ARC Review: The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby

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Gorgeously written and emotionally charged, The Secret History of Us explores the difficult journey of a teenage girl who must piece her life together after losing her memory in a near-fatal accident.

When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a car accident that almost took her life, she can’t remember the details about how she got there. She figures the fog is just a symptom of being in a week-long coma, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last several days of her life—she’s lost her memory of the last four years. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.

As Liv tries to block out what her family and friends say about who she used to be, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance—and the only person Olivia inexplicably feels herself with. 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 remember living.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Olivia wakes up in the hospital.  She has been asleep for eight days following an accident when her car went over the bridge.  No one will tell her what happened wanting to protect her.  The problem is she needs to know.  She can’t remember the last four years of her life.
She just graduated high school but can’t remember a day of it.  She doesn’t know Matt, her boyfriend of two years.  She doesn’t know why she is no longer best friends with Jules.  She is completely lost.
Once out of the hospital she goes in search of herself trying to get back her life.  What she finds surprises her.  She was keeping secrets and she may never know the truth of who she really is.
This story was an awesome read.  Liv almost dies then wakes up not remembering the last four years.  The author did a great job of showing the reader the void she feels and the struggles she has trying to be who she was.  You can see how she tries but questions everything.  She is frustrated and you feel that as you read.

As I read this I kept asking myself if I would react this way.  I can’t even fathom the situation the author presented to the reader.  It makes you stop and think what would happen.  It was a great read.  It was also a bit dark and sad yet realistic.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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