“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.”
Rating: 5/5 heartbreaking stars
I finally got my ass in check and stopped crying over this book. It still hurts though, but at least I’m not crying.
First thing’s first, WHAT A BOOK TO START 2018 WITH! This was my first book I finished in 2018 and I am so glad it was. If you want a book to make you appreciate life, READ THIS BOOK. I promise you, this will remind you how much of life we actually take for granted.
What would you do if you got a call that today was going to be the last day you are alive? 24 hours left until you are gone. With no explanation of how you are going to die, just that today is that last day you will ever be alive.
Who would you call? Who would you see? Would you have any regrets? Are there things you still wish you could do? Places you never got to see? People you never told how much you cared about them? THESE ARE QUESTIONS WE FORGET TO ASK OURSELVES EVERYDAY. We get so caught up in our jobs, our social media accounts, or our stupid little arguments with friends and family that we forget the bigger picture. Time is ticking, we will all inevitably share the same fate, so are we making our time here worth it?
This was such a great book for me to read because it reminds me how precious life is and made me admit to myself how much I take for granted. January is a month that I loathe TREMENDOUSLY. It’s the month a lost a dear friend from a drunk driver. Reading this book in a way reminded me a lot of him because he was almost exactly like Rufus. They had such similar personalities with a heart of absolute gold who would go above and beyond for their friends. Hence, why I was ugly crying about three chapters into this book.
Also, Mateo’s anxiety was handled perfectly, in my opinion. And he was just the most precious little thing ever, so when Rufus was helping him come out of his shell I was BAWLING LIKE A BABY. Not even kidding. I LOVED how the author had the characters talk about what their own versions of heaven were like. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED. Seriously, I can’t even tell you much I loved that it was acknowledged that we all have different opinions of afterlife and that is perfectly fine.
All in all, I don’t want to ruin too much of this story. Read it, experience it, learn from it, and remember that if there is something happening in your life right now that has you down just think, will it matter 50 years from now? If not, move on. You have a whole life waiting to be lived, memories to make, and moments to cherish forever.
“I cannot tell you how you will survive without me. I cannot tell you how to mourn me. I cannot convince you to not feel guilty if you forget the anniversary of my death, or if you realize days or weeks or months have gone by without thinking about me. I just want you to live.”
Until next time!