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
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Warning: This book deals with OCD and grief and it can be triggering in my humble opinion.
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.
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.