Author: Adam Silvera Publisher: Soho Teen Release Date: June 2nd 2015 Genre: YA Fiction, Contemporary Pages: 304 ––– In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut—called “mandatory reading” by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.
In the months after his father's suicide, it's been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again--but he's still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he's slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.
When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron's crew notices, and they're not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can't deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can't stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
Why does happiness have to be so hard? ––– Wow. I’m really glad I’m finally got around to reading this because it was about time!! I’d anticipated Silvera’s second book History is All You Left Me (review here!!) for quite a while and when I read it and adored it, I immediately his debut More Happy Than Not. And although I prefer History, I really enjoyed this one. For a debut, it was so profound and gripping and an emotional rollercoaster.
“The boy with no direction taught me something unforgettable: happiness comes again if you let it.”
Aaron is in a relationship with Genevieve and when she leaves for a few weeks, he starts to become more involved with a new friend Thomas. And slowly but surely, he realises he has feelings for Thomas and he is in fact gay. But seen as he figures that being straight means him living a much easier life, he does some research into the Leteo Institute – a place that gets rid of unwanted memories and helps you forget. So he decides to go, trying to forget that he’s gay so he can be happy with Genevieve and the end result is heart-breaking.
The plot was so compelling and so uniqye and I enjoyed it the whole way through, just like how I adored Silvera’s style of writing. I think he has such an eloquence to it and a sense of originality attached.
The characters were fantastic and I found myself feeling so very emotionally attached to poor Aaron and I just wanted him to be happy! I think it was an excellent book for a debut and his second book shows that he can improve even further – therefore, you won’t be surprised that I cannot wait for They Both Die at the End!
Author: Adam Silvera Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK Release Date: 9th February 2017 Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBT Pages: 320 ––– You’re still alive in alternate universes, Theo, but I live in the real world where this morning you’re having an open casket funeral. I know you’re out there, listening. And you should know I’m really pissed because you swore you would never die and yet here we are. It hurts even more because this isn’t the first promise you’ve broken. OCD-afflicted seventeen-year-old, Griffin, has just lost his first love – his best friend, ex-boyfriend and the boy he believed to be his ultimate life partner – in a drowning accident. In a desperate attempt to hold onto every last piece of the past, a broken Griffin forges a friendship with Theo’s new college boyfriend, Jackson. And Griffin will stop at nothing to learn every detail of Theo’s new college life, and ultimate 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 ultimately means... ––– ‘Read it and weep.’ Honestly that should’ve been the tagline for this book because you
definitely should read this and
you will most certainly weep.
What a fantastic emotional rollercoaster of a book. Filled with grief and love and loss and executed magnificently. There was not a dull moment in these pages, and at most scenes I was sobbing my eyes out. Especially at Theo’s funeral and burial and when Griffin read his eulogy.
“I'll never understand how time can make a moment feel as close as yesterday and as far as years.”
Now, if there’s something that I had to choose to be the best part of this book, it would be the characters. Oh my life, the characters are perfect. There was not one that I didn’t love by the end of the novel. Griffin, my little baby cinnamon roll, I had loved from the get-go. Once I got to know Theo, I fell in love with him too and wished so terribly that he was still alive. At first, my opinion on Jackson was that I disliked him but I realised throughout the book that he loved Theo just as Griffin did and he’d lost Theo too. And Wade, someone I didn’t think was important, turned out to be one of my favourite characters.
The two main plot twists at the end (especially the one regarding Wade) meant that I physically couldn’t put the book down. It was phenomenal. I have yet to read More Happy Than Not but I’m just after ordering it so I should have it soon. And I’m incredibly excited for his new release later this year, THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END.
5 out of 5 stars – incredible, satisfying, emotional (AF) and realistic.