I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Published January 27th 2015 by Viking Juvenile
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. (goodreads)
I loved this book. I flew through it. I think I just related so much to Meg that the difference between us encouraged me. I loved the characters. I love Cody. I so appreciated her heart. Even while morning & feeling abandoned she still tried to figure it all out. I like several of the other character including the mysterious Ben.
Suicide is such a touchy topic but I felt that Gayle Forman handled the topic in a way that was respectful and thought provoking. It is very different from her other books in my opinion but it's a wonderful read all on its own. The title alone is beautiful. I WAS HERE!
I highly recommend you check it out. Here's a link to the book on amazon!
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