They Both Die at the End Review

“You cannot open a book without learning something.”


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Hello there Bookers and Good Morning! In today’s’ post, I am going to be reviewing one of my most recent reads, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. I finished this novel on February 6th as a buddy read.

What made me want to pick up this book, you ask? No, not the hype. Frankly, the cover and plot-line are what caught my attention the most. I am a sucker for death/mental illness books, and the fact that it is LGBTQ+ is a bonus.

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   The story follows Mateo and Rufus who have never met up until they receive a phone call from Death Cast announcing that they will be meeting their death in 24 hours. They come across an app called Last Friend where they find each other and decide to be just that, each other’s last friend. The novel carries the life of these two before and after their deaths.

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   On Goodreads, I rated 4 out of 5 stars, but the better rating would be a 3.75. Yes. A 3.75. My reasoning? Well, if you may ask, I feel as if this book is too good to be under a 3.5, but also had too many ideas that I wasn’t fond of and therefore could not be rated above a 4.0. I met halfway with this one. My thoughts are scrambled with this book, so I’ve decided I’ll make a Pros and Cons instead of a well thought out and intellectual review. Sweet (maybe not so much) and to the point.

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Now, for that comparison…


  • The whole receive a phone call 24 hours before you die concept is very intriguing to me. I believe Adam Silvera did a great job with carrying that idea throughout the story.
  • You not only see the story through the eyes of Mateo and Rufus but a whole bunch of other characters as well. It makes you see the story in all different perspectives in a non-confusing manner.
  • The reader receives good, but not overwhelming background information for the main characters.
  • The story was well to the point and short. (Pro and Con)
  • It made you want to keep reading. The fact that you know the two characters are going to die and there is nothing you can do about it is so heart wrenching!



  • The story as a whole was rather vague and too short to the point. It was a good page length, but the story could have had more substance. The description of the settings were also not well described for the most part. You almost had to guess where the characters were and how their surroundings looked like.
  • Maybe I wasn’t paying attention at first, but I was so lost the first couple of chapters that the person I was buddy reading with actually had to explain to me what was going on!
  • I had a little trouble finding character connections. I connected with a few characters on some things, but for the most part, none were very relatable in my case.
  • The story was not realistic. This is one of those things that made me rate a little lower than most. I understand that this is just a book and not everything has to be realistic blah blah blah, but it is also a YA contemporary, so in my understanding… shouldn’t it be a little more relatable and sensible than other genres?
  • Everything in this story just kind of happened. I’m not sure how to explain it, but something would just happen and it would leave you like “Oh, Okay…”
  • The death of one of the characters was so underdramatic that you could almost forget they ever died.
  • The ending! What in the world! I am sorry, but I am against how this story ended. No, not because the way it ended wasn’t how I wanted, but because there was no closure. In fact, I’m not even sure how one of the characters died. It was unclear.
  • The romance between Mateo and Rufus is one good example of this novel being unrealistic and unclear for that matter. It just spontaneously happened with almost no warning whatsoever. My buddy and I actually went back looking for hints in which we found very few and hazy ones. This is where this review gets even more controversial. Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I LOVE LGBTQ+ books. I am an active supporter of the community and always will be, BUT, with this story, I not only did not feel a connection at all between Mateo and Rufus, but I feel as if it was not meant to be, to begin with. From the beginning, I believed what they had, or were creating was a strong friendship, maybe even bromance, but barely even that. I’m not sure if their friendship even fully developed before POOF, they are kissing. I never knew coming into this book that it was an LGBTQ+ so it surprised me even more- and not necessarily in a bad way at all.

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   With all that being said, I never intended it to seem like I was bashing on this book or hating on its content. I just simply disagreed with it in many ways and felt the need to express that publically. That is not to say that I did not enjoy reading this. I am very glad that my partner and I decided to choose this book for our buddy-read. Most importantly, I obtained a very meaningful message from this story, and that is:

