TITLE: I Was Here
AUTHOR: Gayle Forman
GENRES: Contemporary, Young Adult
LENGTH: 8 hours
PUBLISHED: January 27th 2015
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
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.
WHAT I THINK
Sometimes we meet people and are so symbiotic with them, it’s as if we are one person, with one mind, one destiny.
Trigger warnings Suicide, mental illness
I Was Here is a story about suicide and mental illness, depression. Cody is the main character, the heroine. She wants to have closure to her best friend, Meg’s, suicide. Why did she do it? Did she do it all on her own or because someone made her do it?
At first I really enjoyed the storyline. It was like a mystery novel. I got wrapped up to the whole investigation Cody was doing on her own. Maybe Meg didn’t kill herself and there’s more to it than meets the eye! Well there definitely was more to it and I got so hooked up that I honestly didn’t see all the reason behind it all.
But roughly around the halfway, it started to turn into a romance book. Which was completely unnecessary for the story, in my opinion. At first we were in the middle of uncovering the person behind all this and then suddenly we were in the middle of some relationship drama. It all became so frustrating that I just wanted to reel forward as much as was needed to get over with it all.
As for the characters, I really liked Meg’s roommates. They felt so real and cute, all of them. But I didn’t connect with Cody at all. She was just too much in so many levels. Yes, she lost her best friend in a horrible way but to me she was a little too childish about everything.
All in all the storyline was good and interesting at the start of the book, then fell into the ground and was all meh and the ending was good. Well apart from the romance. Without all the romance and relationship drama’s, I think this book would have been so much better.