History Is All You Left Me (Hardcover)

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In his second novel, after More Happy Than Not, Adam Silvera once again asks readers to consider the future, and their relative position to it.

Griffin is grieving over the death of his ex-boyfriend and first love, Theo, while also grappling with severe OCD. Making matters worse, he meets Theo’s bereaved boyfriend, Jackson, at the funeral. As Griffin struggles to make sense of life without Theo by reaching out to Jackson, his symptoms intensify. When the carefully controlled world he has constructed unravels in a series of violent outbursts, questionable choices, and awkward confrontations, Griffin is stripped of his best defense: the ability to lie to himself. All that’s left is history and the surprising truth that he must tell in the present. (Confession: I never saw it coming.)

Silvera’s alternating chapters take place in “history” or “today.” The result is a deft smash cut between then and now that so accurately reflects the agonizing slowness of grief that I was lost in this novel—with its complex narrative, range of emotions, and well-crafted characters—from page one. Despite the overwhelming sadness in this story, as Griffin tries to find his way out of the darkness, hope and joy suffuse every page. Here Silvera truly shines, as he depicts the unapologetic love between two boys and the superhuman ability of hurt people to survive in spite of themselves.

Read it because you loved More Happy Than Not. Read it because you crave young adult novels that are as tough as they are tender. Most of all, handsell it like crazy, because this is what fresh, diverse YA looks like. Pair with other great works of YA realism by Becky Albertalli, Matt de la Peña, John Corey Whaley, David Levithan, and Sara Zarr.


"This book will make you cry, think, and then cry some more."
--Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything

From the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not comes an explosive examination of grief, mental illness, and the devastating consequences of refusing to let go of the past.

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.

About the Author

Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked as a bookseller, as a consultant at a literary development company, as a reviewer of children's and young adult novels. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed debut novel, More Happy Than Not, and the New York Times bestseller They Both Die at the End. He lives in New York City and is tall for no reason.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781616956929
ISBN-10: 1616956925
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: January 17th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English