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I Was Here

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I Was Here

Author Gayle Forman writes I WAS HERE with a grounded narrative tone that draws readers into the story, keeping them hooked page after page.When Cody’s best friend Meg commits suicide, Cody is naturally reeling with immense heartbreak and guilt. However, when she travels to collect Meg’s things at her college, she discovers two things: an encrypted file on Meg’s computer and Ben McCallister, the boy who broke Meg’s heart. Suddenly, all that Cody believes about Meg’s death is shaken up. Although she sets down the path to find the truth about Meg, I WAS HERE is actually a devastatingly moving journey of self-discovery.

The characters are never pigeon-holed into stereotypes --- Forman develops them so well that they make I WAS HERE stand out from its peers in the young adult genre.

The characters are never pigeon-holed into stereotypes --- Forman develops them so well that they make I WAS HERE stand out from its peers in the young adult genre. I love the relationship Cody has with every character in the book, from her distant mother to Meg’s little brother. The themes are rich and poignant, dealing with death, guilt, friendship and love. I WAS HERE draws beautiful moments and memories weaved with philosophical musings of life, and it will certainly supply readers with food for thought.

Reviewed by Cassandra H., Teen Board Member on January 28, 2015

I Was Here
by Gayle Forman