Seventeen-year-olf Griffin is overcome with grief. His ex-boyfriend Theo, with whom he had hoped to reunite, has died in a drowning accident, and now they'll never have a chance to get back together. He's alone in his misery, not speaking to his best friend Wade, who had a falling-out with Theo. Now Theo's current boyfriend Jackson, the guy who stole Theo away, wants to be Griffin's friend. If that weren't enough, Griffin's OCD has gone from being a "quirk" to a compulsion that interferes with his daily life. In alternating chapters, flashing back to when Theo was still alive, we see Griffin and Theo fall in love, make each other better people, fight and make up, break up so Theo can be free in college, and try to move on with other people. And we see Griffin, Wade, and Jackson make some fairly poor decisions in their sadness and anger. This book does a beautiful job portraying how all-consuming, exhausting, and lonely grief can be, and how we sometimes turn to unexpected sources of comfort and solace. Highly recommended for older teens, and especially for fans of John Corey Whaley's Highly Illogical Behavior and Patrick Ness' The Rest of Us Just Live Here.
"This book will make you cry, think, and then cry some more." --Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, EverythingFrom the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not comes an explosive examination of grief, mental illness, and the devastating consequences of refusing to let go of the past. 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.
About the Author
Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked as a bookseller, as a consultant at a literary development company, as a reviewer of children's and young adult novels. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed debut novel, More Happy Than Not, and the New York Times bestseller They Both Die at the End. He lives in New York City and is tall for no reason.
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