When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.
To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.
If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
Author: Adam Silvera
Part of a Series: No. Standalone.
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Soho Teen
No. of Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA, Mental Illness, OCD
I received an ARC of this book from Soho Teen through my friends at Penguin Random House which in no way swayed my opinion about the story. Huge thanks go to my friend Nicka of Read by Nicka for letting me be part of #HistoryPHBlogTour!
When I first read Adam Silvera’s debut novel, More Happy Than Not, it only took me a few pages to know that Adam will be an auto-buy author for me. He writes with raw honesty and he possesses such bravery to write about the most sensitive topics, and always emerge victorious. He’s also an overall amazing guy, so it comes as no surprise that I was so overjoyed to get the chance to read his sophomore novel, History Is All You Left Me, in advance.
Once again, Adam took on the role of telling the story of a teen that goes through so much, while maintaining a heartbreaking, yet honest theme. If there’s an author who can get away with writing a story that is brutally honest, yet so educating, and full of passion and effort, it’s definitely THE ADAM SILVERA. In under 320 pages, readers get to know more about how hard it is to battle depression while simultaneously having to face everyday life. We also get to discover how different everyone is when it comes to coping up with loss, and grief, and that sometimes, some people take longer to heal than others.
It was so painful yet also so refreshing to read about someone who just lost someone close to him, and to see him go through the rough stages of grief is both terrifying and enlightening. Usually, with Young Adult books, we see and read about characters who die at the end of the story. We don’t get to see how the loved ones who are left cope up with their loss. With HISTORY, that is basically what the story is all about. We see a person be torn apart because of grief, and in the process, we see the character’s development in a brand new perspective. Obviously, this gives the story, as well as the main character, a lot more depth, and it really is impressive.
The healthy amount of twists that the story had also made sure that the reader has enough reason to hold on to the story, and be motivated to finish reading the book. What kind of reader doesn’t like their fair share of plot twists, right? With Griffin, you’ll definitely have plenty of chances to be entertained by how he tackles life, while battling OCD and grief. This doesn’t just gives you a sneak peek as to how he really is, but this also helps readers feel that Griffin could be an actual person: One who feels deeply, and acts as fast as he thinks. This also makes him an unpredictable character.
Overall, I’m definitely more than satisfied with HISTORY. Albeit, to be honest, I loved More Happy Than Not by probably an inch. And, of course, I definitely recommend for everyone to read about Griffin’s story. This book will remind you of how it is to lose someone, and have yourself be broken apart, but later on be made whole again.
“History Is All You Left Me is a compelling story about young and reckless love, friendship, coping up with loss, grief, and how it is to be human. With a narrator that is emotional as he is passionate, this book will definitely make you feel strong feelings. It will make you smile, laugh, and just plain ugly cry. Adam’s sophomore novel is completely different from More Happy Than Not, but just as moving and powerful. Hands down a 5-star read!”
Characters – 4.50
Plot – 5.00
Writing Style – 5.00
Pacing – 3.75
Ending – 4.50
TOTAL – 4.55 / 5★
About the Author:
Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller, and Adam was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.