Retrospective is a monthly post to rewind all of the happenings here at thoughts and afterthoughts.
Book Title: History Is All You Left Me Author: Adam Silvera Number of pages: 320
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.
Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:
– History features prose that’s uncomplicated, effusive, and direct, speaking volumes to the quiet power this story has.
– Uncomplicated setting that feels real even if there’s limited description to build New York
– OCD is heavily mentioned but is not the focus; Griffin’s grieving may come off as whiny/wallowing to readers
– Side characters might not be the most fleshed out and can lack overall value; same with some revelations
I know what you’re thinking: “what the fuck, Joey rated a book 4+?!“
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of History is All You Left Me from Chapters Indigo.