Book Review- I Was Here


I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Published by Penguin on January 7, 2015 Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 266
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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 was an amazing book, but very different from the other Gayle Forman books I read (or rather, listened to on audio tape). But maybe (just maybe) that is what makes her such an amazing writer. Her books are unique and enthralling, giving the reader something to remember each time the story has concluded.

I finished I Was Here in two days. As I got further and further into the pages, it became harder and harder to put the book down. Every scene had a purpose in driving the plot forwards, giving me (as the reader) a reason to cling on to every perfectly chosen word.

Another thing I love about the book is how seamlessly Gayle Forman was able to blend the tenses. The backstory was given exactly when it was needed; without the fumbling words of a less experienced writer.

The last thing I want to say about the book is how raw the emotions are. It’s so easy to believe the characters are real because of how real they seem. Cody is brought to life by her emotions; the loss of her best friend, Meg, and how she found herself (for possibly the first time) because of it.

Everything down to the title was crafted with perfection. I have no choice but to give I Was Here five out of five hearts.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I’ll admit, it took me a while to get through the first few chapters, but once the book has you in its grip, there is only one way out: finishing the book of course!

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