They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Why I loved this book: This book took me a while to get through. It tells you the end right in the title. I knew where it was going and still I was apprehensive. There is no happy ending here, we know from the jump that both Mateo and Rufus will die in the end- the story then is truly about the journey and not the destination. It's about how much time they will have, what they will do with it, and if they can meet their end fulfilled, happy with a life well lived. What a story it is. It's not a perfect life, they will both go with regrets, of moments missed and mistakes made, but so will we all. Here we get to see what these two would do if they knew it, if they knew there would be no more days to make it up, no more days to change their path, there is only this one day and each other, and they have to make the choice to make it worth it. Following Mateo and Rufus as they navigate their last day is somehow both heartbreaking and full of hope. We know they won't make it out the other side, but there is hope that they have found each other and that they might find eachother again someday, in another life or in another way. One day somehow becomes not enough, and still enough, because one day is better then nothing. It seems like it should be too sad, and in some ways it is, but I still loved it. It made me think about what I would do, if I knew today was it, that these 24 hours was all I would have to leave my mark. That's the beautiful thing about books isn't it? That they worm their way into your heart and make you see yourself and the world around you in a different light? This is a great book, it's at home on my shelf now, and added to next years book order for the library. I can't wait for the kids to discover it.
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