They Both Die at the End
There's so much to say about this novel but to be short and sweet: This novel is truly great, because of the realistic character dynamics and the emotional tie it creates with the reader.
The characters are flawed and REAL, which makes the story so powerful. This novel is a love story, sure, but the love isn't superficial and rather a side plot to all the other conflicts and events happening (friendship, adventure, DEATH).
One minor criticism, which could just be my own experience, at times I had a difficulty distinguishing if I was reading Mateo or Rufus's POVs. Although it became clear with the distinct thoughts and diction, I sometimes had to check the titles of the chapters again JUST to be sure. 😉
But seriously, this novel is a wonderful read!
You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships. Some you'll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth every risk.