ARC/Book Review: They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

Title: They Both Die at the End (2017)
Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Extent: 384 pages
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Description

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

Review

I should’ve known what I was getting into with this book. I mean, with a title like They Both Die at the End, what else can you expect but to be thrown right into Heartbreak Central? As it turns out, however, there’s quite a little bit more in the story rather than tears and sadness — I think it’s what Adam Silvera does best. 😉

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Book Looks: They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

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Title: They Both Die at the End (2017)
Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+
Description:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

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Book Looks: History is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera

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Title: History is All You Left Me (2017)
Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Description:

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

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Book Review: More Happy Than Not – Adam Silvera

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Title: More Happy Than Not (2015)
Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
Extent: 293 pages
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Description

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

Review

I found this review really hard to write but to start off, More Happy Than Not is NOT a happy book. In fact, it’s really more depressing than not. This is a book with really realistic and mature issues: the death of a parent, death in general, suicide, loss, grief, heartbreak, personal and sexual identity, homophobia, friendships, relationships, etc.

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