This book is no joke. It legitimately broke me. I am certain my DNA has changed from reading it. I finished it two weeks ago and it still feels too soon to be able to put into words how it made me feel, but for you, dear readers, I will try.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
OVERALL: During spin class, there are moments where you sprint for 30 seconds or a minute at a time, full-tilt. My teacher loves to do 5 or 7 in a row, but between each sprint, you add weight (one spin from a dial that controls the weight on the wheel) to your bike. So, while, on the first sprint, you are going 25MPH, by the last sprint, you can barely move under the accumulated weight you’ve added. You don’t really feel the weight differencial until that final sprint where you want to curl up and accept defeat rather than pump your legs through the quagmire of weight you’ve added. My spin class experience is the perfect metaphor for how TBDATE will leave you feeling. I began it while laughing that Adam would dare call his book by it’s ending and then read it to its inevitable conclusion, slowly, with a rapidly increasing heart rate, sipping small breaths with tears in my eyes and determined to see it through, regardless of the pain inflicted, to its bitter end. My god, that ending.
*Stops and tears up*
*Attempts to continue review*
I keep writing and deleting this next line because it’s, frankly, impossible for me to put into words how this book made me feel, so I will end my overall review by saying that YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK WHEN IT RELEASES ON SEPTEMBER 5th. Pre-order links are here: Amazon // Book Depository. Trust me, you will thank me later.
ME TALK PRETTY: This book is bursting with amazing quotes. We were provided an ARC by Adam when he visited Orlando this Summer for the Orlando Public Library Orlando Book Festival earlier this summer, so quotes may not be final. Also, let us take a moment to remember our time at the Orlando Book Festival, since a recap never happened. And, yes, that is Fallon and Morgan with us in the first photo!
“I wasted all those yesterdays and am completely out of tomorrows.”
“No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.”
“I love you from here to there.”
“I am at the finish line, but I never ran the race.”
“I don’t know how much life we have left, but I don’t want to miss it.”
HE SAID/HE SAID: Not only does this book provide two amazing voices in Mateo and Rufus, but Adam also incorporates seemingly unrelated narrators in unexpected ways to further the story. The convergence of these story lines are delicate and unexpected surprises that literally make what would be the background of this story into a third dimension of reality and beauty.
DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE. Writing style and riveting story aside, I made a list about how inclusive and diverse this book was and I want to share my talking points it with you so you can wonder how all these topics were so thoroughly and thoughtfully covered in less than 400 pages:
- M/M love story written by a gay man
- Cuban-American characters
- Adopted characters
- Experiences of a loved one with a prolonged sickness and the impact on his life
- Possible agoraphobia
- While it reads like a contemporary, this book explores deep and intrinsic themes of life and death vs. living and dying within the context of a speculative near-future science fiction novel
OPEN TAB/LAST CALL: Adam will be in out home town in March, so he pretty much gets pick of the bar (we have suggestions) and drink (even though I am not an adventurous drinker).