By Adam Silvera
Love: the hugest liar in this universe.
GET READY FOR A FEELS DUMP BECAUSE I FINISHED THIS HOUR AGO AND I
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – contemporaries: not my thing. And I don’t mean that I hate them, but I find that it’s usually so hard to find one that’s not entirely ridiculous and unrealistic for the sake of drama. Don’t like drama in my life, don’t like drama in my books (sometimes). And I’ll be up front – while History is All You Left Me is maybe not 100% realistic, it’s definitely close.
History is All You Left Me filled the big gaping hole in my heart that longed for GOOD LGBT STORIES. Being gay or bisexual in HIAYLM is so normal and not in the slightest bit problematic like it tends to be in novels of a similar nature. And that’s the way it should be, dangit.
And yo. I’m cheerin’ that the word bisexual was mentioned MULTIPLE times throughout the novel! Thank you for repping my people! ❤ This is the first book I’ve come across that even recognises us wooo
Okay, getting into the actual story. HIAYLM is told in alternating perspectives, in the past, or history, and in the present. The plot is primarily based around the death of Theo, who was Griffin’s first love, Wade’s best friend and Jackson’s boyfriend. We go through the novel learning about their friendships with one another and how their relationships change while trying to come to terms with Theo’s death.
I’d give in to the grief but make sure I wasn’t loud enough to draw attention from those who think words will make me feel better.
Just. Ugh. This. Book.
I think that the reason why I loved it so much is that it was so real. HIAYLM is a perfect portrayal of how fucked up teenagers can get when left vulnerable – it doesn’t sugar coat things at all. I think that it also gave a much more realistic portrayal of grief and mourning and how easy it is to be so overcome by your emotions that you lose your sense of reason. I lost a loved one fairly recently and I felt like I could perfectly match my actions and reactions of the people in HIAYLM. And while the tone of the book is certainly melancholy, it wasn’t obsessively sooky, it was even lighthearted and funny at times! I loved that there were tinges of nerdy and pop-culture, but it didn’t go over the top (looking at you, Simon vs the Homosapiens).
Ok. I think the gush is over. I didn’t think I was going to like this book that much and I freaking loved it so go get it right now