I WAS HERE
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.
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