Mock Printz booktalk: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

What follows is a booktalk for a title on our Mock Printz shortlist. We hope you’ll be able to join us at the event where our winner will be chosen! This booktalk was written by Ian Duncanson of Beaverton City Library.

Griffin’s first love was a boy named Theo. Unfortunately, first loves have a tendency to end, and the two broke up. Theo headed to California for college, leaving Griffin back in New York City. Despite Theo meeting and starting to date Jackson, Griffin secretly harbored hope that the two would one day reconcile. Sadly, all of those hopes are dashed when he learns that Theo has died tragically in a swimming accident in his adopted state.

Griffin’s grief consumes him and begins to drag his entire life down. When Jackson arrives in New York City for the funeral, Griffin’s mental state continues to spiral down with his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder growing progressively worse. He replays his vanished relationship in his mind, the good times and bad, and ponders the “what might have been.” No matter how much he lives in the past, Griffin is ultimately stuck in the present where Theo is dead and he’s trying to hold it together. Secrets and revelations emerge during his recollections; it turns out that his relationship with Theo had more underlying complexities that he initially realized. Can Griffin ever come to terms with his grief and loneliness, or is he cursed to live in the past while throwing away his future?

Register for the 2018 OYAN Mock Printz!

printz-sealThe 2018 Mock Printz date, location, and books have been announced! Details from Lisa Elliot:

When: Saturday, January 20 12-4:30 p.m.
Where: Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th Street, Beaverton, OR 97005
What: A free workshop featuring a presentation from author Cat Winters followed by group discussion and voting on the best books of the year.

To register, email lisae@tigard-or.gov with your name, library, and email addresses of all participants. Please specify age and school for teen registrants. Virtual participation will be available via GotoMeeting (details later).

And now, the books! This a selection of just eight of the most praised and beloved books of the year. Please read them before the workshop, and come prepared to defend your favorites. You will probably not love every book on this list, and that’s what makes this discussion fun, because somebody else will and it will be ON!

  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • Bull by David Elliott
  • A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  • Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana
  • Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  • Spinning by Tillie Walden