ʟɪᴠᴇ ᴡʜɪʟᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ. ʟɪғᴇ ɪs ɴᴏᴛ ᴘᴇʀғᴇᴄᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴɴᴏᴛ ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴏʟ ʜᴏᴡ ᴏʀ ᴡʜᴇɴ ʏᴏᴜ ᴅɪᴇ, ʙᴜᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴏʟ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ɴᴏᴡ. ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪғᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ɴᴏᴡ. sᴏ sᴘᴇɴᴅ ɪᴛ ᴡɪsᴇʟʏ. ʙʀᴀɴᴄʜ ᴏᴜᴛ, ᴇxᴘʟᴏʀᴇ, ɢᴇᴛ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴏғ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴄᴏᴍғᴏʀᴛ ᴢᴏɴᴇ. ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴄᴏᴜᴄʜ ᴡɪʟʟ ᴀʟᴡᴀʏs ʙᴇ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ᴡᴀɪᴛɪɴɢ, ʙᴜᴛ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ᴡᴏɴ’ᴛ ʙᴇ.


Thank you so much for reading.

Stay Informal,




My Goodreads Challenge #3

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” 
― Oscar Wilde

   Welcome, Book-lovers! Today’s post is, yet again, another reading challenge! Who would have guessed it? Below is a challenge from a  Goodreads group (of course) named Around the World in 80 Books. Here are the rules as stated in the discussion thread.

Challenge dates: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Genre: Any genre. Books chosen may be by setting or by native/resident author
Page length minimum: No minimum page lengthAre you trying to read more books from around the world but find yourself reading books from the same 10 countries? Well, it is time to broaden your horizons and break free from your comfort zones.In this challengeyou will be reading books from at least 5 different countries. How many countries you choose is up to you. You can pick up to 200 if you really feel ambitious (not advisable as you only have one year to complete the challenge). This feat has been successfully accomplished by at least two different people in the past, however, in our original ATW80challenge.Here is the catch: You will not be choosing your own destinations. The ATW80 Randomizer will choose your countries for you. You may trade in a country you do not want to read, but it will cost you an additional 5 countries. Once you have read all of the countries in your initial list, you may consult the Randomizer for a new list, if you choose.Books read for this challenge may also be counted in any of our other challenges on this site.How to Start: 
-Start your own topic in this thread with your name or nickname. 
-Request how many countries you would like to start with
-Start gophering and creating your reading list for 2018! 
   Now as you can see, this challenge can get pretty tricky… In fact, I did not even read the rules until after I read some books! I did not see the thread with the rules above and assumed you could read as many countries and as many books. Well, I was wrong! I used to randomize my countries and generated 15 different ones. I am counting the ones I have already used because…come on…
15 countries generated and books for each:
  1. Slovakia- Scent of the Unseen by Mila Haugová
  2. Norway- The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein
  3. Sri Lanka- A Disobedient Girl A Novel by Ru Freeman
  4. Bosnia and Herzegovina (How in the world am I going to find a book for this?…)
  5. The United StatesImage result for checkmark
  6. Laos (My chances of completing this challenge are just slowly decreasing…)
  7. The United Kingdom- Forbidden
  8. Mongolia
  9. Taiwan (was Lesotho) – Want (Want, #1)
  10. Ethiopia
  11. Poland- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  12. Cuba- The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba...
  13. Rwanda- 100 Days
  14. Slovenia- The Feline Plague by Maja Novak
  15. Jamaica- How Stella Got Her Groove Back
My Read books:
  1. The United States- The Art of Starving (1/13/18)
  2. Puerto Rico- A Map for Wrecked Girls (1/15/18)
  3. Costa Rica- Costa Rica  (1/27/18)
  4. Australia/London – Stolen: A Letter to My Captor (1/29/18)
   I am really excited to start this list. I cannot wait to get out of my comfort zone and read books from countries I’ve never even heard of! I recommend anyone with or without Goodreads to join in on this challenge and set any goal you would like. The title of the challenge is Around the World in 80 Books, but you can even read 5! It is your personal goal, customize it.
   Thank you for reading.
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Posting Schedule!

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

-Charles R. Swindoll


Good Afternoon Book-lovers! This is just a quick update on when I will be publishing posts. This is prone to change, but as mentioned a while back, I will be posting weekly. The official day of the week is Saturday! Be sure to keep an eye out for an InformalMee post on Saturday mornings/afternoons as this is going to be the new Informal day every week!

Thank you for taking a few moments of reading this.


