Review:”History Is All You Left Me” by Adam Silvera

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From 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. Continue reading

Blog Post: 17 Novelas En Español Con Personajes LGBT

Note: For the awesome people following this blog – this week I am making an exception, and writing a blog post in Spanish, in which I will recommend 17 novels with LGBT characters. This is with the purpose of promoting LGBTQ+ narratives in Spanish. Given the latest events regarding the LGBTQ+ community in Mexico, I think  that now it’s more important than ever to highlight these stories, and to have readers reach them, if possible in their native language. 

Love is love.

Vale, hace un par de semanas tuvo lugar la marcha del Frente Nacional por la Familia. La marcha supone apoyar la familia natural. Por familia natural entendemos papá, mamá e hijos. Al mismo tiempo la marcha dejaba muy en claro su postura acerca de los homosexuales, y la adopción por parte de matrimonios de parejas del mismo sexo, abogando que los gays no tienen porque adoptar, y es que… las criaturas! Continue reading

Review: Please Remember Me by Jacob Z. Flores

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ABOUT:

Successful lawyer Santi Herrera couldn’t be happier with the direction his life is taking. Not only is he on track to becoming a partner in his law firm, but he’s planning his wedding to Hank Burton, a south Texas contractor who has made a name for himself despite his humble beginnings. The introverted lone wolf Santi and the friendly, outgoing Hank complement each other perfectly. From the moment they laid eyes on each other, they were hooked, and as far as Santi and Hank are concerned, a happily ever after is their destiny.

But fate deals them a devastating new hand.

A construction accident leaves Hank with severe head trauma and brings him precariously close to death. When he finally awakens, Hank doesn’t remember Santi or the love they shared for the past three years. Santi faces the greatest challenge of his life. Can he respark a flame his lover can’t recall? And can he stop the diverging paths that fickle fate charts between them?

Santi has faith in the love he and Hank shared and in the words his father once spoke to him: “It’s never too late to fall in love. All over again.”


 

REVIEW:

This was a very sweet book, and while some things absolutely worked for me, others didn’t quite much.

Santi and Hank met one weekend. What you find here is the definition of insta love/lust. I guess is more insta lust with incredible chemistry than insta love, but I normally struggle to buy those. That being said, I think that in this book it was nicely worked… If with a bit of disbelief on my cynic self part.

A quick summary of this: Santi and Hank met in San Diego, but Santi is from Houston, so he goes back home after an awesome weekend. They keep in touch, and months later Hank moves to Houston with Santi. They have a great relationship, and they are madly in love, but tragedy strikes when Hank has an accident that causes him severe memory loss. Basically, his years with Santi don’t exist for him. He doesn’t recall a thing, and this breaks Santi’s heart. Now Santi has to work on bringing back Hank’s memories of them together, or make new ones. But one way or the other, is starting from scratch.

Angsty? Yes? Well… No. Not so much.

I was expecting an angst fest, but didn’t quite get it. Don’t get me wrong, there were times when my heart just shrunk, and I teared up a bit, but there was no ugly crying. Half of me is thankful for that, the other half is in a terrible need to go after an extremely angsty book to satisfy the emotional masochist that lives inside me and I rarely let out.

A lot of this book is based on either past memories of the couple or making new ones. I wish I’d seen more of the working through and on the amnesia that hit Hank. I understand the go-with-the-flow approach, and yeah, I agree it was the best thing to do. But still..

What I liked about this book a lot was that Santi realized that if he couldn’t get Hank to remember their past, he could build a new future. It was lovely to see him so giving and selfless. After the initial shock of knowing that Hank didn’t know who he was, he got over it and decided to try to get his man back by having him to fall in love with him again. It was lovely, and very sweet. It was also heartbreaking, given certain circumstances, and where (in time) Hank was right after he woke up from the accident.

Santi’s love for Hank was.. Selfless. It was a rare kind of unconditional love. Hank’s love for Santi shows in two different ways – before the accident, and after the accident. While the sentiment is strong in the end, they are different. They brewed differently. I appreciated that because it shows that there’s no recipe to fall in love, and that even with the same person can happen in completely different ways.

I have two things that didn’t work for me. I guess both are more a personal thing, than anything the author did.

1. I love romances, I do. However, I always struggle with extreme sweetness. I always struggle with showers of love. I felt that at times the dialogues were just SO romantic, that they felt a bit overdone. But then again, maybe that’s the cynic in me speaking. Lol

2. The other one is that the characters seemed way too perfect. They had practically no flaws. Yes, of course Santi lost control a couple of times, but this was under exceptional situations. And of curse Hank’s confusion was not pretty but just like with Santi, this was because of what he was going through. Outside of that specific situation they were living, they seemed way too perfect for me. And truth to be told, I like my characters to be imperfect.

So, all in all this was a good book. My favorite thing was Hank being this bulky guy who loves hello kitty lol 🙂

Sweet book, overall. Maybe too sweet for me, but I know some people who will love it. I think that if you’ve put this off because you fear an angst fest, you’re safe to read. The truly angsty moments are few, and the rest of the book is nice and easy to read.

Thanks to Sheri for reading this with me 🙂


 

 

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Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

 

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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?

 


 

REVIEW:

I kind of, sort of, definitely loved this book… And it was nothing like I expected it to be.

On rare occasions I stumble upon books like this that leave me speechless but with a terrible need to talk about it. Last night, when I finished this book I turned in tears to my husband who when he saw that I was actually sobbing, offered to make me a cup of tea. I NEVER drink tea, except when I’m sick or terribly sad. I was simply heartbroken.

You need to know that this is a heart wrenching story. It’s so deeply sad that just punches you in the stomach over and over. Well, no. This book has beautiful moments of friendship. It’s full of literature and comic references. It definitely has that element that screams “teens”, but it’s so different from other YA books I’ve read. I love when j can say that a book is beautiful. This book wasn’t. Not in the conventional way, anyway, it has a different kind of beauty – the dark one that slowly sucks you in and you can’t break free from it.

This book deals with pain. That kind of pain that makes it difficult to breath. It deals with loss, and desperation. It deals with that kind self-loathing that makes it difficult to walk and want to go on. It deals with hate, but also love. It also deals with discrimination, homophobia, but also with acceptance and learning to be who you are despite it all. It’s about learning that, well, he heart wants what it wants. And that you could never be something you’re not.

For the first half of the book I thought I knew where this was going… And oh boy, was I wrong. So, so, so wrong. And when the truth of the boy in this book, our story teller, Aaron, hit me, I was absolutely destroyed.

This book, in my opinion, has no happy ending, though I found it painfully realistic in the setting it presents. I wanted to crawl into the book and hold Aaron so tight, but I couldn’t. So I finished the book and hugged my kindle instead. What this book does have, is an ending where the MC learns a very important lesson: your true self will always find a way to show, no matter what you do. No matter what you’re willing to give up.

I absolutely recommend this book to everyone, but I need to ask you to read this when you’re in a very good place.

Despite me being in tears for like an hour after I finished it, and wanting to tweet the author a: YOU BETTER SEND ME HOT COCOA BECAUSE IM CRYING! AND I HATE YOU! I most definitely read more of his work, because if this is how he writes, then he needs his own space in my shelf.

 


 

 

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