Book Review #161 – History is All You Left Me

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Rating: 3 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 320 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

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’m sorry, but please don’t be mad at me for reliving all of it. History is all you left me.”

I knew of Adam Silvera’s books long before I read any. I have looked at them numerous time but I never found myself having enough interest in them. That was finally changed when I came across They Both Die at the End What If It’s Us. I became an instant fan, and immediately gone back to check out his other books and got them all. The first one I read shortly after was History is All You Left Me.

I knew this was going to be one the sadder books, but I can definitely see where Silvera’s signature “heartbreak” comes from. Almost every flashback between Griffen and Theo resulted in that heartbreak. They had such a genuine relationship with each other that I wished they could’ve stayed together.

However, I found myself not having that excitement I had when I previously read Silvera’s other two book. I found myself wondering when that excitement was going to appear and things would get better. I wondered if it was because the build up between the two characters were already there through the flashbacks. I guess I had nothing to look forward to.

If you’re of Adam Silvera, you would probably like History is All You Left as well. There’s evenplenty of Harry Potter references, a nice bonus in my opinion. I wouldn’t say History is All You Left Me was one of my favorites, but still worth reading.

5 thoughts on “Book Review #161 – History is All You Left Me

  1. This is so good to know!! I was very similar, with no interest in reading Silvera. But then I read What If It’s Us (and loved it), and so I tried They Both Die at the End, and it was great but also a mind-blowing book. Since then I’ve had More Happy Than Not and History is All You Left Me on my wishlist, but haven’t been quite ready for the heartbreak yet! Great review!!


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