I’ve been wanting to post my review for this book forever. I finished this back in March and absolutely loved it. Adam Silvera is one of my favorite authors. I became obsessed with his writing after reading his first book More Happy Than Not last year. Silvera has a way with words and pulling at every emotion possible. The characters he creates are so real and relate able that you become attached immediately.
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.
History Is All You Left Me has got to be the best YA contemporary book of 2017!
“I’ll never understand how time can make a moment feel as close as yesterday and as far as years.”
This book took me on a roller coaster of emotions. The story goes back and forth between past and present. History Is All You Left Me is a true contemporary and there are extremely emotional/funny moments. Adam Silvera is bringing a fresh, new, and exciting voice to literature and this is the kind of voice I think literature; especially YA need. The characters are real, flawed, and complicated. He also writes characters that are part of the LGBTQ+ community which I don’t think we see enough in YA or all genres in general. This book is a mix of love and loss; the feelings you have when trying to find yourself. This is something that everyone goes through at one point or another growing up and Silvera’s writing makes you feel every emotion.
One of the thing’s that I think was done really well in the book is the introduction of character and the detail given to each one. We really do get know each character individually throughout the story which I believe is not always easy for an author to do. Silvera valued each character written in this book and gave them each a clear story line and meaning.
“People are complicated puzzles, always trying to piece together a complete picture, but sometimes we get it wrong and sometimes we’re left unfinished. Sometimes that’s for the best. Some pieces can’t be forced into a puzzle, or at least they shouldn’t be, because they won’t make sense.”
The quote above is one of my favorites and this is the kind of writing you get from Adam Silvera. He grounds us in reality with these characters and emotions. I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone. I think even if you’re not a fan of contemporary novels you will LOVE this one. This book was heartbreaking, beautiful, sad, and unique. Pick it up. I promise you won’t regret it.
If you read this book I would love to hear what you thought about it.
What’s your favorite contemporary book?