I Was Here by Gayle FormanCody 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.
I WAS HERE BY GAYLE FORMAN
Review: I Was Here by Gayle Forman
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Gayle Forman broke out as one of the masters of young adult literature with 's If I Stay , a heartbreaking, but inspiring story that had a whole lot to say about the strength of the human spirit. That same theme echoes throughout her latest novel, I Was Here , which, like much of her work, takes tragedy, guilt, friendship, inspiration, heartache, and bravery and mixes them all up in a blender of feelings that will have you unsure if you should fist pump or rain tears all over your copy of the book. Though probably both. Except in I Was Here , that death has already occurred, and it instead tells the story of how one teenager's suicide has a ripple effect through everyone connected to her. Meg was fun, outgoing, and had a spirit that could not be tamed.
Thank you! That is, they were close until talented Meg escaped their dead-end town to attend college on a fellowship while Cody stayed behind. And why does Meg have an encrypted file on her computer? She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington.