History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me

byAdam Silvera

Kobo ebook | January 17, 2017

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"This book will make you cry, think, and then cry some more." 
**—Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything 

From the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not comes an explosive examination of grief, mental illness, and the devastating consequences of refusing to let go of the past.**

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.

Title:History Is All You Left MeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 17, 2017Publisher:Soho PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1616956933

ISBN - 13:9781616956936


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreakingly Beautiful Originally, I was going to give this novel more of a 4 star rating but upon thinking about it, I realized how much it deserved a 5 star rating due to the genuine authenticity and rawness of this novel. Adam Silvera knows how to write an emotional novel. I don't know why this is a surprise to me after reading two other novels of his with similar experiences for each. This story was unique but held the accurate, raw emotions of true and unconditional love. It was heartbreaking to read but at the same time, I couldn't put this book down. I needed answers. Add in the complexity of teenage emotions and questioning identities and this book really had the ability to tear at my heartstrings. I definitely didn't see some of the events coming but I'm happy about that element of surprise. I did question whether some of the...umm...occurrences (avoiding spoilers here) were realistic but really when someone is in the depths of depression, despair, and grief each individual finds a different method to cope (healthy or not). Overall, this was an emotionally charged, beautiful, and intense read. It was a difficult read and therefore I do give a cautious warning for anyone currently struggling with grief: maybe it isn't time to read this now, maybe it will be a more helpful aid later. That's just my opinion. I know for certain that I will be picking up Adam Silvera's next book (when it's published) because he consistently has a beautiful way of writing human emotions and his writing is amazing.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I love everything that Adam writes. This book makes you feel so much emotions from the beginning to the end. Such a heartwarming and sad book.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love Adam silver has changed my life with so many of his novels its so incredible
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so good I read this in one sitting and I became obsessed! It met my expectations and gave me more than I even knew I wanted!
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I need to re-read this, as I rushed through it the first time because I was busy, but nonetheless, I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Amazing author with great character development.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartrending A deep and moving exploration of love and grief. I enjoyed it so much.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice!!! really original and heartbreaking to read- defiantly lived up to the hype!
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional and Beautiful I bought this book expecting this story to be all about grief, but I quickly found out that it was much more about life. Thoroughly emotional, this book was a little difficult to get through at times, but I'm very glad that I powered through. It might not be my all-time favourite book, but I feel like History Is All You Left Me will stay with me for a long time. If you like hard-hitting ya contemporaries, this book is definitely worth checking out. Be ready to cry, though.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Original This was absolutely beautiful. Love Love LOVE.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I adore Adam Silvera This is an amazing, heartbreaking book. I love Silvera's writing and prose, and although I preferred "More Happy Than Not", this book was incredible. It tackles grief and dealing with grief like no other book.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Unique! Definitely not your standard love triangle! Amazing storyline and writing, great character development.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unique Book I really appreciated this book, and though it did not meet my high expectations, it was still a very interesting book that has left its mark on me.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! this arrived the day that i ordered it, but because i wasn't home at the time i bought and read it in England & i absolutely loved it!! i love all of adam silvera's books!!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Definitely worth the hype! I read this novel at the end of last month in preparation for a month long marathon of Pride month reads. I was expecting to not enjoy this novel at all, because it is always described in a way that does not appeal to my reading tastes. I'm very happy that I gave it a chance...as it was an absolute gem! This novel is all about finding yourself in someone else, losing that person and then yourself, and the journey to re-discovering your true self. Although this novel deals with grief and losing a loved one, I thought it dealt with much more than that...and by the end of reading this the initial Grifin/Theo romance was nothing more than an afterthought.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is simply incredible This book has so many layers. On top, it is about a boy grieving the loss of his ex-boyfriend. But at a certain point, it becomes a story about self-discovery, friendship, family, and so much more. You could discuss this book for hours upon end and still have more to talk about. These characters will stay with me, particularly Wade, my new favourite person. The writing was rich, and I found myself absorbing so much even after reading small sections. It is a heavy read, but the entire thing was captivating and very intense. This book gave me a lot to think about--as it relates to my personal life. I will definitely be picking up more of Adam Silvera's books in the future.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I couldn't get through this. The plot was compelling but the writing is definitely something I would've enjoyed more when I was 14 than I do now. Unfortunate, and this is no way a condemnation of the book. I stopped reading it a chapter or two through, so all I can really speak to is the writing, and as an adult I have to say I'm not a fan.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never pick up a book by Adam Silvera and expect to emerge from it as the same person This book made me smile, cry and cry more. The characters, setting and the plot is simply AMAZING! The book is not just one of those books where angst is just dumped on you with no context and you never connect with the characters. You do connect with the characters, which is why the angst really gets to you. I love it so much!
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Prose Besides having a unique voice, Silvera does an excellent job of examining the processes of loss. I loved Griffin, the quirky main character and the beautiful prose. I highly recommend this YA title.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very Cute Wish I read this when I was younger
