Author: Adam Silvera
Publication: January 17th 2017 by Soho Teen
Source: Finished copy sent my the publisher
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, LGBTQIA+, Contemporary
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.
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Griffin, Theo and Wade make a perfect trio. Griffin's OCD didn't stop Theo from loving his bestfriend back. Instead, Theo adjusts and sees it as Griffin's special attribute. They are a happy couple that at times, they make Wade feel as the third wheel. When Theo is about to leave for college, Griffin breaks up with him thinking they would not workout, that eventually, Theo will break up with him. Theo met this beautiful guy, Jackson and they fell in love. Leaving Griffin in pain and Wade lost. Not knowing, they would lose Theo forever. The last person Griffin would go to is Jackson but their grief and love for Theo bound them. Wade was left alone dealing with his loss but love made all of them have hope at new beginnings.
I dove in to this book unprepared because this is my first Silvera book. HIAYLM is narrated by Griffin as if he's talking to Theo directly. This felt like such a personal touch to it and absolutely adored how Griffin functions. Actually, I love all the characters. Griffin, Theo, Wade and even Jackson. They have different personalities but they all have this pure love in their hearts that make them shine. These boys are written in such a way that they reflect your own emotions and I just couldn't help but drown in feels.
History is All You Left Me is perfect in unperfect ways. It welcomes, it gives, it educates.
Thank you, Penguin Random House for the review copy!
"People are complicated puzzles, always trying to piece together a complete picture, but sometimes we get it wrong and sometimes we’re left unfinished. Sometimes that’s for the best. Some pieces can’t be forced into a puzzle, or at least they shouldn’t be, because they won’t make sense."
"History is nothing. It can be recycled or thrown away completely. It isn’t this sacred treasure chest I mistook it to be. We were something, but history isn’t enough to keep something alive forever."