Publisher: Soho Teen
Published: June 2nd 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary, LGBT+,
My Rating: 5 Stars
Part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, part Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut confronts race, class, and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.
Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling. He’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it’s his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future.
As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten to shatter his newfound contentment. A revolutionary memory-alteration procedure, courtesy of the Leteo Institute, might be the way to straighten himself out. But what if it means forgetting who he truly is?
Okay, first of all, I have been a book blogger and involved in the YA book blogging community for almost two years now, why was the first time I ever heard of this book two months ago? Why have y’all been hiding this? I’m mad. I could have read this book sixty-seven times by now.
This is the first Adam Silvera book I’ve read, and I had been warned that they are usually sad, which is approximately my favorite genre of book, I thought I reached the sad part in the middle, only to be smacked in the face and left completely speechless by the end. This book is so much in a little over eight hours of audiobook. Breathtaking and heartbreaking come to mind as ways to describe it, but I don’t think those words are enough.
This is book contains a bit of science fiction woven into the narrative, there’s the Leteo Institute that can alter memories. Throughout the book, I was left thinking about how much a person’s past defines who they are as a person in the present, and how changing one thing about your past can change everything. The impact past events have on our current lives are monumental, and I think this book shows this in a way that doesn’t come across as philosophical and silly.
This book examines happiness in a way that I found brilliant. I don’t want to talk about it too much because *spoilers* but I like how Silvera discusses Aaron’s happiness and how Aaron believes his happiness revolves around this one aspect of this life.
I loved the way this book dealt with sexuality. Again I’m not sure how to discuss it without spoilers, but I understood how sometimes it feels like it would be easier if you weren’t who you are and wanting to change that one part, knowing life would be better if you were different. Maybe even happier if you could erase that part. This book is something special.
Overall, I found this book beautiful and brilliant. It’s the kind of book that’s hard to talk about with someone who hasn’t read it, so I highly suggest you do. It’s definitely the next book in the “Deanna annoys Jen until Jen reads the book- book club.” I’m working on it. I will wear her down.
In conclusion, read this book if you haven’t it’s so good, and the kind of book that makes you think about things while you’re reading it and for days afterward.
Until next time, Internet,