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, and some secrets of his own. 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We’re drawn to young-adult author Gayle Forman (If I Stay) because there’s something so honest about her portrayals of teenage life. When 19-year-old Cody loses her best friend, Meg, she’s left grappling with vexing unknowns, crippling guilt, anger and heartbreak. What could have driven a vibrant, smart, loving young woman to take her own life? I Was Here is a book about depression and suicide, but it’s also a wholly relatable story about forgiveness, resilience and the gift of friendship.
As she did in If I Stay, Forman offers an introspective examination of the line between life and death, and the courage it takes to persist. College freshman Meg's suicide shocks no one more than her best friend Cody. To make Meg's death even more unsettling, the last six months of her emails are missing from her computer. Certain that an outsider a correspondent of Meg's pushed her to take her own life, Cody embarks on a quest to identify the culprit. Her journey proves both enlightening and dangerous as she traces the steps Meg took during her last weeks of life. As the pieces of a disturbing puzzle start to fit together, Cody takes an enormous risk to come to terms with Meg's final decision and her own guilt. Beyond exploring Cody's grief, this psychologically incisive book delves into her complex relationships with Tricia, her single mother; Meg's more conventional family; and, most profoundly, the boy who stole and wounded Meg's heart shortly before her death. Ages 14 up.
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I love the book if I stay and I got a sneak peek of I was here it is amazing
The world is lucky to have this book in it..
“i was here.” is a truly captivating novel..
It helped me to understand much more about how important your friends are.
This novel truly made me cry, laugh, smile etc.
Thank you Gayle Forman. ❤️
I'm very picky with my books, and I was a little iffy about this one but I read it in a day because I literally couldn't put it down. Another great book by this terrific author.