BOOK REVIEW: The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby

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.

From the beginning until the end of this book, I WAS SO FREAKING CURIOUS!!! It got a hold on me, seriously!

In this 250+ pages of a book, I felt:

  • CURIOUS about what really happened
  • SAD for what happened to Olivia
  • EXCITED to know what really happened
  • MAD when I knew what really happened
  • GLAD on how the story ended


  • We can never have too many stories about PTSD
  • We need to raise more awareness about PTSD
  • It’s so light and easy to read
  • It’s just like reading your best friend’s diary
  • It is a satisfying story


  • It’s a bit slow-paced for me, but it’s just 25% slow, so that’s still bearable for me!

*A review copy has been sent to me by Harper Collins International but it does not affect my opinion in any way, okay? Okay.*


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8 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby

  1. Oh this sounds like a lovely book! I should really up my reading game. I can’t remember when the last time was that I read actual book instead of school books or baby books haha!


  2. Sounds like such an interesting book – it’s not often I read book reviews and get really drawn in as I love the excitement of a book I know nothing about BUT I loved this!!!
    Thanks for sharing xo


  3. Kayleigh Zara says:

    This book sounds like one that I would absolutely love! I love memory loss books and it’s great they’ve brought light to PTSD x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿


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