Review: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Posted April 29, 2015 in review / 1 Comment

Review: I Was Here by Gayle FormanI Was Here by Gayle Forman
Published by Penguin on January 27th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Source: Purchased
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Cody and Meg were inseparable...Until they weren’t.

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 received this book as a birthday gift for le boyfriend, and the moment I got it, I stared and said, “This book will make me cry.” And it did. Look, IT DID.

But let’s talk about the book. I Was Here is a book about suicides and leaving people behind. Cody and Meg have been best friends since forever. The type of best friends who are always together, with no secrets between them. But out of nowhere, Meg swallowed poison and killed herself. Cody was, well, devastated. I mean, where were the signs? What happened? It killed me, seeing the way it killed Cody how she could not have known that her best friend was suicidal. But when Cody was asked to go to Meg’s dorm to collect her stuffs, Cody realised that there was a whole lot that her best friend did not tell her about. I think what made this book sad and awesome at the same time were the raw emotions that spilled out of every page of this book. It made me want to reach inside and give Cody a huge hug, because she needed it. What would happen if you realise that your best friend kept her suicidal tendencies from you? I have a best friend, and even though we don’t really share secrets that much, I would still be shattered if she left this world without me knowing. This book has the right about of romance in it too, actually. I was actually quite skeptical about the romance, because come on, her best friend just died. But then, I realised that NO, the romance fit in quietly into the book. Both people are traumatised by the event and I think that it’s good that Gayle Forman showed a part where sometimes life just keeps moving forward, even when people die. And that was what happened. So, THERE. I love this book, and I will probably reread it again someday, because that’s what you do when an amazing book affected your life.
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One Response to “Review: I Was Here by Gayle Forman”

  1. To be honest I would feel skeptical about the romance, too, because it just feels tactless when we're in the midst of grief and somebody special died… it's not that easy to just… do that. But hey, I have never read this so mayhaps Forman truly did make it fitting. I guess the only way to know is to read it! 🙂

    Faye at The Social Potato

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