History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera | REVIEW
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Published by Soho Teen on January 17th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository
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.
** Received an ARC from from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **
You’re still alive in alternate universe, Theo, but I live in the real world, where this morning you’re having an open-casket funeral.
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History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera is a contemporary YA about a boy who has lost his ex-boyfriend, Theo, and now must come to terms with his death by finding out more about his new life through Theo’s new boyfriend, Jackson. This book is equal parts touching, sad, and enjoyable. I highly recommend it!
What I have come to expect from Silvera’s novels are complex characters. There is no shortage of them in History is All You Left Me. Griffin was by far my favorite character aside from Theo of course. Griffin has OCD, so he is always doing things in even numbers. Though this is a big aspect of his life and personality, it doesn’t take away from the overall picture Silvera is trying to tell. He is confused, grief-ridden, and just looking for answers. He came across exceedingly real on the page and I was able to connect with him on many levels.
Theo was also a stand out character for me. Although we only see him in the flashbacks of history, we still get a chance to know a great deal about him alive and in death. He was caring and sweet towards both Griffin and Jackson. He plays an extremely important role in History is All You Left Me for both boyfriends, past and present. He represents the rock that holds both characters grounded. In his death, they find the answers they need to begin to move on.
It makes sense that there would be a lot of grief going around in a book about losing the one you love the most in the world. Silvera does a fantastic job making the grief in both the story and the characters come across real, personal, and emotional. It is a hard thing to put across on page in way that resonates with readers, but History is All You Left Me does just that.
We see the most grief through Griffin. Being separated from Theo was hard on him and the only way to move on was to connect with Jackson and learn more about his time with Theo in California. Through is turmoil we see him grow and learn to accept what has happened and to cherish the history he shares with Theo.
The writing in History is All You Left Me is a testament to how amazing Silvera is at what he does best. His writing is filled with emotion, humor, nostalgia, grief, and realness. He is able to bring his characters to life off the page and make you feel what they feel, and see what they see.
Flipping from the past to the present, Silvera offers a wider view into the lives of Griffin, Theo, and Jackson. With a distinction between both times, it never leaves the reader confused to what is going on, or what time frame you’re in. For contemporary, Silvera is a force to be reckon with!
In my honest opinion there was nothing I found indecent about History is All You Left Me. What I will say is that it doesn’t live up to the amazingness that was Silvera’s first book, More Happy Than Not though. They each have their stories to be told, but I felt more when reading the former.
This was a great read and a fantastic sophomore novel for Silvera. Let me know what you guys thought of History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
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.