Release date: January 17th 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.
Adam Silvera has a habit of making me cry with his books. I loved More Happy Than Not, loved the plot, loved the characters, loved all the twists. That book set the bar high for this one but History is All You Left Me took that bar, jumped over it, and cleared it with inches to spare(high jump reference).
The book was told all in the POV of Griffin but was divided into Today and History. I really liked seeing the differences in the characters from the past to the present, even though the time gap wasn’t that big. It also gave us a chance to meet Theo as a character in his own right and not just through stories or flashbacks. It gave us a chance to meet Jackson as a grieving boyfriend instead of the guy who stole Theo away from Griffin. They were all great characters and it was easy to see why they would each be attracted to one another.
I liked the contrast between the Today timeline and the History timeline. The change between the timelines never felt abrupt. It was a natural flow into the change that didn’t take me out of the story. In History we see Griffin and Theo growing as a couple and dealing with a lot of the same challenges facing a lot of high school couples. In Today we see Griffin struggling with his grief, with living in a world where Theo no longer lives, and bonding with the one person who can understand – Jackson, who was Theo’s current boyfriend.
There was a great balance between the more comedic scenes(some of them had me in tears I was laughing so hard) and the heartbreaking scenes. This is the second time an Adam Silvera book completely broke me but he breaks me in ways that make me want to reread the books and that have me waiting eagerly for the next one.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.