The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby


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.

I am a huge Jessi Kirby fan. I discovered her a little over two years ago, and I have read all of her books. She is one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. So it hurts me to say that I wasn't super impressed with The Secret History of Us.

I'm not saying it's bad--it's good. I liked Olivia as a narrator, and Matt and Walker were great side characters. But, as a whole, it felt unoriginal and underdeveloped. First of all, the amnesia plot is overdone. There have been soooo many YA books that have been published and are still being published that have this plot, and there isn't really anything unique that can be brought to it--and that was the case with this book. Nothing new. Also, the book is short. Most of Jessi Kirby's books are short, but this one felt too short. The Walker side of the story wasn't developed enough and it wrapped up too quickly. He seemed like a really interesting character, but he's barely in it. I wanted more.

Overall, I liked this, but I didn't really like it. Also, and this is small, I love the cover but it doesn't match the book at all. It protrays the book as a dark mystery or something, when it's a contemporary romance. Anyway, I still love Jessi Kirby and I still can't wait to see what she does next.

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