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History Is All You Left Me: A Zoella Book Club 2017 novel
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History Is All You Left Me: A Zoella Book Club 2017 novel (Paperback)

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The NYT Besteller and 2017 Zoella & Friends Book Club Selection by Juno Dawson. 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. I know you're out there, listening. And you should know I'm really pissed because you swore you would never die and yet here we are. It hurts even more because this isn't the first promise you've broken. Griffin has lost his first love in a drowning accident. Theo was his best friend, his ex-boyfriend and the one he believed he would end up with. Now, reeling from grief and worsening OCD, Griffin turns to an unexpected person for help. Theo's new boyfriend. But as their relationship becomes increasingly complicated, dangerous truths begin to surface. Griffin must make a choice: confront the past, or miss out on the future... Praise for History is All You Left Me 'History Is All You Left Me overflows with tenderness and heartache. Even when its hero is screwing up royally, maybe especially then, Silvera's humanity and compassion carve out a space where it's not the falling that's important, it's how you pick yourself back up. There isn't a teenager alive who won't find their heart described perfectly on these pages.' Patrick Ness 'Adam Silvera is a master at capturing the infinite small heartbreaks of love and loss and grief. History Is All You Left Me is a beautiful meditation on what it means to survive devastating loss. This book will make you cry, think, and then cry some more.' Nicola Yoon 'Sweetly devastating, passionately honest, breathtakingly human' Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda



Children'sFiction & true storiesGeneral fictionChildren'sPersonal & social issuesDeath & bereavement Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd Publication Date: 09/02/2017 ISBN-13: 9781471146183  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children's bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children's and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller, and Adam was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. He writes full-time in New York City.

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This book. This book. This. Book. I finished History is All You Left Me several weeks ago, lying on my couch feeling like I'd been hit by a truck. I'm still thinking about this book. HIAYLM follows Griffin, a young New Yorker mourning the loss of his first love Theo. Silvera takes his grief narrative one step further than the usual, and so the novel is told in two timelines: the present tense, beginning with Theo's funeral, and the past, beginning with the day Griffin and Theo admit their feelings for each other. This means you have to experience Theo's death twice. Once as a relative unknown, and once as a character you have learned to love through the novel. It hurts so much, even as a reader. Alongside struggling with the loss of the most important person in his life, we follow Griffin's experiences with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, witnessing how changes in his personal circumstances dramatically interfere with his mental health. This is important as YA that mixes lesser publicised mental health issues and significant life changes helps show the fluidity of these problems; they do not exist in a vacuum, but instead remain a backdrop to our lives while we have them. He's left me thinking about first love and what it would be to lose someone so young. I can't stop thinking about the implications that unearth themselves quickly; the other people in their lives, how the seeming simplicity of two boys in love unfurls to reveal the complications of relationships, the tangled threads. I'm still overwhelmed with emotions about this wonderful little book. I have Adam Silvera's next book They Both Die at the End on my desk and part of me is wondering if I can actually cope with this book after History is All You Left Me, but I have to. Silvera's writing is captivating, heartfelt, lyrical, passionate. This is definitely going to be in my top few young adult novels of the year because I cannot get Theo and Griffin out of my mind. Go buy it. Thank you kindly to Simon and Schuster for sharing this copy with me.

- 10/07/2017
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