Monday, November 21, 2016
History Is All You Left Me
Soho Teen, 2017
Audience: Older Teens
OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold onto every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo's last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he's hiding something, and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo's death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin's own version of the truth both in terms of what he's willing to hide and what true love means.
History Is All You Left Me is a fantastic book... but the description didn’t fit the story. The book on its own should get four stars - but the book based on the description would only get two or three. The part that I have a problem with is “When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he’s hiding something, and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo’s death.”
I never got that from Griffin’s behavior. From what I read, everything that Griffin did stemmed from his grief and OCD. I thought that Griffin’s extreme actions were his way of working through the tragedy. The description made the book sound mysterious - like maybe Griffin thought Jackson killed Theo. Therefore, I thought that plot line would be a major part of the story.
All of that aside, the book was great. Silvera described Griffin’s feelings with amazing detail. He was on an emotional rollercoaster, with wonderful highs and devastating lows. His attempts to even out his feelings caused unexpected events that kept me interested in his story. Often, I wondered why people in my life had made choice similar to the ones that Griffin made, and now I understand better. Silvera’s story definitely promoted empathy and understanding.