History Is All You Left Me
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History Is All You Left Me

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"This book will make you cry, think, and then cry some more." --Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything From the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not comes an explosive examination of grief, mental illness, and the devastating consequences of refusing to let go of the past. 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. To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin's downward spiral continues. He's losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he's been keeping are tearing him apart. If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 294 pages
  • 147 x 216 x 25mm | 408g
  • Soho Teen
  • United States
  • English
  • 1616956925
  • 9781616956929
  • 49,080

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Praise for "History Is All You Left Me" "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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of"Everything, Everything" ""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, "New York Times" bestselling author of"The Rest of Us Just Live Here"and"A Monster Calls" "Sweetly devastating, passionately honest, and breathtakingly human. Only Adam Silvera could have written this story." Becky Albertalli, National Book Award nominee and award-winning author of "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" "History Is All You Left Me" is a moving portrayal of two teens grieving over the same lost love. Adam Silvera s characters grab your heart and do not let go. This beautifully sad book will captivate teen readers. Angela Frederick, librarian, YALSA member, and 2015 Printz Committee member Masterful . . . Griffin, Theo, Jackson, and Wade will stay with teen readers for a long time because they are so achingly real. YA readers need these characters and all of their edges, their mistakes, their losses and, yes, their joy. This is a complicated, nuanced, elegantly crafted work. It s a book that s going be a lifeline for teens, an out-stretched hand that assures them they are not alone and their story will go on. This is a book beyond compare. Angie Manfredi, Head of Youth Services for the Los Alamos County Library System and 2016 2017 Stonewall Book Award Committee member Silvera s singularly authentic voice is back in force in his second novel. Like "The Fault in Our Stars," here is a book that explores grief and vulnerability with honesty, without talking down to the reader. The nuanced, complex characters nearly walk off the page, and the compulsively readable story and artfully chosen details make this a book worth getting lost in! Shay McClean, Children s Buyer at Third Street Books In this authentic and charged sophomore novel, Silvera presents a narrator whose grief is nearly tangible. As Griffin revisits his path with Theo best friend, ex-boyfriend, and love of his life he discovers that their history is much more than a neat and tidy linear line. Once again, Silvera gifts readers with an emotional wrecking ball of a novel, leaving them stronger for the experience. Sara Grochowski, Children s/YA Buyer at Brilliant Books Praise for "More Happy Than Not " Silvera managed to leave me smiling after totally breaking my heart. Unforgettable. Becky Albertalli, National Book Award nominee and author of "Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda " A one-of-a-kind voice and a genius idea . . . A mesmerizing, unforgettable tour de force. John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist and author of "Where Things Come Back" and "Noggin" The honesty of his words and his ability to tell a story make you realize that we ve been waiting for him. Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of "Counting by 7s" and "I ll Be There" Silvera pulls his punches with an energy, daring, and intensity that left me spellbound and reminded me why I love to read. Adele Griffin, author of "The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone" His writing crackles with challenging questions, searing and timely. Aaron Hartzler, author of "Rapture Practice" Beautiful . . . With a precision that feels at once dreamy and casually reportorial . . . Mandatory reading. "The New York Times Book Review ""Poignant . . . So engrossing that once you start it, you won't be able to put it down. Don't say we didn't warn you." TeenVogue.com "Heartfelt . . . The futuristic twist, with its poignant repercussions, drives home a memorable, thoroughly contemporary theme: who you are inside is not something that can or should be erased . . . Lose your memories, lose your pain, lose yourself." "Chicago Tribune" "A gut-wrenching story telling of race and sexuality." "The Guardian ""[An] important addition to speculative fiction for young adults . . . Silvera's tale combines the best features of science fiction with social justice in this engaging read, as Aaron finds a place where he belongs." "Los Angeles Times " "This is definitely at the top of my YA list. There s a realness to its main character, Aaron Soto, and his struggle to be who he really is. It confronts race and sexuality in a way I haven t seen in the genre before." "Latina Magazine " A fresh spin on . . . a teen experiencing firsts first love, first sex, first loss and struggling with his identity and sexuality . . . Ingenious. "Booklist," Starred Review An honest depiction of the pains of navigating the teen years . . . A multifaceted look at some of the more unsettling aspects of human relationships. A brilliantly conceived page-turner. "Kirkus Reviews," Starred Review Vividly written and intricately plotted . . . Silvera pulls no punches. "Publishers Weekly," Starred Review A gripping read Silvera skillfully weaves together many divergent young adult themes within an engrossing, intense narrative. "School Library Journal," Starred Review"show more

About Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children's bookseller, at a literary development company, and as a 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 lives in New York City and is tall for no reason.show more

Review Text

'Praise for History Is All You Left Me "Sweetly devastating, passionately honest, and breathtakingly human. Only Adam Silvera could have written this story."-Becky Albertalli, National Book Award nominee and award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda " History Is All You Left Me is a moving portrayal of two teens grieving over the same lost love. Adam Silvera's characters grab your heart and do not let go. This beautifully sad book will captivate teen readers."-Angela Frederick, librarian, YALSA member, and 2015 Printz Committee member"Masterful . . . Griffin, Theo, Jackson, and Wade will stay with teen readers for a long time because they are so achingly real. YA readers need these characters and all of their edges, their mistakes, their losses and, yes, their joy. This is a complicated, nuanced, elegantly crafted work. It's a book that's going be a lifeline for teens, an out-stretched hand that assures them they are not alone and their story will go on. This is a book beyond compare."-Angie Manfredi, Head of Youth Services for the Los Alamos County Library System and 2016-2017 Stonewall Book Award Committee member "Silvera's singularly authentic voice is back in force in his second novel. Like The Fault in Our Stars , here is a book that explores grief and vulnerability with honesty, without talking down to the reader. The nuanced, complex characters nearly walk off the page, and the compulsively readable story and artfully chosen details make this a book worth getting lost in!" -Shay McClean, Children's Buyer at Third Street Books"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 won't be a teenager alive who won't find their heart described perfectly on these pages."-Patrick Ness, New York Times bestselling author of The Rest of Us Just Live Here and A Monster Calls "In this authentic and charged sophomore novel, Silvera presents a narrator whose grief is nearly tangible. As Griffin revisits his path with Theo-best friend, ex-boyfriend, and love of his life-he discovers that their history is much more than a neat and tidy linearline. Once again, Silvera gifts readers with an emotional wrecking ball of a novel, leaving them stronger for the experience."-Sara Grochowski, Children's/YA Buyer at Brilliant BooksPraise for More Happy Than Not"Silvera managed to leave me smiling after totally breaking my heart. Unforgettable."-Becky Albertalli, National Book Award nominee and author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda"A one-of-a-kind voice and a genius idea . . . A mesmerizing, unforgettable tour de force."-John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist and author of Where Things Come Back and Noggin "The honesty of his words and his ability to tell a story make you realize that we've been waiting for him."-Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s and I'll Be There "Silvera pulls his punches with an energy, daring, and intensity that left me spellbound-and reminded me why I love to read."-Adele Griffin, author of The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone "His writing crackles with challenging questions, searing and timely."-Aaron Hartzler, author of Rapture Practice "Beautiful . . . With a precision that feels at once dreamy and casually reportorial . . .Mandatory reading."- The New York Times Book Review"Poignant . . . So engrossing that once you start it, you won't be able to put it down. Don't say we didn't warn you."-TeenVogue.com"Heartfelt . . . The futuristic twist, with its poignant repercussions, drives home a memorable, thoroughly contemporary theme: who you are inside is not something that can or should be erased . . . Lose your memories, lshow more

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