Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

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 McAllister, 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.

MrsNorthman's Review
I think Gayle Forman is an amazing writer. The stories she creates are always emotional, all consuming and so well written. You can feel everything right along with her characters.

This book is what you would expect it to be - tragic and heartbreaking. Suicide isn't an easy thing to read or think about. I imagine it would be devastating for anyone to lose someone that way. The story centers around Cody and her quest to find out why her best friend Meg committed suicide. She had no idea what her best friend was going through. 

With the help of Meg's other friends, a guy she shared a mistaken night with and files found on her computer, Cody is able to piece together what went wrong. Along the way she finds acceptance, forgiveness and something that she didn't expect. I don't want to give anything away, but I LOVED the last chapter. It was a great ending for such a sad situation. I highly recommend anything by this author.

4.5/5 Fangs

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