History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera Review!

Started: March 18, 2017

Finished: March 25, 2017

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.


I have fallen in love with Adam Silvera’s writing.

I picked up this book at SE-YA 2017, and I also met Adam Silvera when I attended a panel that he spoke at. I’ve wanted to read this book since I heard Kat O’Keefe talk about it on her YouTube channel, and I finally picked it up while I was at SE-YA.

I really, really liked this book.

The plot was so incredibly paced. I love contemporaries because their pacing is typically really well done, but this one was just phenomenal. There weren’t any slow parts, because Adam wrote this book in a way that makes it seem like every single part was important.

One thing about the plot that I really loved and pushed this book to a five star rating was the way that I fell in and out of love with Theo right along with Griffin. At the beginning of the book, I loved Theo. I thought he was an amazing character and an amazing person, and then as the book continued on, I grew angry with Theo and realized how flawed he was right along with Griffin realizing the same things and growing angry about the same thing. I went on Griffin’s journey with him, and even though I can’t relate to Griffin’s story (since I am a straight female), Adam Silvera wrote this book so well that I felt like I went on this seemingly unrelatable journey with these fantastic characters.

The characters were very real to me. I wanted to be friends with these characters because they seemed so realistic. Griffin’s grief hit me like it was my own, and his confusion about the events of the novel really made me feel like I knew him and the other characters in the story.

All in all, this was a fantastic novel that was well worth the hype surrounding it. I plan to read Adam Silvera’s other work, More Happy Than Not, and the book that he’s releasing this fall, so hopefully I get to those this year as well!

See you next time!


NEXT READ: A World Without You by Beth Revis

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Kids of Appetite by David Arnold Review!

Started: March 6, 2017

Finished: March 18, 2017

Rating: 3.5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell. It begins with the death of Vic’s father. It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle. The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it. But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between. This is a story about: 1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey. 2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter. 3. One dormant submarine. 4. Two songs about flowers. 5. Being cool in the traditional sense. 6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards. 7. Simultaneous extreme opposites. 8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country. 9. A story collector. 10. How to listen to someone who does not talk. 11. Falling in love with a painting. 12. Falling in love with a song. 13. Falling in love.


I had really high hopes for this book, but I can’t really say that it lived up to all of them.

I’m a big fan of David Arnold’s work. Mosquitoland was one of my favorite reads last year. So I was really excited to get my hands of Kids of Appetite because I was anticipating another really great story. But something about this one just felt off to me.

I don’t know if it was the characters, or the plot, or the setting but this whole story didn’t feel right to me. So I’m going to break down what exactly didn’t sit right with me and then get into what made this book enjoyable, because I did enjoy it (especially the end).

Typically I don’t like when books feel like they’re trying to be “different” or “special”. That’s the big reason why I don’t like John Green’s books. If something feels like it’s trying to be different, or edgy, or special, then it doesn’t feel genuine. This book felt like that. It felt like it was trying to create an image for itself from the very first page, but it was trying too hard. As much as I loved Mad, she and Vic just didn’t feel real.

When characters don’t feel real, I find it very hard to connect to them. Mad and Vic didn’t feel like people I would meet in real life. Even though they were very round characters, they felt entirely two-dimensional. They weren’t characters that I felt attached to, and I just couldn’t fully get into the story because of that.

The story was another thing that simply didn’t sit right. Half of the time, the narrative didn’t make sense until certain things that kept being repeated were explained. I understand that that works in many narratives, but in this one it just felt weird.

Now that I’ve explained my main complaint with this book, let me tell you what I liked: the ending.

I’m noticing a pattern with books that I don’t particularly enjoy, and it’s that they have great endings. This story had one of those endings where it felt like everything simply fell and locked into place. I can’t give details because of spoilers, but it was the perfect ending to what felt like a very haphazard story.

All in all, I enjoyed David Arnold’s writing in this book, but I wish that the story and characters had felt a little bit more genuine. I may revisit this book in the future, but for now I’m off to other worlds.

See you next time!


NEXT READ: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

 

 

March TBR!

Hello, readers!

So March is a pretty busy month for me, but I’m not planning on letting that interfere with my reading!

I’ve already one book on this list, so my goal is to get the other three done as well!

I have to work over spring break, but I’ll still be trying to get my reading done during that time.

I’ve planned four books for this month, so let’s get started!


1. The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

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Synopsis: For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them are, but Ariel is now seventeen and after years of new apartments, new schools, and new faces, all she wants is to put down some roots. Complicating things are Monica and Gabe, both of whom have stirred a different kind of desire. Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined.

(There’s more to this story than just this, but this is all I can put without spoilers because the synopsis spoils the entire book.)

2.) Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

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Synopsis: Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell. It begins with the death of Vic’s father. It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle. The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it. But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between. This is a story about: 1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey. 2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter. 3. One dormant submarine. 4. Two songs about flowers. 5. Being cool in the traditional sense. 6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards. 7. Simultaneous extreme opposites. 8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country. 9. A story collector. 10. How to listen to someone who does not talk. 11. Falling in love with a painting. 12. Falling in love with a song. 13. Falling in love.

3.) The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

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Synopsis: What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes. Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written. In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten. But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

4.) Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson

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Synopsis: It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others. But this isn’t a story about the shooting itself. This isn’t about recounting that one unforgettable day. This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, played saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates. Each chapter is told from a different victim’s viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he’d become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties.  This is a book of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA’s most recognizable names.


I’ll be back soon with a review of Ellen Hopkins’s The You I’ve Never Known!

See you then!