Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporain – Romance
My thoughts: History Is All You Left Me is a beautiful, powerful and poignant book. It’s a story of love, grief, and tolerance. And it deals with difficult topics perfectly. Before I even started reading this book, I knew it was going to break my heart and make me cry every tears in my body.
So it was no surprise when, after reading 20 pages I started weeping. And I’m not just talking about wet eyes. Nope. I’m talking big ugly cry, the kind that forces you to put the book down.
“I’m sorry, but please don’t be mad at me for reliving all of it. History is all you left me.”
I loved meeting Griffin and Theo. I especially enjoyed seeing their love grow, even while knowing how it would end. And I adored Griffin. He really moved me, and I love everything about him: OCD, flaws and all. He felt very real because he was human and flawed.
Theo is also imperfect, which is something I really like cause it can be so easy to put the dead on a pedestal. By showing his errors and mistakes, Silvera made Theo much more human and touching.
Jackson my be my least favorite character in this book. But that doesn’t me I didn’t like him. I just never really connected with him. However, there were a couple of scenes where he truly moved me.
“Puzzles are sort of like life because you can mess up and rebuild later, and you’re likely smarter the next time around.”
All that being said, I finished this book not entirely satisfied. Don’t get me wrong, I loved History Is All You Left Me. But there was something missing, I’m not sure what exactly. Perhaps I had too high expectations? Or perhaps my timing was off (I was pretty busy and read it bits by bits).
I believe the ending was a bit rushed, especially compared to the first chapters which were so poignant and heartbreaking. But I have to say, Silvera managed to surprise me with the end of this book. And I think I’ll pick up another one of his books real soon. Can’t wait to embark on another roller-coaster of feels.
My rating: 4/5