Hey all, Dani here.
Today’s review is for the wonderful new book by Adam Silvera, and I’ll start this by saying that I received an ARC of this book back in June while at Barnes & Noble’s Teen Book Fest. Adam Silvera and Jasmine Warga were both present for a signing and writer workshop. Receiving a signed ARC did not influence my rating or opinion of this book in any way.
The release date for this book is January 17, 2017.
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.
I gave this book a rating of 5 stars, and I simply could not put it down. It was so exciting to get this ARC, because honestly History is All You Left Me sounded more interesting than Adam Silvera’s first book (More Happy Than Not–which I also read and really enjoyed). My plan had been to just read the first chapter and then put the ARC away until like October or something. Instead I ended up carrying the book with me to work and reading it in every free moment I got.
Guess what? This is probably not a book to read in public. There are some emotional moments that will get you right in the feels.
So yeah, what influenced my rating for this story is Adam’s incredibly realistic character portrayals and relationships within the story. They were so complex and diverse, and even when the characters made decisions that I wouldn’t, I understood why they did it. Griffin’s struggles with his OCD, and the choices he makes because of them, and also because of how he’s acting due to Theo’s death, were something I was compelled to follow.
The handling of these emotions and the downward spiral of these boys dealing with grief and love and lust was just breathtaking, honestly.
There’s a lot more I could probably say about this book, but I’m trying to avoid saying anything spoilery because I don’t want to ruin this book. I just know that I am definitely buying a hardcover copy when it’s released.