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Review: History is All You Left Me By Adam Silvera


Published:  January 17th 2017 by Soho Teen

Source: Local Library

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 294

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Mental Illness

Synopsis: 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.


Spoiler Free Review:

So if you’re one of the people who read More Happy Than Not when it was released, you might be one of the people who had to wait 2 years for this book. That was me. After the 2 year wait, History is All You Left Me did not disappoint. 


The book switches from past and present and from second to first person. The chapters told from the past following Griffin and Theo’s relationship and how they fall apart. The present is told from a second person perspective, where Griffin is actually talking to dead Theo. At first, it took a while to get used to but it definitely worked for this story. 


When reading the synopsis, it seems like this book revolves around Griffin and Theo’s relationship along with Jackson. But there’s so much more to it than just a break up. It deals with grief, mental illness, unhealthy coping mechanisms. Griffin’s journey wasn’t just about Theo and I loved that aspect. Mental illness plays a very big role as well. Griffin’s OCD and anxiety plays a huge role and Adam Silvera wrote it very well. Besides that, this book was just really really sad. There were times where it physically hurt to read this book and I kind of wanted to hurl it at the wall. But if Adam Silvera can have that much of a reaction from me, it really goes to show how good this book is.


Another aspect I really appreciated was how supportive both Griffin, Theo and Jackson’s parents were. In particular, when Griffin and Theo came out, both parents were super supportive and encouraging. It’s nice to see encouraging parents in young adult which isn’t always common. 


Griffin was a pretty relatable character, specifically with a few of his compulsions, I have the same thing with odd and even numbers. But also how his relationship with Theo. I haven’t ever been in a romantic relationship, but I have experienced friendship fallouts. It’s more like what meant so much to me doesn’t mean anything to you. Griffin goes through a similar experience with Theo. I also really liked Jackson and how he really made an effort to form a friendship with Griffin. Their relationship was interesting, to say the least but I’ll leave that for you discover for yourself. 


Highlight for spoiler: So there is one thing that I don’t particularly know I feel about. I really didn’t expect Griffin and Wade to actually be a thing. I didn’t think there was much development in their relationship. It felt like they were treating each other more as coping mechanisms. Personally, I think it was a little too soon for Griffin to start up another relationship. 


All in all, Adam Silvera delivered yet another wonderful book. It was both heartbreaking and heartwarming and dealt with some great topics. I cannot wait to see more of Adam’s works and what he has to offer.


Rating: 4.75/5


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