History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Published by Soho Teen on January 17, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Health, LGBT
Pages: 320 Format: ARC Source: BEA
I acquired this ARC from the publisher at Book Expo America. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.
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.
A powerful story of love, loss, grief, and understanding, History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera introduces the reader to Griffin, a teen boy who’s just lost his best friend and first love. I was prepared to be emotionally wrecked, but put this book off for far too long. This outstanding book deserves more than my jumbled thoughts and feelings, but I honestly cannot compose myself enough.
The poignancy of this story is held up by not only Griffin, but Jackson, Theo, and Wade as well. While struggling with both depression and OCD tendencies, Griffin still has personality and a sense of humor to spare. Jackson offers a sweet understanding side and Theo (in the past) is passionate and quirky. Wade rounds everything out with his loyalty and caring. All four boys form a piece of the puzzle and their interconnection and humanity truly allows the narrative to stand out.
This book hit me on such a personal level which I wasn’t expecting. Silvera nails grief and loss with such eloquence and it took me back to my own suffering. I related to Griffin so much as he struggled through each moment deeply connected with how places hold their memories. The rawness and reality of looking back through the past and psychoanalyzing every single moment was ridiculously on point as well. I don’t think it could be written any better.
Overall Adam Silvera’s History Is All You Left Me is an extremely compelling narrative filled with heartache and longing, but also hope. Griffin, Jackson, and the rest are all fully realized and relatable characters and the depth of feeling conveyed through the page is astounding. I highly recommend this to all but suggest reading when you’re in a good head space. Also taking breaks throughout is totally understandable.
So are you looking forward to reading History Is All You Left Me? Which stories do you connect with on a personal level? Let me know in the comments below!