Title: Here’s To Us

Author: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Pages: 472 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Blurb

Ben has spent his first year of college working on his fantasy manuscript with his writing partner Mario, who is a great Spanish tutor, and an even better kisser. So why can’t he stop thinking about the fact that Arthur’s back in town two years after they called it quits?

Arthur is in New York for a dream internship on Broadway, with a boyfriend back at home that he couldn’t be happier with. But when he comes upon Ben cuddled up with a mystery boy, he starts to wonder if his feelings for Ben ever truly went away. 

Even as the boys try to focus on their futures, they can’t seem to help running into each other in the present. Is the universe forcing them to question if they’re actually meant to be?

Possibly not. After all, things didn’t work the first time around.

Possibly yes. After all, the sparks are still flying.

Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith and raise a glass.

Here’s to celebrating old friends!

Here’s to embracing new beginnings!

Here’s to believing in second chances!

The Review

It has been a long while since I have rooted so fervently for a couple of characters. I felt myself getting to the point where I would either a) throw the book in frustration because Ben and Arthur are meant to be together or b) shouting out loud “Kiss him, you fool!”

Okay, so it is always tricky with a sequel. Will it live up to the predecessor? Will it ruin the story? I can genuinely say that Here’s To Us is on par with What If It’s Us or possibly even better.

Ben and Arthur have grown up and so have their problems and I feel they make it a bit more relatable. Ben and Arthur needed a challenge to their almost perfect love story start and boy do Albertalli and Silvera provide it. But oh, how they pull at those heartstrings.

Here’s To Us is phenomenal as is the whole series. My heart was stolen by this book and I don’t want it back.

Here’s To Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera is available now.

For more information regarding Becky Albertalli (@beckyalbertalli) please visit www.beckyalbertalli.com

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History is all You Left MeTitle: History is All You Left Me

Author: Adam Silvera

Pages: 294 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Blurb

OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold onto every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo’s last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he’s hiding something, and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo’s 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 means.

The Review

Well, I am emotionally drained.

History is All You Left Me is the emotional YA novel that was released earlier this year by Adam Silvera. Griffin and Theo are in love. Well they were until Theo went to college then life got hard for Griffin. When Theo dies, Griffin is torn apart and is trying to figure out how to put himself back together.

The pain and emotion that Griffin is going through drips off every page in History is All You Left Me. It is tangible and unshakable. To feel that hard for someone is special; to be able to write that pain is something spectacular. Adam Silvera does an amazing job telling Griffin’s story. The story is told in the past and the present which gives you a fuller picture of why Griffin feels so broken. The disjointed nature of this leaves the reader unsettled and searching for something to keep them steady; a device cleverly employed by Silvera. The plot twists are epic and shake you to your very core. Overall, it is ok….yeah right, it is amazing.

I can’t promise that you won’t be broken after reading History is All You Left Me.

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera is available now.

For more information regarding Adam Silvera (@AdamSilvera) please visit www.adamsilvera.com.

For more information regarding Simon & Schuster (@simonschusterUK) please visit www.simonandschuster.co.uk.

4 Stars