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Fast Facts

Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Publication date: September 5th, 2017
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Recommended for: 14-18 yrs
Rating: 4/5 stars

If you knew you would die today, what would you do? They Both Die at the End follows Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio after hearing the news that this is their final day on Earth. After meeting through an app that connects people on their final day, we get to experience the blossoming friendship of Mateo and Rufus as they spend their day the way that they want to. From repairing old friendships to experiencing things they never had before, they live today like it is their last because it is.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is an interesting concept, that makes you think not only of the characters but how you would act in a similar situation. Additionally, it is a kind of dystopian story that is set in the current era. This makes the idea seem much more realistic somehow for me since the things that they are doing and the ideas presented are still things that people do today. I think that people who like dystopian novels would enjoy this because it fits into an odd kind of semi-dystopian genre, where everything is the same except for this important aspect. Additionally, people who like books with lots of LGBTQ+ representation would enjoy this book, as both of the main characters are LGBTQ+. Overall, this was a great book, and I had a lot of fun reading it.

-Dylan