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.