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,




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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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,


I am back!

Phew! What a break! Okay, now that I’ve been missing for a good few months, it’s time to get back to business. I am slowly finding more and more time to read, and I think I have decided to turn this blog into a book blog, not just random nonsense. From now on, this blog will be related to books in ways of reviews, recommendations, to-be-reads, reading progress, etc.

I still believe I can only manage around once a week of publishing, but this time, I am fighting hard to keep my word! I will make another post later today updating everyone on my reading “stats” and on future reads.

Thank you for those who still read my posts and are reading this one now. I wouldn’t be here making a post months later if it weren’t for you. Have a great day, and happy late Thankgiving!


Stay Informal,


No I am not dead.

For the few followers that I have, in case you were wondering, no I am not dead. I really do not have an excuse for my leave of absence, so lets try and leave off where we were.

Lately, I have been reading less and less more books. I am really trying to murder my TBR, but either laziness or lack of motivation is stopping me from doing so. At the moment, I am actively reading “Windfall” by: Jennifer E. Smith. I am enjoying it so far. I have never read a book that had to do with winning a lottery or that has a theme similar to “money cannot buy everything.”

I am buddy reading this with a friend, so it may take a while longer to read, but it gives me time to focus on my reading slump.

Here are the books I am reading and the lame excuses I could come up with:


  • “The Shining” by: Stephen King– No excuse really…. just its length maybe? Really love the story though so I do not see why I am holding back.
  • “All the Light We cannot see” by: Anthony Doerr– I am not a crazy historical fiction girl. I rarely read these books and it is taking me QUITE some time to adjust to this one. I am also waiting for the audio book version on OverDrive….
  • “Have a Nice Day (Anna Bloom, #2) ” by: Julie Halpern– I have completely been lazy. I have been listening to so many audio books alone that I have become accustomed to them. Now, reading a whole book seems like a tedious task to me! That hurts to say.
  • “Juvie” by: Steve Watkins– Another lazy read for me. I also am not enjoying this book quite too much. Especially since i started reading it through a CD audio book and the voice went SUPER slow. I am planning on re-reading this from the physical book to get the real feel for it.
  • “Burned” by: Ellen Hopkins– I have no complaints about this one. I pick it up whenever I can. Car rides, airplane trips, waiting rooms. Really when I don’t have technology to distract me.
  • “City Girl, Country Vet (Talyton St George, #1)” by: Cathy Woodman– Same excuse as above. This book is one I have been wanting to read for a while and I am really liking it so far.
  • “Fangirl” by: Rainbow Rowell– Okay, this one is a legitimate excuse. I was listening to the audio book on OverDrive and my loan time ran out. Let me say that I had this book on hold for approximately 4 months. Way to waste your 21 loaning period Aishah…..
  • “A Dog’s Purpose (A Dog’s Purpose, #1) ” by: W. Bruce Cameron– Read the paragraph above…..
  • And last, but definitely not least….” Windfall” by: Jennifer E. smith– Not currently part of my reading slump. Just waiting on a friend to return from her vacation to continue reading along.


Well, there you have it ladies and gentlemen. A full list of excuses of why I haven’t been reading. I really want to stay on top of this blog. I want to be truthful when I say I will post once a week.

For now, this is all I have. Till next time loyal friends!

Stay informal,