Top positive review
Heartbreaking in the best way possible
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2017
Yet another emotional rollercoaster by Adam Silvera. Every one of his books is full of emotional turmoil but written in the most beautiful of ways. I know his books are going to hurt, hell the title gives it all away here, but I am still eager to read the story. It is a nod to his writing talent that he makes me okay with being an emotional wreck as I read.
This book focused on the idea of what would you do if you knew you were going to die. In this world there is a program called Death Cast that calls up people between midnight and 3 and lets them know that they are going to die that day. Rufus and Mateo both receive the call and need someone to spend their last day with. Neither of them is without people in their lives but because of outside forces they can't spend their Last Day with those people. They use the Last Friend app and find one another. Throughout their last hours they find a connection in each other and find a way to release their true selves.
I adored both Mateo and Rufus. They were these two teens who were dealt a bad hand. Fate had it out for them. Both are trying to find a way to find a reason to live. Mateo lost his mother when she gave birth to him and his dad is in a coma. Rufus survived the accident that killed his family. Both of them are reeling from horrible events and both have lost themselves inside their own fear and tragedy.
In one day they find each other and realize that they are not doomed people. Yes, they are going to die but their spirits and souls don't have to die. Mateo learns how to live without fear and Rufus finds the side of himself that he thought he lost when he lost his family. Both boys find a deeper connection then just friendships in each other.
I loved the way life was examined in this novel. The way the idea of living for yourself and finding a way to make life count was talked about. It was a beautiful way of showing that life is never over if you can find the right ways to live it. Rufus and Mateo had only one day but they made it mean something and found love in the process.
I also loved the way small other stories were told throughout the novel. These were people that had some contact with Mateo or Rufus. Some was good interactions and some weren't but in the end it showed how connected everyone is. You don't realize the impact you have on people you barely interact with on a daily basis. A simple smile or tap on the shoulder could change things. Or it may not change anything but what matters is that no one lives in a vacuum. All lives are connected for better or for worse.
I desperately wanted this to end in a way that made me more happy than sad, in the end it gave me hope. Hope that life is always worth living no matter what. Hope shown through these two boys who found a way to make a day matter like a lifetime. Adam Silvera really does know how to write a poignant and meaningful tale.