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Fiction: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, LGBT, Romance, Mental Health, Death/Dying
“This will make you cry, think, and cry some more.”
Title: History Is All You Left Me
By: Adam Silvera
Book Group Leader: Linda Senecal
Goodreads: 4.24 Stars
Ms. Smith’s Review: 4 Stars “A sweet and heart wrenching story of love and loss.”
Awards/Honors: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction (2017). Star reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Review, Publisher’s Weekly, and School Library Journal.
School Library Journal (November 1, 2016)
Gr 10 Up-No one understands what Griffin is going through after Theo, his ex and the love of his life, dies. No one, perhaps, except Theo's new boyfriend, Jackson. In a narrative that alternates between past and present, Silvera offers a gem of a story about first love and great loss. Griffin's voice is strong and affecting, and as readers come to know Theo's history and the depth of Griffin's love, the loss becomes more and more poignant. Griffin has obsessive-compulsive disorder, and while his illness is a sensitively portrayed and central part of his life, it is not the defining theme of the novel: his grief and loss are the focus. Griffin's transformation as he moves from resentment and rage at Jackson to compassion and connection is profound to witness. But perhaps most memorable is the protagonist's slow, dawning realization of Theo's deep imperfections. It is so easy to idolize a first love, and even easier to idolize someone who has died. Griffin's gradual awareness of Theo's flaws is the true heart of this standout title. VERDICT With a cast of beautifully realized characters, a powerful narrative voice, and genuine portrayals of complex teen situations, this work is a must-have.-L. Lee Butler, Hart Middle School, Washington, DC © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Other books by Adam Silvera: More Happy Than Not, They Both Die at the End