Insights for the Booksites - reading mostly for my own pleasure
History Is All You Left Me
by Adam Silvera
This book has a lot of History, and I confess it made me cry. But not for the reason you think. It wasn't because Griffin loses his first love. No. It was because it reminded me of who I lost on December 11th, 2016. My boyfriend's last name was McIntyre. Phil McIntyre died that day. Theo's previous name was McIntyre too. So you see, this book brought the feelings of grief for me and made me cry. All the people, places or things that you genuinely love, give you the most pain. I cried an ocean when I lost my mother, but strangely it wasn't when she died because my mother had killed me a long time ago when she abandoned me. Anyway, I digress. Adam Silvera tells a story about the many stages of grief. For example: How can I live in a world without you in it? When everything reminds me of you? Like how can you watch a favourite show that you used to watch together? Those are just a couple examples of the plight in which Griffin finds himself in after Theo dies. This book is very relatable in that if you have suffered from grief, you'll understand. Also, homosexuality between two guys is more common these days then when I was growing up. OCD? Griffin has it, but in the end, he is strong enough to overcome it.