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.
*I would like to thank Nicka from Read By Nicka for including me in this blog tour and also to Penguin Random House International / Soho Teen for providing the arc that we’ve read.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
History Is All You Left Me is the first book that I’ve read that was written by Adam Silvera, and oh, it did not disappoint. The first thing that I noticed is his writing style. It was so easy to read and I just love it. Though you really can’t read this book in just one sitting because it’s not a light-read, the topics that this book tackles including grief, makes it so emotional and you will need to absorb all the feels for a moment. It’s a very short book, 297 pages to be exact, but still it took 4 days for me to finish this book. I just can’t handle the feels.
I really love this book. From the writing, story, and to the characters. The story follows Griffin, who’s mourning for his ex-boyfriend, Theo, and the only person who probably knows his struggles is Jackson, the one he hates. The characters were great, there are things that I can relate to, and the change between History And Today (present) in the book makes it a roller coaster ride. On one page you’re really sad, but on the next one you’re not. The things that was happened in the past was really interesting for me to read and it explains so much regarding the present day, the example of this is we learn why Griffin hates Jackson.
Even though this is an emotional read, it can still make you laugh by the things that was happened in the past, on the characters History. But of course, those times were limited and the rest was so depressing, but I love it. I think people need to read a depressing book at least once in a while you know.
I really like the fact that Adam Silvera managed to tackle mental health in his book. The main character, Griffin, has a Obsessive–compulsive disorder or OCD. We can really see the struggles that he face as he mourns, but we can also know his struggles as a person who is compulsive over things and I like that. This book just taught me that this OCD and/or mental health thing is very real and it’s not a thing to have jokes about. People who have OCD can have panic attacks when they feel uncomfortable and I want to thank Adam for sharing this knowledge to me.
Overall, even though it’s a short book, you will be having a hard time reading it fast because of the emotional aspects throughout the book. But it’s not a bad thing really. The characters, the story, are amazing. The writing style was perfect and I can’t wait to read Adam Silvera’s other book which is More Happy Than Not. This is my first five star read for this year, and I’m so happy that I’ve read this very powerful and honest book. Y’all should read this when you’re in the mood for an emotional read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
F I V E O U T O F F I V E S T A R S
“History is nothing. It can be recycled or thrown away completely. It isn’t this sacred treasure chest I mistook it to be. We were something, but history isn’t enough to keep something alive forever.”
“I’ll never understand how time can make a moment feel as close as yesterday and as far as years.”
Also, don’t forget to check out the reviews of the other participants for this blog tour:
JM @ The Book Freak Revelations
Inah @ The Bibliophile Confessions
Jasmine @ Jamine Pearl Reads
Bianca @ The Ultimate Fangirl
Camelle @ Home of A Booklover
Miguel @ The Quirky Reader
Nicka @ Read By Nicka
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.