry during the sad moments of this novel. Back to my failed attempt to keep detached though, because these characters are so perfect. Mateo is so good and pure and needs to be protected, which he did all too well himself. He protected himself so much he forgot to live at all. He needed someone like Rufus to drag him out and teach him how to live on his last day. Rufus had so many walls built up around him and he never let himself really feel much. Mateo helped him feel alive again. They needed each other. It was 100% fate that they met and taught each other these things. Aside from the two main characters though, the characters were amazing. I loved them all and their relationships with each other. (Except Peck. Fuck Peck.) I also enjoyed how all the deckers were connected in some way or another. That they had effects on each other on their last days.

If there’s one thing an Adam Silvera book will teach me it’s to stop worrying so much about the past, or the future. That you need to live in the now or you miss opportunities to really live your life. This book more so than the rest drilled this message in for me. This book was literally about two people about to die, that were so focused on  living longer, or living in the past, that they couldn’t let themselves live. It made me realize that if I worry about every little thing, I’m going to have so many regrets because I wouldn’t have let myself do things I wanted to do because I was afraid. His books also give me hope that no matter how dark things are, there’s light in things. Hell, Mateo and Rufus were literally about to die and they found light in it. Because due to them dying, they found each other.

So I guess if Adam were to read this review, I’d have to say a few things. One is that you’re an amazing author. Your books make me happy, and sad, and angry, and just make me feel so many things and I never want you to stop writing and stop giving me new things to look forward to. Two is thanks for giving me these things to look forward to, and writing books that make me feel things as much as your books do.

1 comment:

  1. I've been seeing this around, and I love that it had such a big impact on you. It's a wonderful thing when an author can make you feel all the emotions that you mention above. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Sam! :)

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