Thursday, August 17, 2017

My Thoughts: The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby

The Secret History of Us
by Jessi Kirby
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Publication Date: August 1st 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780062299468
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Edelweiss

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A near drowning…a coma for days…and then…

Olivia wakes up to realize she doesn’t remember. Not just the accident—but anything from the last four years. Not high school. Not Matt, the guy who is apparently her boyfriend. Not the reason she and Jules are no longer friends. Nothing.

That’s when it hits her—the accident may not have taken her life, but it took something just as vital: her memory. The harder she tires to remember things, the foggier everything gets, and figuring out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.

But then there’s Walker. The guy who saved her. The one who broke her ribs pumping life back into her lungs. The hardened boy who keeps his distance despite Olivia’s attempts to thank him.

With her feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t even remember living. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I was really excited to read The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby, as I had read her previous book, The Things We Know By Heart last year, and really enjoyed it. I just knew that I was going to like The Secret History of Us as well, and I did!

The story definitely starts off with a bang, and it completely grabbed my attention and didn't let go. We follow Olivia as she wakes up in a hospital with absolutely no memory of how she got there. As the story goes along, the pieces of what happened the night of the accident start to slowly come together, and if you're anything like me, you'll fly through the pages trying to put all those pieces together. I was hooked. Coming in at just 288 pages, this book was a really quick read, and I found myself not wanting it to be over as I turned the last page!

Can I say that I can't even imagine being in Olivia's shoes? She definitely handled it much better than I would have, which would have been a blubbering, sobbing mess. She's definitely a strong character, and she has your right along with her as she tries to piece together exactly what happened. She has a really great, supportive family, who do their best to try to help her the best way they possibly can. I don't really feel like we got to know much about some of the secondary characters in the story, but in this case, I was more than ok with that, as I really just wanted to know more about Olivia. Ok, ok... I would have liked to know a little bit more about Walker as well. *wink*

Overall; I really enjoyed reading The Secret History of Us, and I'm even more curious to read more of Jessi's books now! Golden, In Honor, and Moonglass in particular have been on my TBR for a while now, and I'm definitely going to have to pick them up soon!


  1. The synopsis sounds really interesting, so I'm glad you enjoyed it! Sometimes the amnesia trope can be hard to execute, but this sounds like it's able to captivate the readers attention immediately. Great review!

  2. Nice review. Glad that you enjoyed this one. It sounds super intriguing! :) Also, yay for strong characters!


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