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My Goodreads Challenge #1

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” 

― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons


Good Morning Book-Gods! Smile and be happy and let that happiness spread everywhere you go. Life is a beautiful thing and you only have it once! This morning, one of the first things I did after taking my morning whiz (probably not something that everyone needed to know…) was pick up and finish readingA Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica  Taylor.  I then rated and reviewed it on Goodreads and continued on to some group updates. Lately, I’ve been joining more and more groups on Goodreads because I love the satisfaction of having so many book-lovers surround me. It’s at an unhealthy level now… Through this, I found a yearly reading challenge by Addicted to Ya and proceeded to fill out the template as a plan of books I will read for each prompt. Now, if any of you have been with me since the bumpy begging of this blogging journey, you would know that my challenges, plans, and schedules, don’t always work as I imagine, BUT I am full of hope that I can make 2018 the year where that changes.

That aside, for the actual challenge. Here are the books I plan to read. Some are left blank as I will add them after I read a book that follows the guidelines, or if I find one in my TBR later in life. This list will be updated on this post and eventually, every book will be crossed out.  Also to clarify, the title is labeled “My Goodreads Challenge #1” just because there are about 5 other challenges I signed up or in the past few days (like I said… its gone wild.)


2018 Reading Challenge
January 1 – December 31

1. Read a fantasy novel
2. Read a dystopian novel-
3. Read a mystery/thriller novelStolen: A Letter to My Captor (1/29/18)
4. Read a historical fiction novel-All the Light We Cannot See
5. Read a contemporary/mental health novel-The Art of Starving (1/15/18)
6. Read a classic novel- The Turn of the Screw (1/13/18)
7. Read a graphic novel-Marbles: Mania, Depression,...
8. Listen to an audiobook- A Map for Wrecked Girls (1/19/18)
9. Read a standalone novel-The Darkest Corners
10. Start a series you’ve been eyeing for a while-Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2)Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3)
11. Complete a series (or read its latest release)-  Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up
12. Reread a book you love-A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkl...
13. Read a diverse book-Love, Hate & Other Filters
14. Read a 2018 release-Layover
15. Read an author that’s new to you-World War Z: An Oral Histor...
16. Read a book by a favorite author that you haven’t read yet-Glass (Crank, #2)
17. Read a book that makes you laugh-Mean Girls: A Novel
18. Read a tearjerker- Burned (Burned, #1) (2/21/18)
19. Read a book that scares you-
20. Read a book that features magic-
21. Read a book you abandoned in the past-
22. Read a book that is perfect for vacation-Wanderlove
23. Read a book with an OTP you can’t get enough of– Mockingjay (The Hunger Game... (2/9/18)
24. Read a book that features a kick-ass female heroine-
25. Read a book in one day-
26. Read a book in which the MC has the same profession as you or your dream job-City Girl, Country Vet (Tal...
27. Read a book set in a cold climate-The Shining (The Shining, #1)
28. Read a book set in another country-My So-Called Bollywood Life
29. Read a book set somewhere you’d love to visit or relocate to-Before I Let Go
30. Read a book set in your state/territory-Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
31. Read a book translated into EnglishThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (2/2/18)
32. Read a book written by a foreign author-The Diary of a Young Girl
33. Read a banned book-1984
34. Read a book by a young author (under 30)- The Audition
35. Read a book recommended by a friend-Out of the Easy
36. Read a New York Times Bestseller (any month/year)- The Horse Whisperer
37. Read a book that was a gift-The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
38. Read a book with a buddy on Goodreads- Anna and the French Kiss (A... (2/21/18)
39. Read a book “everyone” has read but you-Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
40. Read a book that has been on your TBR for over two years-The Perks of Being a Wallfl...
41. Read a book with a captivating first line- Feed
42. Read a short story collection-Tales of the Unexpected
43. Read a book that is over 500 pages-Smoke (Burned, #2)
44. Read a book that was made into a movie-Wonder
45. Read a book that was adapted for a television series-The 100 (The 100, #1)
46. Read a book you chose because of the cover-I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
47. Read a book with your favorite color on the cover-Amal Unbound
48. Read a book with something edible on the cover-The Unexpected Everything
49. Read a book with an animal on the cover-Amanda Noble, #zoolife
50. Read a book with a metallic/glossy cover-
51. Read a book with a number in the title-10 Things I Can See from Here
52. Read a book with a color in the title-Black Beauty


I am thinking of updating this challenge once a month on this blog. Also, any of the books you see here are prone to be moved around and changed.

