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Adam Silvera Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

More Happy Than Not (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
History Is All You Left Me (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
They Both Die at the End (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Adam Silvera is an American author. He was born and grew up in the Bronx, New York. He describes himself as being tall for ‘no reason’. Before he worked in publishing and wrote, he was a bookseller. He eventually shifted into working in children’s publishing at a literary development company.

Adam Silvera has also worked on a creative writing website for teens as well as a book reviewer of novels in the young adult genre as well as children’s books. He currently lives in New York City and his debut novel is titled More Happy Than Not. He is the author of History Is All You Left Me and They Both Die at the End in addition to collaborating with fellow author Becky Albertalli on What If It’s Us.

In his first novel, More Happy Than Not, main character Aaron Soto lives in the Bronx. He struggles with feeling happy on a regular basis and deep down thinks that being happy shouldn’t be as difficult as it is. But then something new is announced and it has the potential to change everything for him.

It’s a memory alteration procedure that is top of the line and newly developed courtesy of the Leteo Institute. Aaron Soto hears about the procedure when it is announced and he immediately sees the procedure as both potentially helpful and also something that is definitely too good to be true– and you know what they say about that: if things are too good to be true, then they most likely probable are too good to be true.

Even if this procedure were some amazing cure, Aaron is suspicious. Things like this don’t show up in places like the projects if they really do work. And even if they do, they’re not going to be offering them up to everyone to try. Aaron remembers growing up poor, and he remembers how his dad committed suicide in the apartment that they lived in. He remembers how all of his friends just seem to shrug him off. So even though he is pretty distrustful, Aaron still thinks about doing the procedure.

Aaron doesn’t know if he should go through with the procedure. However, with the support of his girlfriend standing by his side, Aaron feels like he could go through with it. Maybe his brother and his exhausted mother aren’t necessarily support systems, but he has his girlfriend. Then a unique person called Thomas comes into his life.

Thomas is like a breath of fresh air. Aaron has always considered himself a little weird or difficult to make happy, but it all feels so easy to be happy when he is with Thomas. When they are together, Thomas makes Aaron feel like he’s totally normal. He’s into his book obsession and spending time with him, and they even have nicknames for each other. It feels really easy to just be himself when he is around Thomas, and he barely thinks about his girlfriend at all.

Suddenly Aaron realizes that he is gay and he can’t really stop being gay. Desperate, he starts to consider the procedure more than ever. It’s a way to get around the complex questions that he has for himself and also a way to truly not only forget his past, but his identity as well. Check out this book to find out what Aaron finally decides and give yourself the opportunity to dive into this truly wonderful novel from Adam Silvera.

Griffin is the main character in History is All You Left Me. He is faced with tragedy early on as his first love has been lost in a drowning accident. Theo was his boyfriend and Griffin is absolutely devastated. They had a special relationship filled with fun and romantic moments and inside jokes.

He is having a hard time dealing with his grief and wants to hold onto every aspect of his past with him. On top of that, Griffin has O.C.D. and it’s not making fixating on his boyfriend’s life any easier. Griffin had told Theo about his OCD and Theo was trying to help him deal with it. When Theo gets into college in California, Griffin doesn’t want to be left behind by his boyfriend, so he breaks up with him. However, at the time he knows that he still cares for Theo and they will find their way back to each other.

Griffin eventually develops a friendship with Jackson, who was Theo’s last boyfriend that he started dating at college. Griffin tries to be happy for him, but he’s also hurt, and his OCD is getting worse. Then he heard that Jackson wanted Theo to stop being friends with his other friends, and Griffin really had to wonder if he should move on entirely to avoid being hurt. But then Theo drowns, and his whole world changes.

Jackson does come to Theo’s funeral in New York and stays a while. Griffin and Jackson start to talk to each other about everything despite their differences. At first, it feels like a somewhat healthy way to process Theo’s passing with someone who knew him. But as Jackson begins to act strangely, Griffin starts to wonder what’s going on with Theo’s former lover.

Griffin eventually starts to think that something is up with the elusive and suspicious ex. Jackson is showing signs of something that looks like guilt, and Griffin begins to feel like he’s hiding something. Once Griffin starts to have his doubts about the ex, he will stop at absolutely nothing in order to get to the truth. However, just because he has his worries– does that mean he is right? And what if it’s not Jackson that is the problem– it’s Griffin himself that cannot be trusted?

It’s difficult to trust the narrator at points during this novel, but Griffin is so upset over losing Theo that he is happy to have someone to relate to. Theo’s death is still fresh in his mind, and the OCD is getting worse. The pain of losing him and never truly amending things is weighing heavily on Griffin’s spirit. But to truly get over Theo and the past, he must accept everything that has happened and try to heal, for better or worse. Pick up this book and enjoy this thriller from Silvera for yourself!

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