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I Was Here
by Gayle Forman


Overview - From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay comes "a heartbreaking novel about coping with loss" ( People ).

When her best friend, Meg, commits suicide by drinking a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated.  Read more...


 
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Overview
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay comes "a heartbreaking novel about coping with loss" (People).

When her best friend, Meg, commits suicide by drinking a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything--so how did she miss the signs of Meg's depression? 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, and some secrets of his own. 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 a pitch-perfect blend of mystery, tragedy, and romance. Gayle Forman has given us an unflinchingly honest portrait of the bravery that it takes to live after devastating loss."
--Stephen Chbosky, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780451471475
  • ISBN-10: 0451471474
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: January 2015
  • Page Count: 288
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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BookPage Reviews

A friendship's untimely end

Gayle Forman, whose previous books include If I Stay and Just One Day, specializes not only in three-word titles but also in novels that combine emotional intensity with moral complexity. I Was Here opens with a gut-wrenching wallop as Cody relates the suicide email she received from her best friend, Meg.

Meg always admired Cody’s strength, and Cody admired Meg’s fearlessness and originality. But the girls have grown apart since high school graduation. Meg escaped to college in the big city, and Cody’s still living with her mom, cleaning houses for a living and quietly flunking out of community college. Their emails grow increasingly sporadic until they stop altogether—that is, until that final email marking the end of Meg’s life and the beginning of agonizing questions about why this vivacious young woman would choose to die. Tasked by Meg’s parents with the unenviable job of cleaning out their daughter’s apartment, Cody encounters computer files that hint at a bigger, darker story surrounding Meg’s suicide.

Thrilling and introspective, I Was Here will prompt readers to reflect profoundly on their own friendships.

 

This article was originally published in the February 2015 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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