Adam Silvera is back and I may not survive this time. Silvera’s first novel, More Happy Than Not, was released in June 2015 and followed a young man in a tale of self discovery. I did a full review of More Happy Than Not here, and since then I’ve been in a huge reading slump. No matter what I read, the stories just weren’t the same. The last time I had this feeling was after reading Benjamin Alire Saenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe back in late 2014. I even met Adam last year at the Boston Teen Author Festival and he signed my book, after he enjoyed the story of my hangover.
Now, approximately a year and a half later, Silvera’s second novel is being released. This time he tackles love and loss and mental illness with a story of young love lost. History is All You Left Me has been blurbed by another of my favourite authors, Becky Albertalli, as “Sweetly devastating, passionately honest, and breathtakingly human. Only Adam Silvera could have written this story.” And this just reinforces the idea that I will simultaneously love and hate this book.
But, enough of my rambling. The cover for History is All You Left Me was revealed yesterday and it’s as thought provoking as it is poignant. See the cover and synopsis for Silvera’s second novel, due on 17th January 2017, below:
OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold onto 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, readers will question Griffin’s own version of the truth—both in terms of what he’s willing to hide and what true love means. (Source: Goodreads)
Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and 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 writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.