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History is All You Left Me: A Zoella Book Club 2017 novel Paperback – 8 October 2017
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- Item Weight : 218 g
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1471146189
- ISBN-13 : 978-1471146183
- Dimensions : 13 x 1.82 x 19.8 cm
- Publisher : Simon and Schuster (8 October 2017)
- Reading level : 13 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is told in two time-periods – History and Today.
History tells us how Griffin and Theo’s relationship started and ended. Griffin and Theo have practically grew up together and been friends for long. Eventually they confessed their love for each other and started dating. Theo then moved to California for college, and it was Griffin’s idea to break up. Griffin was afraid of the whole long distance relationship, but he believed that they will be back together when time is right. Meanwhile Theo met Jackson there and fell in love with him. His love for Griff never faded. They stayed friends even when Griffin hated the whole idea of Theo & Jackson together. Griffin was waiting to finish school and move to California to get back together with Theo.
The present(today) opens with Griffin losing his first love & ex-boyfriend, Theo, in a drowning accident. He is shattered when he hears the news and his world cease to exist. The whole future he’s been imaging for himself is gone forever. Grieving over Theo’s death, his OCD worsens and he has no one to turn to except Jackson, who is the only other person who can understand his heartbreak. Things get complicated when Griffin confides in Jackson. They come clean about all the secrets and guilt that they have been carrying. In order to find a way to pick up the pieces and move on with his life and to stop losing himself to his OCD, Griffin has to confront his history.
There are 4 main characters in this story. Griffin – there are so many things that I can relate to with this character, including that he cried when Cedric dies in HP series. Griff, Theo and Wade have been together for so long and they share a special bond. Jackson is another interesting character. The way people help Griff with his OCD is so heart-warming to read. I believe this is an own voices novel and it was nice to see Adam’s personality through the characters. I would love to know more about the things running in Theo’s mind. We don’t have his POV because the story is told in Griff’s. We do learn a lot about his character through others. Not my favourite out of the four. Wade is another important character I ended up loving so much. He’s mature, practical and someone who respects other’s feelings. I just love him for that. What I love about Jackson’s character is that he is so adjusting. He tries his best to make Griff feel better about his OCD. I really liked Theo’s parents so much. They were so open and welcomed his relationship. Even after Theo’s death they consider Griff and Jackson as family and ask them to move on and fall in love again. I felt that was pretty incredible.
Though I can’t speak for the accuracy of both LGBT representation and OCD, I felt all the characters felt realistic and well developed. At the end of the book there were few characters that I didn’t like as much as I liked in the beginning. I personally felt the character development was done well. They screwed up, I felt bad/disappointed but I didn’t hate them. Especially few of Griffin’s decision made me question his love but then grief makes them act in a different way.
I like the way that chapters go back and forth between History and Today. It brought about a balance and the both the stories kind of meet at some point. I’m happy that I read a book with such a positive representation. It’s a great diverse read. I liked how it did not have tropes like insta-love. The writing is so beautiful and there are about tons of quotes I enjoyed reading. Some of my fav quotes are..
Puzzles are sort of like life because you can mess up and rebuild later, and you’re likely smarter the next time around.
You’re dead and I’m the worst kind of alive.
If I can fly here for you, where will I go for me?
What you don’t understand, Theo, is silence is sometimes better than someone speaking before they’re ready. This is how lies slip out.
This is a beautiful story in a messed up way. It is heart-breaking and am sure you will end up crying your eyes out after reading this. I highly recommend it. This is a story about friendship, love, heart-break, grief, self-discovery and passion – and a really good one.
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WOW that was an emotional rollercoaster (with a lot of downs)! This book is definitely very sad (I didn't cry though, cuz I don't have a soul), however it had it's funny moments.
I thought this book was wonderful! The relationships were so complex and I loved how everything developed and all the secrets were revealed. I thought this book was just going to be a bit of a downer because its mainly about Theo's death (*not a spoiler), but the majority of the History sections were hilarious and did a really good job of portraying what it's like to be a teenager. I will say that some of the book did drag a tiny bit for me, but not to the point where it made me dislike the book. I thought this book was going in a very trope-y direction for the longest time, but then it proved me wrong and something completely unexpected (or at least, I didn't see it coming) happened, which made me so happy, because that trope-y thing would've made this book way less enjoyable for me! But it didn't happen because Adam wouldn't do that and I shouldn't have doubted him.
I really liked Griffin as a character, although he did make some rash decisions which I don't 100% agree with, but I really felt for him and I love that he has OCD because I haven't read about many characters who suffer from that, so it was really nice to see that representation. I also really liked Jackson's character and I loved how thoughtful he was, although I didn't feel as attached to him as I did to Griffin. I liked Theo a lot in the beginning, but as we learned more about his character, my opinions changed completely and I thought he was kind of a terrible friend. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum...
WADE IS THE SWEETEST AND I LOVE HIM. That is all.
I really liked how the book was written. Adam has a wonderful writing style (in my opinion) that flows really well and isn't overly flowery, which I think fits his books so well, because they're told from the point of view of a teenager, and I really don't know many teenagers who use particularly lyrical language. That's not to say his writing isn't beautiful - there are definitely some quotes you could pull from here and put on tumblr with some pretty background - but it's not over the top. I also loved that Adam switched between History and Today as I think it made the book really enjoyable - I think it would've been way more heartbreaking if the History sections weren't there to interject some humour.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book (even more than More Happy Than Not), however I knocked it down by 0.25 stars because it was a little slow at times. I think his books are just going to get better and better and I CAN'T WAIT for They Both Die At the End. (literally, publishers please give it to me to review)
I really loved the characters and the writing but the depth wasn't there. The full development of the stories and relationships just made the story feel like it was lacking something. The ending wasn't what I was expecting at all and my full opinion is neutral.. I don't have strong opinions on it. Adam Silvera does have this way of starting off very strong then confusing me and dropping my interest. Shame, hopefully his later book They Both Die at the End will impress me more than History is All You Left me and More Happy Than Not