Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
My Rating: 1.5/5 ☆
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.
Taken from Goodreads.
This is the lowest I’ve probably ever rated book and I’m not even being overly harsh. History Is All You Left Me should have been left in my tbr pile.
Did I hate it from the outset? Obviously no. Wouldn’t have finished it if I did. But there was a never point I absolutely loved. Yes, it’s about a couple of grieving boys and it is so very sad, but as Paula Hawkins said in The Girl on the Train, “…sadness gets boring after a while, for the sad person and for everyone around them,” and the sadness got boring. I do sound very insensitive but it’s like Silvera used a very monotonous tone and that would have been fine if this were a poem to showcase how the world seemingly lacks levity and dimension when your loved ones decease but this is a novel.
The only oh-not-so-obvious thing in this book is the source of guilt lugged around by Griffin, who is definitely going down as one of my most unlikable characters. I found him reprehensible in a very non-Assef (The Kite Runner) way. He was going around using people!
Love in History Is All You Left Me is portrayed as downright selfish and super messy and stupidly vengeful. But hey! I’ve seen so many people love this novel, there must be something in it.
Here’s a couple of positive reviews:
Emma (emmmabooks) rated it a full 5/5!
Tyr Carter (The Perks of Being a Nerd) also rated it pretty high!
And here’s my review of the Adam Silvera work I utterly loved – They Both Die at the End.