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OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold on to 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, listeners will question Griffin's own version of the truth - in terms of both what he's willing to hide and what true love means.

©2017 Adam Silvera (P)2017 Recorded Books

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It Hurts. So You'll Like It.

This is one of those books that is beautiful in a painful sort of way. I would definitely reread this, as it approaches grief in a way that feels so honest, and some of the perspectives are refreshingly different from other YA Contemporary stories centered around grief and loss.

The writing is excellent, and I adore the characters. There was even something that took me by surprise, because I was so buried in the story that I didn't even bother making predictions or assumptions while I read. I was just completely along for the ride on this, and I think that was the right way to experience it. Because, after all, grief itself is rather unpredictable.

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i want my heart back

this book... this book tore my heart out and I kind of want it back. the story was amazing, heart breaking and,over all just a great time. I've always loved books that can make me really feel something and this book did that. and the narrator did a good job of capturing the pain griffin was going through. I swear, sometimes it felt like he was actually crying in the booth. I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone

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  • Ray Paramo
  • Orange County, CA United States
  • 08-27-17

A Beautiful Narrative of Young Love and Real Loss

Would you consider the audio edition of History Is All You Left Me to be better than the print version?

Silvera's novel is a very beautiful exploration of first love and loss--death, in fact. The relationship between Griffin and Theo is authentic and heartfelt and the tenderness of their dynamic resonates in the pain that Griffin feels as he processes his grief over Theo's death. This novel had me smiling, sneering, chuckling, and frowning. I cared about these characters--I sincerely wanted Griffin to find happiness again.

The novel's third act does struggle a bit: some events unfold that are not only unprecedented, but a little difficult to buy. That being said, 'History Is All You Left Me' concludes well and leaves a lot on which to reflect. The novel is poignant, insightful, raw, and, most importantly, enjoyable. I find myself quickly becoming a Silvera fan, and I look forward to the release of his next book, 'They Both Die at the End.'

What about Tom Picasso’s performance did you like?

While he does sound a little young, Picasso did a great job of conveying a sense of innocence and vulnerability through Griffin's narration. He took about a chapter to grow on me, but thereafter, I enjoyed the performance.

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  • North Carolinaa
  • 04-07-17

Surprisingly, it turned out to be a good read.

I'm not going to lie...
when I first purchased this book, I thought I had wasted a credit. I had the mentality of "I will finish this no matter what!"

The more I listened, the more I appreciated what I read. This book focuses on a a boy who is grieving the loss of his first love. It switches between two timelines. The timeline where Theo is dead, and the timeline where he's alive and you get to see the dynamic between griff and the group. There are quite a few twist that I was not expecting. It's a great read. By the end of the book, you'll grow to care for the characters, all of them.

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Ruined Me

Listened to this book on a long drive back home from Florida and it literally ruined me but in the best way a book can possible ruin someone 😭

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Amazing

The story was absolutely beautiful, you can relate to the characters and fall in love with each and everyone presented! I've listened to this book twice in a row because of how amazing the story is. Definitely a great listen/read.

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love the story, not the narrator

another amazing book from adam silvera. cannot gush enough. however, i found it difficult to get through because of the narrator. he speaks with a lot of inflection and emotion, but can, at times, sound like an overexcited child.

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BRILLIANT!

Despite some confusion on account of who's speaking at any given time. The story was beautiful! It breaks your heart from the first chapter and allows you to truly empathize with the characters

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History Is All You Left Me

Utterly beautiful. Adam is a master at captivating his audience. Every word had me hooked. Deeply devastating, but heart warming.

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The feels though!

I love this book! Read it you will not be disappointed! Beautifully written story and super amazing characters! Can't wait to read more from Adam!!

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  • BevS
  • 07-20-18

My first Adam Silvera.....

I'm giving 5 stars for the story and 4 stars for the narration cos the quality wasn't that good at times, very muffled, although I did like the narrator. There were tears, laughter [the scene with the condoms, Grif's dad and the awkward silences/embarrassment for all concerned in the shop made me hoot] AND I loved the fact that the author didn't give us a whitewashed version of the YA aspect of the story, and try to pretend that the boys weren't having sex when you knew damn well that they were [although not on page]. Both boys had faults and made mistakes....My first Adam Silvera - of course he ripped my heart out and then put it back together again very slowly. They Both Die at the End will be up shortly, again on audio and I can't wait for What If It's Us in October.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-22-18

A lovely story about loss

A story about love and trust and responsibilities that come with it. The character's dealing with loss is well written and believable. A lovely story.

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  • Nick Simms
  • 03-31-18

This will rip out your heart

Where does History Is All You Left Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Second only to Adam Silvera's "They Both Die At The End". Utterly brilliant book

What was one of the most memorable moments of History Is All You Left Me?

The sudden realisation that it is possible to place blame upon oneself unknowingly

What does Tom Picasso bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A human touch. Listening to someone read a story is the most wonderful experience. Tom has a wonderful narrating voice

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Destroyed me emotionally at points. made me feel happy at others. Adam is a genius with emotional dialogue

Any additional comments?

I cannot recommend this highly enough. Brilliant!!

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  • Elishia Chave
  • 02-28-18

Honest and beautifully complex

I’m so glad I found this author. I’m going through Adam Silvera’s work and adoring each new character, and each new wonderfully crafted perspective!

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  • Chelsea
  • 01-05-18

Couldn’t put this down.

No words for how much I enjoyed this. This story had me both laughing and crying within a few lines. Such a hauntingly beautiful story, I knew I would enjoy this but didn’t expect it to have the impact it did. Well done Adam.

The reader for this audiobook is also very good. Not annoying at all like some, recommend⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Kim (_booksarelove)
  • 08-15-18

LOVED IT

I decided to pick up History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera after reading a heap of reviews from other book bloggers that I follow. I am going to say that I am so glad that I did.

From the get go, I was hooked in the story and wanted to find out more. I will admit that I did find this book a bit depressing, but in a good way (as odd as that sounds!) I was needing to know what happened to Theo and what Jackson was hiding.

I really loved the writing style of this one. As I was getting the current happenings, the next chapter would be 'history' and I would discover what had happened in the past. In this way there were almost two stories, but they met in the middle and it all made sense at the end.

Character-wise, I adored Griffin. He was a boy who was battling with compulsions and his love for Theo even though Theo was with someone else. I really related to him throughout most of the story. I also didn't find myself getting frustrated with characters in this book, which I really enjoyed.

Tom Picasso, who narrated History is All You Left Me did an amazing job. His voice was easy to listen to, and changed well with all the different characters. I enjoyed listening to him tell Griffin's story!

I am really excited to read more books by Adam Silvera, as this was my first one!