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Sunday 26 March 2017

History Is All You Left Me

History is All You Left Me is an honest and raw account about first love and loss. Griffin's first love, Theo, has died in an accident and Griffin is bereft.

The last person he expects will help him through the haze is Theo's boyfriend Jackson and has Griffin and everyone around him confused. Added to that, Griffin's OCD is becoming worse.

Told in alternating times before, during and after Griffin's relationship with Theo, the emotion and honesty portrayed by Griffin is breathtaking.

Griffin is clinging to every part of Theo's life before and after his death, including his new life at college. As the story, and the truth, slowly unfold, so does Griffith's maturity and willingness to accept facts.

Teenagers will relate to the depictions of first love, heartbreak, loss and alternating events - how they'd wish things were or how they wish them to be. But at the end of the day, it's the facts need to be faced with maturity and growth.

In History is All You Left Me, Silvera delivers a punch with raw emotion, portraying the pain and loss so beautifully and showing that it's perfectly okay for teenage boys to cry - alone and in public and to share their pain. Griffith's journey through his loss depicts how one can survive loss, even a confused and angry teenager, and carry on with their lives albeit in a new kind of normal.

Title: History is all You Left Me
Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, $17.99
Publication Date: 1 March 2017
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781471146183
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult Fiction