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Book of 2017 So Far This book is exactly what's needed in YA. Great OCD rep, great overall story. There was only really one part I didn't like, but I saw it coming chapters before it happened.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely This was a deeply emotional book that did a fantastic job of exploring the complicated feelings of love and grief between these characters. I went from crying to laughing and back and forth all through this book it was fantastically written.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Really loved this book! The characters, the plotline, the dialogue. The writing was amazing and intriguing and complex. I loved the unique premise. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great it is a great well written book
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking in the best way possible. This book is truly amazing and really is heartbreaking in the best way possible. I love how the story explores real life experiences such as dealing with grief due to losing a loved one and making bad decisions and showing how such experiences shape Griffin, the main character. This book fractures you into pieces yet still manages to pick up the pieces and put them all back together.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking in the best way possible I truly enjoyed this book. As my review title says, this book was truly heartbreaking in the best way possible as it fractures you into piees and yet picks up those pieces and puts you back together. The story is a stunning story on the struggle of dealing with grief as a result of a loss of a loved one. The book did a tremendous job in capturing human qualities such as making bad decisions.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Sometimes ugly, sometimes sweet, always heart-breaking. A beautifully complex story, I am glad it ended the way it did. Silvera clearly knew what he did, and he pulled it off.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from broke my heart this book broke me it's amazing
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful character-driven book There were a couple of aspects of this I wish were more developed (Theo himself felt like more of a concept than a Person--maybe a point the book was making in some places, but he felt a little more plot device than human at points; could've used more development for Wade), but more or less this book did well with a bunch of people experiencing grief, making bad decisions and hurting themselves/one another, the switching of perspectives between past and present, and so on. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright I feel like this is one of those books that is hard to not like but at the same time I wasn't over the moon about it? I liked the plot, the pacing, the way the story was told via flashbacks, but I wasn't a fan of the characters at all. I'm definitely in the minority even though I definitely enjoyed it because I don't think this is one that I would recommend to everyone like I do with some other books. It does make me more interested in reading MORE HAPPY THAN NOT because I liked the writing style and the overall storytelling which I hope will translate into every book that Silvera writes. I thought the characters were realistically written in the sense that I could understand their motives and interests, etc. but they were never that compelling to me. Sure I cried a couple times, but I am a *crier* so that doesn't surprise me. I was mostly surprised that I didn't cry more? I felt like while there was an emotional tether to the book, there wasn't one to the individual characters but rather to their situation as a whole. I'm not sure if that makes any sense, to be honest, but I feel like I enjoyed the book as a whole but not individual aspects of it. As a whole, I really enjoyed this book, but individually I did not care for some aspects of it. I think the little dig at bisexual people, even if "explained" through Griffin's perspective, didn't really sit well for me and since that was at the beginning it impacted how I viewed the rest of the book. I also wasn't a fan of the "conflict" that Jackson and his friend had because of her reasoning behind why you can't understand just based on social media what people are going through. I am over the trope that was included in there and thought the same emphasis and explanation could have been given with different reasons. However, I did like the depiction of OCD and thought that it was interesting to see how each character handled Griffin's tendencies. I liked that this book had LGBTQ+ rep and mental illness rep that felt natural. These were just a couple things but I felt like they really impacted my reading of the book. So while there is a good story here, I was not a fan of some of the individual characteristics of it. As well, the characters were really well developed, but didn't quite strike a cord with me. I think I was more affected by the story because I've had something similar happen rather than being able to connect with the characters and experience their pain and emotions. If you want to read this one, you will most likely enjoy it. However, I would recommend checking it out from the library before purchasing a copy for yourself.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good right from the start. This is probably going to be my favourite read of 2017. Definitely sets the bar quite high.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER!! I was not sure about buying this book...but i'm so happy that i did. this is like the 100th time i have read it!! IT'S AMAZING
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Honest and beautiful *Received review copy via NetGalley Another heart-wrenchingly beautiful book by Adam Silvera. It's so important to see a book tackling issues like mental illness and grief with such poise and honesty. Silvera has the ability to draw you in to the world he has created and invest yourself in the characters he writes.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Theo promised Griffin he’d never die. And then he did. In Adam Silvera’s sophomore novel, History is All You Left Me, we are introduced to Griffin, who is mourning the death of his best friend and first love, Theo. Griffin’s grief is real and emotional and it affected me so much. I felt like my own heart was breaking as the book flipped from Griffin’s present, when Theo is dead, to Griffin’s past, when Theo is very much alive. Reading about their relationship and how it came to be just made me ache even more since you know that Theo is dead. In an attempt for forge a bond with someone who understands what he’s going through, Griffin embarks on a confusing and strenuous friendship with Theo’s new boyfriend, Jackson. All the while, Griffin is struggling with his OCD and the compulsions that have taken control of him, such as always needing to be on someone’s left or wanting everything to be even instead of odd. The characters in this book are so lifelike, and you can almost feel Griffin’s grief wrapping itself around your heart. This book broke my heart, in a way that only Adam Silvera can, for it is an honest and moving story about life and death, and the struggle to move on when we lose someone we love.
Date published: 2016-10-04