Author: Gayle Forman
Published by: Viking Juvenile on Jan. 27, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Book Rating: 7.5/10
Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two Peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything – so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben Allister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open – until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.
I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.
This book deals with the very serious subject matter of teen suicide and the effects that it has on those left behind, such as parents, friends, acquaintances.
The book is narrated by “Cody”, the best friend, and the plot involves her struggle to grieve and to rid herself of guilt, while at the same time trying to uncover the “why” of it all.
The story is written in a very real way. There is no gloss or glamour. The characters are flawed and must endure other hardships than just the main plot.
All in all, although the story is about a dark issue, I think the author does well to show the importance of hope and self-forgiveness by the end of the story.
I think this is definitely worth a read, especially for all those young adults out there.