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History Is All You Left Me

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  62,158 ratings  ·  9,388 reviews
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 wh
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Published January 17th 2017 by Soho Teen
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Emily May
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
People are complicated puzzles, always trying to piece together a complete picture, but sometimes we get it wrong and sometimes we’re left unfinished. Sometimes that’s for the best.

I stayed up late last night to finish this book and, I confess, I had chills down my spine as I came to the final page. History Is All You Left Me is a deeply sad book, perfectly in tune with human nature and yet never manipulative as it explores love, friendship and grief between four boys.

Perhaps Silvera is just
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, owned, contemporary
This was absolutely beautiful. Love love LOVE.
Emma Giordano
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I sincerely do not know to start this review because I just finished reading 5 minutes ago and to be honest, I'm having trouble breathing because I'm so overwhelmed. History Is All You Left ME was nothing less than a masterpiece; it's enticing, it's thrilling, it's reflective, it's heart-breaking. It's everything you could possibly want it to be and more and I cannot recommend this book enough to you a
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
‘we were something, but history isnt enough to keep something alive forever.’

once again, adam silvera has created a story that radiates gentle love and pure tenderness. and i had no idea how much i would be able to relate to this on such a personal level. i think anyone who has ever had a difficult time letting go of history or dealing with loss could benefit from reading this.

4.5 stars
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
"I mean it: Promise me." "I promise you: I'll never die."

History Is All You Left Me follows Griffin, a guy who is suffering the loss of his ex-boyfriend Theo, who just died in a drowning accident. On top of grieving the death of Theo, is he also struggling with his OCD getting out of hand, pushing away the other member of their 'squad", Wade, and finally meeting Jackson. The boy who stole Theo away from him. HIAYLM follows events from both present and "history" weaving together and leading
✨    jami   ✨
history is all you left me literally fucked me up in 12 dimensions. this book moved me and effected me on such a deep level I really don't know what else to say about it. I read this book as part of a book club, and while I vaguely knew the plot, and had heard lots of good things about Adam Silvera - I didn't know what to expect exactly.

this book absolutely destroyed me I read it three months ago and I swear I think about it every day. It really touched me, and had such a big impact on me both a
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 Stars

I'm sorry, but please don't be mad at me for reliving all of it. History is all you left me.

Hey you!

Yeah, you.

Do you like happiness?

And living?

And having your heart be perfectly okay?

Then this is not the book for you, but I think you should still read it anyway.

Now, I have a confession, I read this book back in January. According to Google, 178 days have come and gone with this book existing in my life. And in those 178 days, I've lied to everyone stating this review was coming
Reading_ Tamishly
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn't like the storyline, the plot was messy and somehow problematic and, yes, it deals with death and grief. And I did not like any of the characters.

When I woke up this morning, the book was under my bed. I don't know what happened but I guess I got exhausted crying for every alternate chapter ever since the very first chapter.

This is one of those books which I would think twice before recommending it.

But I cried my being out while reading the first 70 percent of the book so much that I t
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“I'm sorry, but please don't be mad at me for reliving all of it. History is all you left me.”

Oh, where to start with this one. I have a lot of feelings about this book, and I guess I’ll just go ahead and get this out of the way: despite the fact that I still gave it a decent rating, I’m tremendously disappointed, because I thought for sure that this would be a 5-star read for me. I adored Adam’s most recent release, They Both Die at the End , to the degree that I put him on my a
Sep 20, 2018 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia
DNF at page 121.

Well, that took a turn that I wasn’t prepared for.

My history with Adam Silvera:
More Happy Than Not — 3/5 ⭐️
They Both Die At the End — 4.5 ⭐️
What If It’s Us - 4.5 ⭐️

So, I knew going into this, it could’ve been a hit or miss for me. As soon as I started reading it, the writing style was already jarring me and the change between the past and the present wasn’t helping.

100 pages in, I thought I was getting used to the writing style, but there was just no excitement in picking t
Larry H
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm at about 4.5 stars with this one.

Oh, man, this book...

Theo was Griffin's first love. They were best friends first, and then one day, Theo surprised Griffin by expressing his feelings for him, especially since they had never discussed either of them being gay. (This was Theo's secret; Griffin's was revealing to Theo that he knew he was suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder and he wasn't quite sure what to do about it.)

"It's going to sound stupid, and I wouldn't ever say this out loud,
Elyse Walters
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"I don't know if I can stand hearing about your happiness with him, but maybe it'll
help me understand you better. Maybe it'll help me add pieces to the puzzle of your life."

Theo and Griffin - best friends since grade school - became 'boyfriends' when they were sixteen. Both with wonderful supportive parents...I laughed when Griffin's dad said..."That's wonderful, but no more sleepovers".
Soon, in a very funny scene, Griffin and Theo run into Griffin's dad while in a drug store. Busted, Griffin i
Jan 21, 2017 marked it as dnf
I had a feeling before I started this that it wouldn't be my thing. I don't read a lot of YA, and especially don't read a lot of YA contemporary. But I wanted to give it a chance because it was part of my 2017 BookTube Recommends project. However, after reading 25% of the book I know it's not my jam. I couldn't click with the writing style, especially the switching back and forth of the 1st person and 2nd person tenses between chapters. I might've been able to spend a few more hours and finished ...more
Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
Edit: 7.25.17

Ok here I am, like two-ish days after I read the book... And I'm still dead.

