Review: We All Cry At The End – Adam Silvera

Hi Munchworms!

They Both Die at the EndI’ve seen a lot of you talking about They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera. Honestly, a year ago I wouldn’t have picked this up. But my reading has changed ever since starting my blog and now… Now this is definitely a book I’d pick up without thinking twice about it!

I’ve simply grown to love emotional roller-coasters.

When Mateo receives the dreaded call from Death-Cast, informing him that today will be his last, he doesn’t know where to begin. Quiet and shy, Mateo is devastated at the thought of leaving behind his hospitalised father, and his best friend and her baby girl. But he knows that he has to make the most of this day, it’s his last chance to get out there and make an impression.

Rufus is busy beating up his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend when he gets the call. Having lost his entire family, Rufus is no stranger to Death-Cast. Not that it makes it any easier. With bridges to mend, the police searching for him and the angry new boyfriend on his tail, it’s time to run.

Isolated and scared, the boys reach out to each other, and what follows is a day of living life to the full. Though neither of them had expected that this would involve falling in love…

The good

Plot-wise, I was pulled in. Fast. The whole idea of getting that phone call in the middle of the night to discover it’s your last day got a hold on me hard and fast. It’s hard to imagine that a phone call could change everything so drastically.
Yes, we all get life-changing calls during our life at one point or another. But like this?

Even though the title says it all, I kept hoping with my fingers and toes crossed that it would end differently. I bonded with Mateo and Rufus. I started loving them for their own unique characters and voices – which Silvera did so well! – and I didn’t want them to die. I really wanted to give them all the time in the world to live their lives.

There were small moments at the start of the book, at the middle of it and especially near the end where I just felt like curling up and crying. Which I did. I really did. If you don’t at least think of crying a bit while you’re reading.. You’re not in the right head-space or simply soulless!

I honestly have to applaud Silvera for executing this idea, this novel in such a brilliant way. I loved the writing, I loved that Rufus and Mateo had such distinct voices. Honestly, you don’t even have to read whose POV’s coming. You can pretty much tell from the way it’s written.

Nothing bad and five cupcakes!


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I paid full-price for this novel. All opinions are entirely my own. I’m not being compensated in any way.

24 thoughts on “Review: We All Cry At The End – Adam Silvera

  1. I finished the ARC of this within about 30 hours of receiving it back in June because I could not wait to read it. And I thought I had figured out a potential plot twist, but I was sadly wrong. I can’t wait for Adam’s next books, especially his upcoming fantasy novel.

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    1. I always like it so much when I’m wrong about a certain plot twist. It makes reading more fun that way!
      I definitely have to read more of his work. I’m always curious to see how an author evolves when they switch genres a bit.

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    2. I like authors because of their writing style and how they handle characters and plot and such. So after that the genre doesn’t matter as much. I know I like Silvera’s released books, so I’m likely to enjoy his fantasy one, particularly since I am a fantasy fan anyway.

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    3. True! Although I sometimes feel like an author is better sticking with another genre. But maybe that’s just me being me and linking authors to a specific genre too much. Sometimes. I think that only happened once and I don’t even recall which author at this point.

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    4. I think since Adam is already writing both contemporary and speculative fiction, the jump to fantasy isn’t that big. And I listened to him talk about the project a bit when I met him in 2016; he seems really excited and passionate about it, so I am looking forward to it. Also, I bet it will probably end up being an LGBTQ+ fantasy, which I always like. I feel like with all the different races and such in fantasy and sci-fi books, there should be more diversity in them.

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  2. Great review Kathy… I can feel your heart and what you felt just by reading your review. 🙂
    I’ve actually read nothing but good things about this book but knowing myself a crybaby and definitely sentimental, thsi isn’t a book for me at this moment. My depression is shitting me again so I kinda hvae to focus on much lighter books and with happier endings… So sad, I want to read this already but can’t risk my emotional state. 🙂 🙂

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  3. Emotional review, Kathy! OMG, I didn’t cry until the devastating end… I mean, Mateo’s end. Would that make me heartless??? lol But then again, as I said, the ending literally stunned me and left me in a state of stupor… I couldn’t process all the feels that I had when I closed the book. I couldn’t move, I couldn’t think, I was just SAD and cried a lot. Sobbing mess. Aww, your review brought back all the memories. Thank you, Kathy ❤

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    1. Thank you!!
      Haha, no. You cried, so you’re definitely not heartless! I honestly blamed myself so bad for still hoping that it wouldn’t end like the title said it would. Kept my fingers crossed the entire time that the title was wrong! :’D
      Oh, those teary memories.. You’re welcome!

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    2. Yes!!! I cried a lot. When I found out what the very last sentence signifies… oh, gosh. it still makes me cry lol Like yourself, I was hoping teh Death Cast’s prediction turned out to be wrong once and for all. I wanted them to last because they were beautiful… aaahhhh, Adam Silvera.. why??!!! lool

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