You’re still alive in alternate universes, Theo, but I live in the real world where this morning you’re having an open casket funeral. I know you’re out there, listening. And you should know I’m really pissed because you swore you would never die and yet here we are. It hurts even more because this isn’t the first promise you’ve broken.
OCD-afflicted seventeen-year-old, Griffin, has just lost his first love – his best friend, ex-boyfriend and the boy he believed to be his ultimate life partner – in a drowning accident. In a desperate attempt to hold onto every last piece of the past, a broken Griffin forges a friendship with Theo’s new college boyfriend, Jackson. And Griffin will stop at nothing to learn every detail of Theo’s new college life, and ultimate death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin’s own version of the truth – both in terms of what he’s willing to hide, and what true love ultimately means…
I decided to read History Is All You Left Me for mental health book bingo. It had been on my TBR for a looooong time. I was so excited about the OCD representation. I had kept putting it off because it’s a contemporary and I’m not always in the mood for those.
It’s ownvoices for homosexual and OCD representation.
It took me a few days to finish this book, because I had to keep taking breaks while reading it. However, I’m glad that I did finish the book because it was really good.
Due to Griffin being an unreliable narrator the book will keep you thinking about what actually happened.
There is a title reference in the story, and it made me feel so emotional. The entire book is so sad. It is certainly going to make you feel a lot, because Adam Silvera manages to immerse you as a reader into the story.
I found the switch in pacing at around half-way of the book unexpected, and it took me sometime to get used to the difference pacing.
Ableist language was used.
I enjoyed History Is All You Left Me a lot. I’ll definitely not forget my reading experience, because this book got to the bottom of my soul.
Trigger warnings: death, grief, suicide idealisation, biantagonism.
Have you read History Is All You Left Me? What did you think of it?