They Both Die at the End

33385229Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: Fiction
“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.”

I crapped out at page 200 and something. I really didn’t like this book. The plot sounded interesting but the characters, the writing, and, the pacing just didn’t deliver. The biggest glaring problem in the book was the grammar. One of the characters, Rufus, was a Puerto Rican teen from the “hood”, meaning he spoke in AAVE (African American Vernacular English).

Well, at least he supposed to but the author could not write it properly. A lot of Rufus’ dialogue was so blotchy, false, and downright cringe-worthy. The grammar in Rufus’ AAVE probably wouldn’t bother people who aren’t from NYC and don’t know how to speak it probably but, as a black woman who can code switch pretty well, it was such a big problem. I wish authors would either do more research on the grammar of AAVE or let that shit go because reading it written so poorly was almost embarrassing. It was also a huge factor in me not continuing on in the story.

Rufus and Mateo were annoying to read about when they interacted with each other. I don’t know how that’s possible but they were just bad together. One their own I found that I could sympathize with their lives and hardships separately, but they got along like water and oil.

There aren’t a lot of books that are 200 pages or more that only cover 24 hours for a reason. It gets boring unless the author can fill every hour with something super amazing and meaningful. Which Silvera did not. I feel like there was an effort to force some sort of great purpose in Mateo and Rufus’ last hours but I couldn’t connect to any of it. There was a lot of running around and nothing going on. I tried to keep reading to see if something interesting or moving would happen, but no dice. Maybe something cooler happens later on in the book. I don’t feel too bad about not getting to it.

I wouldn’t recommend this book. It felt like a huge waste of time.


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