Book Review: "History Is All You Left Me" by Adam Silvera

"History Is All You Left Me" Adam Silvera

It`s October, I`m reading "They Both Die At The End" and I`m only just reviewing "History Is All You Left Me". If you`ve been on this blog for a while, then you know that Adam Silvera is one of my favourite authors.His stories are beautiful and heartbreaking, and he just has a unique writing style. I am not the biggest fan of YA contemporaries, but Adam`s novels are pure gold. So why did it take me so long to review this book? Because like I mentioned earlier, Adam`s stories are heartbreaking.

The main character is Griffin, who recently lost the love of his life, Theo. The story is told between past and present, showing us the beginning of Griffin`s relationship with Theo, and the aftermath of his death. It also shows the progression of Griffin`s OCD, how it affected his relationship and completely took over in the end. Whilst there are some bittersweet moments in the past, there`s no denying that reading about the present will make you feel depressed. Griffin is a mess and the only one that gets what he`s going through is Jackson, Theo`s current boyfriend at the time of the accident. Neither of them ready to move on, they start a codependent friendship that revolves around their memories of Theo.

I adored this story, though I don`t think that this is a book for everyone. Or you at least have to be in a certain state of mind to read it. I mean, if you`re going through a depression, this might make things worse. Though the overall message of the book is a positive one, I suppose. Despite the heartbreak, it`s an amazing book about grief and moving on. When I was reading the epilogue and Griffin`s last words to Theo, I was smiling like an idiot. That part is so beautifully written, I don`t have enough adjectives to describe it.

I also feel that it`s crucial to say that this is an own voice novel, Adam being gay and suffering from OCD himself. So the portrayal of mental illness is spot on. It wasn`t easy being in Griffin`s mind, but I found it a great case-study for observing how OCD affects a person`s everyday life. From minor to major aspects, Adam showed a true representation of mental illness.

Needless to say, I gave this book 5 stars and you`ll definitely see it on my Top 10 Books of 2017 list.


8 comments :

  1. This book sounds amazing... thx for sharing dear...:-)
    Beauty and fashion

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    1. Adam is a great writer and this book is amazing. Thanks for the comment.

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  2. Ooo this sounds like my kind of book! I'll have to check it out :)

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    1. I do hope you`ll enjoy it if you pick it up.

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  3. I have heard so many great things about this book, so it makes me so happy to hear you liked this so much! :) Seeing another glowing review from you just makes me even more anxious to give it a try. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

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    1. It`s phenomenal. Just be prepared for it to break your heart.

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  4. This is one I've been wanting to read for a while now. I keep reading such wonderful reviews for it, including yours. Books like Adam's are so important and I'm glad we're getting more and more of them.

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    1. It`s definitely worth all the hype, a superb and beautifully written story.

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