Title: I Was Here
Author: Gayle Forman
First Published: January 27th, 2015
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook
My Copy: Physical, paperback
My Rating: 8/10
Like all of Gayle Forman's books, this one definitely brings tears to my eyes as I read it. Cody's best friend Meg has chosen to end her life and Cody is left with all the pieces, trying to figure out why. From speaking to all her friends to combing through her emails, Cody figures out bit by bit what brought Meg onto this path.
This was a strong book dealing with depression and suicide. There was also the mystery behind Meg's correspondence, All_BS, and how he played a role in her death. I really liked reading about their conversations, and how Cody slipped into Meg's shoes to fish out All_BS. It was really sad to find out how much he had an effect on Meg, especially in her vulnerable state.
I felt really bad for Cody. She thought she was best friends with Meg, but it turns out that she didn't know anything about her at all. Her guilt fuels her need to figure out what happened.
There was something I didn't really understand nor particularly liked. Firstly, Cody started off hating Ben for what happened to Meg and how she thought he caused her to commit suicide. Then, they slowly became friends. How did that even happen? In the end, they were in a romantic relationship. Woah! Slow down! There was no chemistry, no nothing between the two. This book wasn't even meant to be about romance. Sometimes, I think that if it isn't necessary for a romantic relationship to appear, then it shouldn't.
But ignoring that fact, this was a good book that makes you think if you really know a person. Because even if you think you know them, they'll surprise you one day.
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