Wednesday, June 13

Review: I Was Here

I Was Here
Gayle Forman

Published By: Simon and Schuster UK
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Date Read: May 10, 2018
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288

From Goodreads:
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.

"It’s an act of bravery to feel your feelings."

I Was Here has been sat on my bookshelf for so, so long as have Gayle Forman's other books. I am so ashamed to say that I Was Here was the first Gayle Forman book that I have read. I don't really know why I waited so long as I really enjoyed this book. What an incredibly beautiful, uplifting and emotional novel.

I Was Here follows the story of Cody. Cody's best friend Meg, the one with the perfect life who is outgoing and popular, kills herself and suddenly Cody is thrown into this new world of Meg's life and she is stuck with the guilt of not having seen the problems her best friend is going through. Cody finds herself with new friends and finding out about a life that she never knew Meg had. What could have driven her to suicide?

I have read a few books regarding the incredible sensitive issue of suicide before and honestly hated them. For me, they need to be realistic and handled in a sensitive manner and others I have read just haven't managed to do that. Due to this I was quite nervous coming into this book, but I needn't have worried. Gayle Forman handles the incredible sensitive issue of suicide wonderfully. It was such a real depiction of depression and suicide and I loved that instead of it focussing on a depressed character wanting to commit suicide it took place after the suicide and focused more on the effects that it has on the people left behind. I Was Here is definitely a story full of grief, the guilt the people left behind has and ultimately them healing.

I Was Here is wrote beutifully. It is such an emotive story and I really enjoyed every moment of it. I am so glad I finally picked this book up as it's such a beautiful, moving tale. I will definitely be looking out for Gayle's other books and picking them up. If you haven't read this book and tend to enjoy stories that are real, raw and emotional then this is the book for you. I highly recommend this incredible novel.

"Forgivenesss: It's a miracle drug. It's God's miracle drug."

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