A high school student with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Griffin Jennings continues to “talk” to his ex-boyfriend who tragically drowned while attending college across the country. As the chapters alternate between the present and two years ago when Theo was still alive and still Griffin’s boyfriend, Adam Silvera crafts an incredibly moving story of young love and the grief that follows the unexpected death of a loved one. The rawness of the emotion cuts deep. Each character is expertly fleshed out and the coming of age story is beautifully plotted, especially as it brings in issues many other novels don’t deal with. It’s risky to say in January, but History Is All You Left Me might be the best young adult book of 2017.
Review copy from Amazon Vine.