They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera
Synopsis: Two teens receive phone calls shortly after midnight informing them they will die that day. Both teens find themselves alone on their final day and use an app to find a last day friend. They’ve got one day to live life to the fullest.
I liked the idea of the book. A phone call telling you that today is your last day. That’s intriguing. And kind of creepy. So, the Death-Cast part of the story was interesting and I wanted to know more. Unfortunately, there was no more to that story, so that was disappointing.
For me, this book did not have a great flow to it. I enjoyed the story being told from both teen’s viewpoints, plus occasional chapters from others in the book. However, it felt a little disjointed and I didn’t really care about the characters, which is sad, since it was their last day and all.
The diversity in this book should be noted. The main characters, Mateo and Rufus, are a gay Puerto Rican and a bisexual Cuban. Other characters include Lidia, Mateo’s best friend and a teen mom, and Tagoe and Malcolm, two black teens who are friends with Rufus.