They Both Die at the End

Adam Silvera

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ romance young adult
emotional reflective slow-paced

373 pages | first published 2017

Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.
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.
In the tradition of Before I Fall and If I Stay, They Both Die at the End is a tour de force from acclaimed author Adam Silvera, whose debut, More Happy Than Not, the New York Times called “profound.”

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emotional 89%
sad 82%
reflective 55%
inspiring 37%
dark 29%
adventurous 28%
hopeful 26%
funny 19%
tense 12%
challenging 8%
lighthearted 6%
mysterious 3%
relaxing 1%
informative 0%


medium 55%
fast 28%
slow 16%

Plot- or character-driven?

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Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters a main focus?

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