They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Cheers Factor: 3/5
Pairing: Virgin Lemon Drop Martini
I recently found this fun mocktail account that’s inspiring me so here is a mocktail for this book because any alcohol would have made me cry more while reading it.
"I wasted all those yesterdays and am completely out of tomorrows."
-2 oz lemon concentrate
-1 oz simple syrup
-dash of bitters
-Grate a lemon peel for zest
-combine with sugar
-dip martini glass in a plate with water so the rim is wet
-combine all liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake
-strain into glass and enjoy
“You definitely don’t need the same blood to lose a part of yourself when someone dies.”
Take a Shot: In this fantasy of the real world a service by the name of Death Cast exists. Death Cast is a service that calls people on the day of their death. On this fateful day strangers Rufus and Mateo both receive their calls. Determined to live out their last day by going out with a bang Rufus and Mateo find each other on Last Friend an app for Deckers (people who are set to die) and those who wish to spend their last days with them.
"Did finding each other kill us?"
I sobbed like I knew these characters personally and they died. The dang title of the book spoils it and it happened and I bawled at 3 am unable to do a darn thing about it. I felt like my heart had been ripped out and torn to shreds merely because they didn’t get enough time and I don’t mean that they were simply too young I mean that for so many more reasons.
I really did like this book, but I felt like I couldn’t possibly give it more than a 3.5 merely because the concept just was to heartbreaking that it wasn’t for me. I also felt that the story felt so short. The setting was hard to grasp because it felt like the author was struggling between character building and setting.
However, the characters are truly what saved the book for me and clearly made me cry. Mateo is a sweet and adorable little bug that I could absolutely feel myself wanting to be friends with. Rufus is also wonderfully rough around the edges and so unapologetically himself. It was so sad the way that the two came to meet their fates and how they both came to truly cherish the friendship that they managed to build in their short time they had left. The side characters were also quite nice to read too in order to see people who were on the sidelines of the events that unfold.
Overall, this book was good, but I was left wanting more and felt sad when it ended. Although I feel that was the whole point of it all, it just wasn’t my ideal choice of events. This book brings up a very poignant question about whether or not it is better to know when one will die. After reading this book it truly does beg the question because if it weren’t for their impending demise neither Rufus nor Mateo would have met the other, but arguably without having met maybe they wouldn’t have died.
“I cross the street without an arm to hold me back.”
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