Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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. (Goodreads)
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera completely tore me apart. It’s one of those books which is written so beautifully and emotionally written and all you do it feel all these emotions throughout the book, which for me, was a huge turn on.
It also did have a plot which didn’t get lost in the beauty of his writing. I find some books are beautifully written, but as an actual story, they aren’t too great in terms of plot, however, I didn’t feel that one bit whilst reading this book. There were funny parts, cute parts, and of course, the incredibly painful parts. Just when you think Silerva couldn’t tear you into any more pieces, he does.
Although I found Griffin quite flawed in ways other than his OCD, such as I found him quite selfish, I actually really like him as a character. I felt he was incredibly realistic, and showed the truths of grieving. There were times I completely loved him and times he got on my nerves, but I think that’s why I liked him as a character.
I actually found that there wasn’t a character I hated. I can’t say I was fond of Jackson at the start but I certainly grew towards him, and the more Wade was mentioned, the more I loved him.
Another thing I really loved about this book was how open it was about sex (done safely, of course). I find that when sex is brought into most YA books, the authors weaves around and avoids the word but Silvera uses openly and I actually prefer that, but I guess that’s a personal opinion.
I really did absolutely love this book. I can’t even count the amount of time there were at least tears in my eyes. Definitely adding it to my favourites of this year!
Have you read History is All You Left Me? What did you think of it?
Lucy 🙂 x