I Was Here by Gayle Forman REVIEW

I Was Here Book Cover I Was Here
Gayle Forman
Contemporary
Simon and Schuster

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 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.

Review by Chelsea

I Was Here follows a girl named Cody. Meg, Cody’s best friend, commits suicide. Cody is left alone and confused. So she travels to Megs dorm room and meets people, sees things and build suspicions. Cody had no idea meg was even unhappy let alone suicidal. So Cody devotes her days to finding out why Meg did not what she did. Meeting a bunch of interesting new friends along the way.
This, being my first book by Gayle Forman, absolutely blew me away! The writing was so captivating and addicting. I could not stop reading! I started this book late Wednsday night and it was finished by the end of Thursday. I loved it. It was short yet felt as though it was 600 pages. Gayle Formans writing made it feel as though it was way longer because she was able to compact such a great story into under 300 pages. Forman created not only a brilliant storyline, but complex characters which melted my heart.
Gayle Forman is known for her tear-jerkers. I Was Here is no exception. The brilliance of these characters melted my heart. They were formed so beautifully. All with their own unique quirks and traits. Cody was a fantastic lead character even though she annoyed me at parts. Then there is Ben. Ben. Ben Ben Ben. I love you Ben. He was a fantastic character who had me gripped from the page he was introduced. However, one of the great parts about this book is that it does not rely just of the 2 main characters but rather a whole range of characters. The side characters felt just as important as Cody or Ben. They had such an important role in this excellent story.
The way Gayle Forman describes suicide in this book is exceptional. I am not a huge fan of depressing books but this one was not like that. Yes, it was about suicide. Yes, it made me THINK. Yes, it dealt with difficult topics. But it was NOT like the others. It felt original and creative yet some aspects felt kind of.. typical.
Each and every setting this book encounters is explained in extraordinary detail. It brought the book to life because it was set in such an exact-to-detail world. Even though it was set in the modern contemporary world, it felt so great and was a very vivid aspect of the plot.
I recommend this book for fans of Gayle Forman’s other works and for people who LOVE contemporary. You will NOT regret it.

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