Book Review: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Published in 2017 by Simon and Schuster 

294 pages

5 out of 5 stars 

Goodreads Sypnosis:

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.

My Review:

If I had to pick one of the saddest books I’ve read, it would hands down be History is All You Left Me, I was informed that this book would have me sobbing, and feeling all of the sad, which was true. 

But oh my goodness that isn’t even the half of it! This book made me ache, constantly. The dramatic irony, and the fact that the book was written in both present day and flashbacks, made me feel more! As I got to learn more about Theo and Griffin, and their families and friends, but most importantly the nature of their relationship and how it developed, I was loving every moment! And knowing the tragedy that has occured, I knew things were bound to be revealed; and when they were, it was even more heartbreaking! 

Even as soon as I started this book, I had questions, which only goes to show how amazing the writing is! Adam Silvera once again pulled me in and although I did savour the agony, I loved every minute! Both Theo and Griff were and are such precious narrators, I couldn’t get enough! Their scenes made me so happy and filled my heart with all the feels, even more so because, when we are reading the chapters set in the present, I felt like Griffin was speaking openly to Theo, asking questions and speaking thoughts that would tragically go answered. 

What surprised me in this book was how much Jackson would come into it, and how much of a role he’d play in it – Wade too. I adored Wade, I felt for him so much, as he was always a loveable friend to both Theo and Griffin, supportive of them, although knowing what I know now, that definitley packs a punch in the feels! I’m still on the fence about Jackson, like, I felt sad for him but then he admitted something and I was like “hmmmmm not sure about that.” 

Alas, to sum up, this book definitley made me feel a lot, and the writing was addictive  – I felt like I was watching over Griff’s life in the past and present, and it’s something I’ll remember for some time. 

Happy reading,

Brooklyn. ☺


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