History Is All You Left Me: My Review

After reading They Both Die At The End I felt like I needed to cry some more and picked up another Adam Silvera book, and I did indeed cry some more but it was absolutely worth it!

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Release: 2017

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Warning: This book deals with OCD and grief and it can be triggering in my humble opinion.

The story:

History is all you left me follows high school senior Griffin, after his ex boyfriend Theo died. We don’t know how at first, but what we do know is that Theo promised Griffin he would never die. Theo was not only his ex, he was his first love, his best friend, and the first person he came out to. But no one seems to understand his loss, except for Jackson, Theo’s new boyfriend, who he always refused to meet. The story navigates between past and present, following the first days of Theo and Griffin’s romance until their breakup and the present day, where Griffin has to deal with his grief and his OCD, as well as everything in between.

My opinion:

Before I say anything else, I just wanted to put it out there: although a bit triggering, I though the mental health representation was absolutely fantastic in this book.

Now. This book, oh boy. It was beautiful and heartbreaking and moving at the same time. I think I liked it even more than They Both Die At The End because we see a lot of character developement, when it comes to Griffin or Theo, and also Wade and Jackson. There is a lot of build up, and the elements slowly come together to make a beautiful puzzle of human beings.

This book is precious. It depicts its character in a very human way. Theo and Griffin both made mistakes at some point in their relationship, but they cared for each other from the beginning to the end. I liked the fact that it showed teenagers, who are still growing and learning how to live, how to deal with breakup and grief, and what to do with your life. I thought the book dealt with it in a very truthful way.

History Is All You Left Me is a slow burn, the more I read it, the more I liked it and was amazed by it.  It’s slow paced, extremely well-written, and beautiful. You simply have to read it.

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May Wrap Up

So basically, May has been a terrible reading month for me. I was exhausted all the time, and I had to work on my Master’s thesis – which I still have to complete. I managed to read four books throughout the month, which is a low. But I’m still glad because all four of them had been on my TBR for a long time, so that’s still great progress!

I didn’t film a video this month because I didn’t have the time, I look terrible, and it’s not all that worth it, if it’s only for four books, so here are my ratings!

Books I read this month:

Book 2 in the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante ⭐⭐⭐
The End of Eddy by Edouard Louis ⭐⭐⭐⭐
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare ⭐⭐⭐
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (review)

Currently reading:

Histoiry is all you left me by Adam Silvera
Journal du dehors by Annie Ernaux
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Break.up by Joanna Walsh

They Both Die At The End: My Review

I heard so many great things about Adam Silvera and his books, but hadn’t read any of them yet before that. They Both Die At The End had actually been sitting in my kindle for quite some time, and I finally picked it up the the other day, as I was procrastinating in the library instead of working on a paper, or my thesis, or whatever I was supposed to do.

Genre: YA, Contemporary with a SciFi-ish twist

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Warning: Do not, I repeat, do not read this book in a public place. I tried reading it in the commute on my way to work, and I had to close it and hold back the tears.

Goodreads summary:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

My opinion:

I absolutely LOVED the concept of this story. The whole Death Cast idea is brilliant and at least I knew I wouldn’t have a bad surprise at the end. I mean, I had been warned. Which doesn’t mean I didn’t cry on several occasions while reading this book, because I totally did.

To be honest, my biggest regret was that I felt it took too long for the story to really get started. I had to wait for the second half of the story to really be immersed into it.

Otherwise I really liked that we got a dual POV, following both Mateo and Rufus throughout the story. It was also interesting to get some other perspectives and see how stories could get intertwined. I think the whole book was really well executed. The characters were both realistic and endearing, and it was extremely moving.

We also have some solid friendships in this book, whether it’s Lidia or the Plutos. All we get is teenagers uplifiting one another, that’s strong, and that’s amazing. I want more characters like this, I want characters like these everywhere.

Overall, the book is quite a quite read, it’s well-written and very moving, it has a great concept and great characters, and I would definitely recommend it (with a box of tissues by your side).

Inside Out Booktag

I think I may have been tagged to do this at some point, but never got around actually doing it, and now I just stumbled onto it on Meggan’s blog, and decided that I had to do it.

There are just five prompts, following the five emotions from the (awesome) movie Inside Out, and for each, I picked a book!

JOY | Which book brings you the most joy?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This book is the best, it’s fantastic, it’s sweet and beautiful and it just makes me so happy.

DISGUST | Which book grossed you out the most?

Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn. The whole mind jelly thing or whatever (you’ll have to excuse me I read it a long time ago though it’s something I will unfortunately never forget) completely grossed me out, it gave me the chills, it was just so disturbing.

FEAR | Which book scared you more than anything?

I don’t really read scary books or horror stories for some reason, so I’m going to go with The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas because throughout the book I was just so scared for everyone’s lives all the time.

SADNESS | Which book made you cry the hardest?

This question only has one answer for me and that is One Day by David Nicholls. It breaks my heart every time I think about it. This book is so beautiful and sad at the same time (and I can only recommend it!)

ANGER | Which book pissed you off the most?

For this one I’m going to go with My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante and I know it’s apparently an unpopular opinion, but I just don’t get why so many people love this book. I don’t like the main characters and especially Lila, and don’t relate with whatever happens. I’m reading book two right now, and I don’t even know why because it’s overall SO FRUSTRATING.

And that’s it for today’s post, thanks for reading!

Thoughts on The 100 S5E03

I’m trying this thing where I post a video about the latest episode of The 100 every week, because I absolutely love this show, and this season is honestly much more promising than the two previous ones so far, so here are my thoughts on episode 3 if you are interested!