They Both Die At The End: A Tragic But Beautiful Love Story


Jasmine Lizarraga, Contributor

Adam Silvera’s They Both Die at the End is just the perfect book for both teenagers and adults. The two teenage boys who make up the main characters, Mateo and Rufus, first meet through an app that directs you to your last buddy in the dystopian future where the “Death-Cast” can predict your ultimate doom. As they quickly approach their death days and wish to recreate things they never got to, the two teenagers both understand what a privilege it is to find love, even in your final minutes alive. Mateo and Rufus connect in a way they couldn’t with anybody else in the world, and despite being complete strangers, they somehow manage to lead the brief lives they wanted together.

Now I’m not going to lie to you all – at first I had a really hard time getting into this book, but I decided to give it a chance and continued reading it. I’m really glad that I did because this book turned out to be fantastic! It was so heartfelt and significant. It was captivating how the author was able to capture their final moments as a story with so many lessons to be learned. I chose this book because it was slightly different from the books that I would usually read, and because, despite the fact that the title completely gives it away, I was honestly really curious on how the author would put the whole book together and still be able to maintain the reader’s ultimate attention.

Even though the book’s title is a complete spoiler, the ending is so unexpected that it makes you wonder how you didn’t see it coming sooner. It was so obvious, but despite how predictable the outcome was, you still may be surprised by it. Because it was so wonderful, I ended up getting a bit emotional at the end of this amazing book about unexpected love. The two love interests were portrayed by the author as being really realistic and emotional in a way that drew you deep into the tale. This was definitely one of the many best books I’ve read this year, and I suggest you give it a chance like I did and check it out!