Review: History is All You Left Me, by Adam Silvera

History is All You Left Me Adam Silvera

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, LGBTQ+

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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.

20 thoughts on “Review: History is All You Left Me, by Adam Silvera

  1. Concise, yet quite strong review, Naty! Thanks for the mention here. I’m touched ❤
    I hope this book didn't affect you in a negative way but I totally agree, this is a powerful, haunting read but at the same time, this is also a book celebrates life and hope. I am so glad that you loved it 🙂

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    • Thank you, Noriko!! Sorry I took so long to answer, I’ve taken a short break from blogging this weekend. It definitely didn’t, I do love books that throw an emotional punch and was so impressed by how raw this book was. Thanks again for the recommendation! ❤

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  2. I’ve read one book by Adam Silvera and it was good, but not happy… which sounds stupid to say, but I like books with 75% happy endings. It’s made me nervous to read another, not because it wasn’t good but only because I’m nervous about what sadness it’s going to bring out in me.

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    • Oh, I understand that… unhappy endings can totally set you on a mood for the day. I have depression, so I try to alternate between more upbeat books and emotional ones. I have to say that this one didn’t make me too upset, but I suppose it depends on the person! The ending isn’t too sad, though, rather hopeful and positive!


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  4. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book, so I am so glad you enjoyed it so much as well! It sounds like such a powerful but relevant book. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❤

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  5. Lovely review! I’m really happy to hear you enjoyed this book so much 🙂 I heard that this book was pretty heartbreaking – no surprise, with a book title like that ahah -, and I already read Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not, which was quite heavy on emotions as well. I loved it and I’m looking forward to reading History sometime soon 🙂 When I’m ready for the feels 😛
    Great review! 🙂

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