Book Review: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera



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.



I don’t even know how to put into words what I felt after reading this book. From the first chapter, I knew that History Is All You Left Me will give me all the feelings I’ve been pushing away for too long.

I couldn’t even express how I love Adam Silvera. He’s a captivating story-teller who knows how to pull different strings of emotions within you. He has the talent of making you feel things – from joy to sorrow and everything in between.

Honestly, when I read this, I’ve never read his first novel, More Happy Than Not. But I don’t regret reading this book first. Love, loss and grief resonates in all his books. It’s not easy to talk about these things, but Silvera’s writing prowess made it easier. It was beautiful. I’m not going to lie. I shed some tears after reading some heart-breaking chapters.

The characters in this book had their own ways of dealing with loss, which makes it interesting. Silvera gave life to these characters by taking someone’s life in the story. Ironic, isn’t it? It was also written in different timelines, which makes it even more heart-breaking. He went for the jugular, people — and I can’t forgive him for that (just kiddin’)!

This is a must read. I can’t recommend this book enough to you all.





Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at the EndMore Happy Than NotHistory Is All You Left Me, and What If It’s Us with Becky Albertalli. All his novels have received multiple starred reviews. He was born and raised in New York. He lives in Los Angeles and is tall for no reason.

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