That is all for now!

Stay Informal,


The Art of Starving review

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”

Melody Beattie



Good Morning! I hope everyone’s day is starting out just right, if it’s not, hang in there, it only gets better from here.

Here is my review of The Art Of Starving, by: Sam J. Miller:

Well. That was unexpected. I wanted badly to enjoy this book because I love other books just like it, LGBTQ+ / Mental illness. Something about it though made the process of reading it dreadful and long. It was not a bad read at all, I think it was just… odd. I can’t put my finger on it…

It could be the fact that he had super powers and his thought process through it all. I’m not the biggest fan of fantasy so that might be the cause of my low rating. If not, then it was the plot line. I feel as if there was no real substance to the story. Yes I understand the ending and why it occurred, but the other nonsense in between seemed useless.

Originally, I was going to give this a 3 Star, then I switched to giving it 3 stars, but reviewing it as a 2.5. I finally decided on rating it a 2/2.5. Sometimes, when I rate books low, I think about re-reading just to see if I missed something, but with this one, I don’t have the motivation to go through it all again.

Of course this is just one mind and one opinion, and many other reviews and ratings contradict my reflection, but this is how I felt throughout this novel.

Even with all this being said, I did stop and think about some things said in this story. Some concepts were interesting to look at from a struggling teenage boy’s point of view. With this, I probably (probably being emphasized) would recommend this to particular people, but to a general point, if asked if they should read this I would say no. Again, this is just me being blunt and honest. I respect everyone else’s opinions/reviews and am aware that others may think differently.

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Future Reads…

Hello there bookworms!

   “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” ― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

   I thought it would be cool if I added a book quote to every post. It’ll spice things up a bit! I also realized I did not post the books I want to read next month, so I will be doing that in this post. This time, I wont be listing 10 books. I know I wont have a crazy amount of time to read, even with all the holiday breaks. Without further ado, here are three books I would like to read, along with the books I NEED to finish by the end of next month:

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   For the books I am currently reading, but want to finish this year, I will start ahead of schedule with the 4 days I have left of this month. This list is honestly going to be a hassle to get through, but wish me luck!

Stay Informal,



How it’s going over here…


Alrighty. Second post of the day. Looking good. Like I mentioned before, I am going to update everyone on my latest reads, my current reads, and my next TBRs for this year.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeFrankensteinFangirlFor my latest reads, I finished The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. The first reads were mandatory reads for my Gothic Literature class, while Fangirl was a pleasure read.

Like usual, it is always difficult for me to review books that I have to read for a class. I am not particularly sure why, it just mostly has to do with the fact that I have no choice in reading the book, and have to finish it within a certain period of time. I did enjoy these two books though. They were quite nice and truly made me look at the stories a whole new way. Like, who knew Frankenstein was the name of the scientist and not the creature? I sure didn’t! All in all, I rate those two around a 3.5.

FangirlAs for Fangirl, I wish I could rate 4.5 on Goodreads. It took me way too long to pick that book up and read. Don’t get me wrong, it has nothing to do with the actual story, I just had other book interests in mind. In many ways, I could relate to Cath, a Freshman in college who has a difficult time in social situations and is a full-time fangirl. I feel as if the reason I never read this book years ago and let it dust on my shelf was that it had to do with fan fiction and that played an important role in this novel. At the time I bought this book, being in my preteens, I was never crazy about fan fiction. In fact, the only fanfiction I had read was written by my friend, and I could say the same thing today. I am not sure what I am waiting for truthfully, I have had apps like Watt pad withering away on my phone. I should really put them to good use, especially considering I enjoy writing my own stories here and there. Okay, I am getting off topic!

More than 50% of the books I am reading now are the same books I was reading in the post a few months ago. I probably read a few pages of each since then! Things are bad. I NEED to finish these books before 2018 or I will not be able to live with myself!

Here are my current reads:

Everything, Everything  Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon

I started listening to this Audiobook today and being someone who has no idea of the plot, I am quite surprised. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I did not think this was a mental illness book. I have received so many recommendations and any YA book reader knows that there was so much hype about this one. I am just late to the party. Like usual…. 8.5/10 so far though!

