I am usually not a gigantic fan of contemporary novels but The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby sounded too good to pass up. This sweet, and sometimes frustrating, story about a girl who wakes up after a car accident with amnesia is definitely a book that I will be recommending to people for some time.
This book was released on 1st August 2017.
This review may contain mild spoilers for this book (What I consider spoilers might not be what you consider spoilers but I thought that I’d put it out there just in case). READERS YE BE WARNED!
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.
Ever since the first time I heard about this book I was intrigued (which for me is practically unheard of when it comes to contemporary novels). When I got it in the mail I actually thought that I wouldn’t get to read it for ages because university work was taking over my life. Lucky me, I needed a way to take my mind off of school work and needed an easy book to read and this beauty fit the bill. The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby is an awesome book that is both sweet and frustrating and I absolutely loved every second of it.
As I said before I don’t really tend to like contemporary books. This one however, intrigued me simply because I had never read a book that had this type of plot. Car crash, a coma, and not remembering four years of your life is definitely different for me. I liked, and this is going to sound quite strange because I normally don’t like it, that the narrator, Liv, was mostly unreliable due to her memory loss and people not telling her what was really going on didn’t help any. It was pretty cool that you got to find out what was going on and discover who Liv is as she does herself.
The thing I don’t like about contemporary novels is that you generally can see the ending coming a mile away. With this book I definitely saw the ending coming but in this instance I really hoped that I was right and that the ending would be as predictable as I hoped.
This particular contemporary novel was kind of mysterious as Liv worked out what was going on but she definitely wasn’t having an easy time with it. People were refusing to answer her questions at every turn and her past, pre-amnesia self had kept secrets from her friends and family so she could only really get so far. If I were this girl I would be WAYYY cranky at people for stonewalling me and treating me like a china doll. Instead, she was pretty calm about the whole thing.
Speaking of her family, I got kind of frustrated that the only one who knew to leave her be and let her find herself again was her older brother. Everyone else she knew was constantly trying to turn her back into the person that they knew before the accident when that person didn’t really exist anymore. Matt, her boyfriend, was one of such people and to be completely honest I didn’t particularly like him from the beginning. He didn’t let Liv be Liv as she was in the moment and, along with her best friend, kept trying to turn her back into the person she was before the crash.
A highlight of this book for me was Walker, the boy who pulled her out of the water an gave her CPR. He isn’t even in most of the book but I still rooted for him and her to be friends/get together from the start. He is one of those silent and gruff types but was friendly with Liv… Kind of.
This was a super easy read. Really! I managed to read it in less than a day (I actually read two books that day so… shrug). It’s short and sweet, and probably what people would call a “summer” read. None of the weird and complicated language that you might find in a high fantasy book to be found.
The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby was a super sweet and cute read, perfect for when you want something easy to read. With just enough mystery to keep a non-contemporary reader interested, this book is one that I would recommend to anyone (especially if you are looking for a book to break into the contemporary genre).