Title: History is All You Left Me
Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: YA Contemporary
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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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.
If you are looking for an author that will break your heart, look no further than Adam Silvera. I loved his first novel, and this was no different. It was wholly complex, sad, but in the end hopeful and so lovely.
This book is told non-linearly, which took me a bit to get used to, but was a great decision for this book. Adam does it so well, so there's no confusion. I do love Adam's writing, although it can get a bit dense at times. But it really draws you into the story and doesn't let you go.
Griffin is grieving the death of his best friend/ex-boyfriend. I think this is a subject that doesn't get tackled much in YA, and I am so glad Adam did. Griffin is just trying to figure out how to move forward when life no longer looks like anything he imagined. All of the characters were written very vividly, very real. They acted the way grieving teenagers might act. Sure, they made some terrible decisions from time to time, but we really get into Griffin's head and understand where he's coming from.
Griffin also struggles with OCD, and this was handled very well. We got to see a bit into Griffin's head and understand what it is like for someone who struggles with OCD. So often anxiety is just another plot point, turned on and off when it suits the story, so I was very glad to see accurate representation.
This was another great story from Adam Silvera, and I can't wait to read whatever he has for us next.
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