History Is All You Left Me

History Is All You Left Me

Book - 2017
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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 when Theo dies in a drowning accident, the future he's been imagining for himself is gone. To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. As Griffin loses himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, the secrets he's been keeping are tearing him apart.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Teen, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781616956929
Characteristics: 294 pages ;,22 cm

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mattstrelau
Oct 12, 2017

Love, loss, grief, and renewal. This story is diverse and complex. I highly recommend to anyone who may enjoy reading about the struggles and honesty of love. Definitely a novel that consumed my thoughts once I started reading it.

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erinburrell
Jul 06, 2017

This book is heartbreaking. When you decide to read it, make sure you have plenty of time (you can't read this one in pieces) and bring a box of tissues.

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amistein
Apr 28, 2017

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EvaELPL Mar 30, 2017

When Griffin's ex-boyfriend and first love Theo dies, his entire world is disrupted, and the only person he finds himself able to relate to is Theo's current boyfriend, Jackson. Alternating between flashbacks to Griffin and Theo's relationship (history) and the aftermath of Theo's death (now), this book about first and second loves, grief, and growing up packs an emotional punch from start to finish.

samcmar Feb 15, 2017

I read History is All You Left Me in the course of a day. When I wasn't reading it, I was constantly thinking about it. This is a beautifully written book about a boy who loses his first love at a young age and it alternates between present time and the past. Griffin and Theo's friendship-turned-relationship is organic, it's vibrant, and you see how they bring the best out of each other. Silvera has this knack for making you laugh on one page, and then gut punching you on the next. This is a great LGBT romance novel, and I highly recommend it.

Chapel_Hill_StephenA Feb 06, 2017

I say this with the utmost regard, but Adam Silvera is an author who will rip your heart out, grind it up, and laugh at you while you bleed. History is a pull-no-punches exploration of grief, memory, and mental health. These characters were fully realized and surprised me at every turn. Even when I hated the things they did, I still found myself rooting for them and relating to them. Silvera does a nice job of balancing light and dark, and the ending is ultimately hopeful. If you love a feel bad book or just need a good cry, this may be your next favorite.

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mattstrelau
Oct 10, 2017

I don't know what will be left of me if love and grief can't bring you back to life. Maybe I need to be brought back to life, too.

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