This book was amazing.

If you aren't crying by sentence number one I'm sorry, I'm gonna have to ship your ass to Area 51 cuz you are not. Human.

I dare you. Read the next sentence without crying, or least without feeling the urge to cry.

You’re still alive in alternate universes, Theo, but I live in the real world, where this morning you’re having an open-casket funeral.

Could you do it?? Doubt it.

I've add
Sabaa Tahir
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A compelling and cerebral exploration of friendship, young love, OCD, grief, healthy relationships, damaged relationships, broken hearts, broken people and selfishness--all from the point of view of an endearing but fascinatingly unreliable narrator. A completely different read from Adam Silvera's first phenomenal book, MORE HAPPY THAN NOT, and yet just as powerful. Absolutely a 5-star read. ...more
Whitney Atkinson
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I started this book because I wanted a book that would get me in my feels, and although this got me teary a few times, it wasn't as sad as I was expecting it to be.

There was actually a lot of depth to this that I wasn't expecting. All the characters are so flawed and it was really refreshing to not be a typical loss story. It was so much more complex than I thought it would be and I was really refreshed and impressed. Even though Griffin makes questionable choices, you still root for him. It was
Jul 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I probably should have DNF'd this book. But I had pushed through the audio for a readathon and had gotten so far, I thought heck, I'll just finish it. What a waste of time for me.
The only emotions this book evoked in me were boredom and annoyance. Boredom because nothing happens in this book. There are no big events that keep a reader interested, the conversations are dull, it switches between past and present and even in those moments nothing but every day life is happening. I want to read to e
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbttiqa
There isn't a day when I don't think about this book and cry for it...
Just going back and remembering the moment my life stopped making sense.

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I know nobody will ever read or see this post/review, but as there's no one else on my life who would hear me either, I just had the ne
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG this book absolutely my favorite book of 2017 until 20100 it's just so sad and beautiful and unique and of course Adam silvera such good author to give us something beautiful like that ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars!


“History is nothing. It can be recycled or thrown away completely. It isn’t this sacred treasure chest I mistook it to be. We were something, but history isn’t enough to keep something alive forever.”

History is All You Left Me is my first book by Adam Silvera, and let me tell you… it packed a punch. It was a compelling, heartbreaking, and beautifully written story.

This is the story of Griffin. It’s told part from present day, and part from the past. In the present, Griffin’
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There's nothing quite like an Adam Silvera novel.

Both of his books are so heartbreakingly raw, real and beautiful. The entire time I was reading this I felt like I was truly experiencing things through Griffin, and it caused me to relive some tough memories from my own past. I also lost a friend to a drowning accident when I was a teenager and it's something you can never truly 'get over'. Anyways, I felt all of Griffin's anxiety, grief, guilt, happiness and longing as I took this journey with
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really can't review this I'm sorry, just read it. ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

Well, that was sad 😕

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Elle (ellexamines)
**Minor spoilers ahead, but I'm not naming any names.

Ignore my rating, because I am full of mixed feelings right now.

It's not that this was a bad book by any means. Maybe my expectations were too damn high. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood to have my heart totally broken. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that when I picked up this book, I was expecting a significant romantic aspect. Well... it's there. And it's good! Until the end. And then it freaking sucks and ruined this book for me
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A poignant, heartbreaking read about grief and romance and the space between loving someone and losing them. History is All You Left Me follows Griffin, whose ex-boyfriend Theo died in a drowning accident in California. Griffin experiences sadness and guilt in almost equal measure, and he complicates the situation by seeking out Jackson, Theo's current boyfriend at the time of his death. Jackson, a California native and Griffin look-alike, may not be the best person for Griffin to confide in. Bu ...more
Jahanzaib Asim
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book was perfect.
The book was the death of me.
The book made me realize what grief feels like.
The book has one of the most amazing characters.
Griffin is me. (My best friend also likes to keep reminding me that)
I cried.
The writing was fucking beautiful.
That's it.
No actual review. I don't think I can.
Everyone should read this.


I will probably write a small review when I wake up.

I'm broken and terribly sad right now.
I won't say rtc because I'll never write a review for this.
Only a
prag ♻
I just sent em 80 seconds of me staring blankly at the camera... that sums up everything I feel about this book (which is a whole lot of what?? the fuck?? just happened????)

I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF I LIKED IT OR NOT?? in an alternate universe i might be rating this book and writing a coherent review but definitely not in this one
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

I’m not even going to bother with a review on this one. I’m always aware that I’m not the target demographic while reading young adult stories, but this one really made me feel like a super geezer and very much a mom. And also . . .

Go look at what Matthew had to say instead. He felt all the things this book is supposed to make you feel and his review is perfection. Then come back and join me on the countdown to the release of They
Nicola Yoon
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Deeply felt, beautifully written and so well observed. And, yes, you will absolutely cry when you read this beautiful book.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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