The Merciless (The Merciless, #1) The Merciless, by Danielle Vega

I began buddy reading The Merciless by Danielle Vega last week with a pen pal and boy did it take a sharp turn! I did not expect it to get this graphic, but I am not complaining! In my mind, the more blood, the better! In short, this book is. not. for. the. weak. I mean, really it is not that bad, but even my friend needed a break from it. Not everyone can handle that much violence in one sitting. I did not think I could even finish this book at first, to be honest. I judged it by the first two chapters, which was horrible of me, I know! That is not to say it is the greatest. I feel as if it is one of those books where the main character makes you want to punch the book. Just a bit. And I am saying that from the eyes of a reader on chapter 15. My friend can agree. Current rating: 8/10.

One of Us Is Lying One Of Us is Lying, by Karen McManus

   This one has taken me on one heck of a ride! I put it on hold as an audiobook in February and I finally got it into my bookshelf in July, but then, me being me, somehow 14 days of it being on my shelf flew by and before I knew it, it was back in the system and the wait list was another 7 or 8 people. I did manage to get the book back two weeks ago…., but I missed the notification so… back in the system, it went! That was my own fault though. I am not sure how many people are in front of me now, but I am much better going to Barnes and Noble and picking up my own copy. In the little progress I made, I cannot see why there was, and still is so much hype about this book. Again, I am only in the first hour and a half of the book, but I am not getting much feeling for this one. I’ll probably change my mind soon though. Rating as of now 7/10.

Juvie Juvie, by Steve Watkins

I have been reading this one for over a month now, but if we count the times I’ve started this book then its been months. Plural. This book gives me mixed emotions. Like The Merciless although in a much stronger sense, it makes me want to simultaneously punch the main character and the book. On the other hand, it could just be one of those things where you have to be in the characters shoes to really know. I have never been to Juvie nor do I have a sister so it could be… Although I really think this book over exaggerates some matters. That is why I have “started” this book a good 4 times now. I’ve contemplated whether I should leave it as DNF but then realized my soul is too good for that. It really is not that bad, I perhaps just had my expectations a little too high. My current rating for this book is 6.5/10.

City Girl, Country Vet (Talyton St George, #1) City Girl, Country Vet, by Cathy Woodman

Here is where the books I have been “reading” for the past few months come piling in. It is surprising how some of these books make it on my DNF list. Technically, I have not completely given up on these books, I have just picked up another book, and another, and another, to the point where these ones are on the bottom. I did promise on finishing them before the end of the year. City Girl, Country Vet was one of my most anticipated reads at the time, particularly because I am planning on studying Veterinary Medicine and this book hones in on that perfectly. It is just another one of those things where I became crazy and interested in other books where they became my first choice. Although I have not read much of this, the rating would be 9/10.

Burned (Burned, #1)  Burned, by Ellen Hopkins

Ohhh yes. Ellen Hopkins. Not sure how I have not finished this book. I mean yes, it is 532 pages long, but Crank was 537 and I finished that in a jiffy! I only have around 100 pages left though. I do not have much to say about this one because, in my world, all of Ellen Hopkins’ books are a work of art. Current rating would be a 9.5/10

Have a Nice Day (Anna Bloom, #2) Have a Nice Day, by Julie Halpern

Okay, Have a Nice Day was a bit of a disappointment to me. I am around a quarter of the way through, but I intermediately stopped and considered giving up on this one. I started reading this book in May shortly after I finished its prequel Get Well Soon. I was shocked because GWS was a great read. I think it would have been better as a standalone, but once again, I need to stop with the judgments. I feel like I am equipped to say something like that once I actually get halfway through the book. Who knows though, it could get better!

The Shining The Shining, by Stephen King

Last, but definitely not least, there’s the classic,  The Shining. This one goes back to March, but in truth, I started this one in the beginning of 2016, when pleasure reading was somewhat new to me. I did not read much the first time though so I decided to return to the first page and restart the second time. Again, another masterpiece that is not fit to be on my abandoned for now shelf on Goodreads. With luck, I can get past the fact that the book is bigger than my face and finish it before the next year. Rating for this one so far is a 10/10. My childhood would not be complete without the adaptations of Stephen King, therefore, I give my heart out to you SK.


Well, there is my update for this month. Maybe once a month whether it is at the end or beginning, I make a long post like this with updates of my reading.

I hope you guys enjoyed the read, and if so, give the post some love!

sTaY InFoRmAl,