thHere’s my review for I WAS HERE by Gayle Forman!

Author Gayle Forman writes I Was Here with a grounded narrative tone that draws readers into the story, keeping them hooked page after page. When Cody’s best friend Meg commits suicide, Cody is naturally reeling with immense heartbreak and guilt. However, when she travels to collect Meg’s things at her college, she discovers two things: an encrypted file on Meg’s computer and Ben McCallister, the boy who broke Meg’s heart. Suddenly, all that Cody believes about Meg’s death is shaken up. Although she sets down the path to find the truth about Meg, I Was Here is actually a devastatingly moving journey of self-discovery.

The characters are never pigeon-holed into a stereotype—Forman develops them so well that the characters themselves set aside Forman’s book from its peers in the Young Adult genre. I love the relationship Meg has with every character in the book, from her distant mother to Meg’s little brother. The themes are rich and poignant, dealing with death, guilt, friendship, and love. I Was Here draws such beautiful moments and memories weaved with philosophical musings of life that will certainly supply readers food for thought.

First Published @ Teenreads.com


About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation . https://twitter.com/Cassandra_Hsiao

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