Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, LGBTQ+
History is All You Left Me is so heartbreaking. There is no other word to describe it. It follows Griffin as he tries to make sense of the death of his ex-boyfriend Theo. Although they broke up a while ago, Griff always believed in the end they would be together, and the accidental death of Theo comes to him as a shock. As his OCD gets worse and memories keep overwhelming him, Griff sinks deeper into self-destruction mode, and needs to find a way to heal.
I read this book because of Noriko’s review and some other positive reviews about it. Thank you guys for the recommendation!
Adam Silvera’s writing is so raw on the feelings and so honest. It was so beautiful and emotional, and not too flourished. I have very little experience with OCD, so if anyone knows a reviewer who has it, please send me the link to their review! From my point of view, the representation seemed truthful and unflinching. I loved how the story developed, revealing little by little and keeping me holding my breath as Griffin experiences his grief in such a painful way. The complexity of this story was also something I wasn’t prepared for, and I was quite impressed by it. The unreliability of Griff’s narration added to the story for sure. I didn’t find it was a heavy read, though certainly a powerful one. I am still a bit stunned after finishing this novel, which will certainly stay in my mind for a while.
Trigger warnings: Obsessive-compulsive behavior, grief, unhealthy relationships.