Author: Adam Silvera
Publication date: 2017
This book follows the story of a boy named Griffin, who has recently lost his first love and ex-boyfriend Theo in a drowning accident and now he is left to deal with that grief. The story is told in both the past and the present. We get to see the past, where Griffin is describing his relationship with Theo his ex-boyfriend. We also get the present timeline where Theo is now dead and we see how Griffin deals with that grief. We also follow Griffin as he meets Theo’s recent boyfriend Jackson and we get to see how they form an unlikely bond. Jackson is the only person who truly understands his heartache. 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.
Will Griffin find a better way of dealing with his grief?
I was really captivated by the writing format of the book, it’s well done. I really enjoyed the story itself, it was beautiful and extremely heart wrenching. I really enjoyed the representation of the characters, you can easily relate to them. I enjoyed the way Adam shows us how other people deal with grief, which tends to be different for everyone. The book also contains mental issues i.e. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which I think was portrayed perfectly. I learned a lot about this disorder, because I knew nothing about it and the way Griffin dealt with it was perfect.
It was a good story, I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good and sad story.
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