History is All You Left Me | Book Review

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History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera 

Published by Simon and Schuster, 2017
Genre: Young-adult, Contemporary
Pages: 292
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

This was the second book I bought in the buy-one-get-one-half-price deal at the airport alongside Orbiting Jupiter. HonestlyI'm not really sure why I picked this up but I saw it and decided why not? It was probably some subconscious thing as since buying it, I have noticed Adam Silvera is everywhere, especially with his new release They Both Die in the End so I probably recognised the name and thought I must have read a review somewhere.

Griffin is still trying to get over his first and only love, Theo, who moved to the other side of America and got a new boyfriend. But when the love of his life tragically drowns, it seems like every day just gets duller, more and more difficult to get through. Griffin pushes everyone away with his grief but he ends up finding comfort in the least suspecting person- Theo's new boyfriend, Jackson. This is a story about the struggles of grief, first loves, second loves and friendship.

I expected to cry with this book and was slightly disappointed when I didn't. Sounds like an odd criticism and don't get me wrong, I don't go into every book wishing for it to make me cry, but when you expect it, you expect it. For me, if a book can make me cry, it must be a good book. I don't cry often so it must have really made me feel some strong emotions for those characters and what happened to them. Sadly I didn't get that with this. I think it is maybe that it started off sad, was sad throughout most of the book, but actually had a happier ending than expected which meant there wasn't a sudden moment of sadness that really got me, as it was a sadness then kept throughout the book.

However, that doesn't go to say that I didn't enjoy it. Now thinking back, I think I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I did when I first finished. The character development of Griffin who started off completely consumed by is first love with Theo and couldn't see anything past that, or the guilt in moving on, grows so much by the end of the novel. And he grows in a way that isn't necessarily noticeable until the end so I really loved how Adam Silvera dealt with that.

I really want to read some of Adam Silvera's other books (and I saw he has a few more in the pipeline for the next few years on his Instagram including one with Becki Albertalli so that's very exciting) as I really loved his writing and characters. His other books also sound really interesting one of which is definitely meant to be a cryer so fingers crossed!

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  1. I've heard a LOT of rave over this book but after reading your review I'm a bit 50-50. I do still want to read it but it's no longer really high on my TBR list x Nikita

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    1. Let me know how you get on with it! I'm sure you will love it despite it maybe being over hyped :)


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