Review originally published on Goodreads – September 27, 2018.
“But no matter what choices we make – solo or together – our finish line remains the same… No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.”
This is my first Adam Silvera book. I just finished reading this a few minutes ago.. and tears are still streaming down my face, so.
Aaaaahhh. I can’t believed I stretched reading this book for more than a month. I was too busy and I almost DNFed this and all of the books on my TBR would have remained untouched.
Good thing I battled against my mind and picked this book up again. The last 30% of this book was so so so good.
I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book, except for the main thing, that, yes. Yes, I’m reading a book where the author explicitly said that you are about to read a book and fall in love with characters that will both die in the end. Why would I do that to myself? Because, I love hurting myself with fictional deaths, that’s why.
“The best thing about dying is your friendship.”… “And even if I never got to kiss you, you gave me the life I always wanted.”
This story is another happens-in-one-day type. Literally the last 24 hours of our dear Rufus and Mateo. The POVs quickly switch between the two and a whole lot of other characters who are part of their life or they interacted through chance.
From the prompt, to the author’s writing style, the dynamic and the extremely bittersweet ending, Adam Silvera quickly captured my heart. Definitely looking forward to read more of his books.. Hopefully they’re as good, if not better, than this one.
☁ THE CRITERIA ☁
Amazing prompt. Amazing title. Definitely attention grabbing.
Mateo is your shy type soft cutie baby. Someone sensitive that you want to curl into a blanket and hug so tight.
🌻 Other Hero:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Rufus is your also-sensitive but hides it all under a gangster/badboy facade. Still very loving and very loyal to people he treats as family.
🌻 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐
So many characters with little to very little exposure but will surely give you a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
🌻 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I love Adam Silvera’s style. His words are flowing and easy to read but does not come across as too simple or too shallow.
🌻 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mateo and Rufus both gave their hearts of gold time to shine.
Very little. As it was not really what the book was going for. But all those scenes toward made me super kilig the super broken hearted so that’s that.
🌻 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I wish the title was sarcastic. But, oh well.
🌻 Page Turner:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
☁FINAL VERDICT: 4.72/5 rounded up to ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐☁