BOOK REVIEW: I Was Here

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RATING: ★★★☆☆

Author: Gale Forman

Pages: 288 pages

Published: January 27, 2015

From the bestselling author of If I Stay, Gayle Forman’s new book continues to tackle difficult issues. Forcing characters to question themselves when their world around them is shaken.

Cody and Meg were best friends, until they weren’t anymore, not since Meg killed herself in a motel room with industrial cleaner. The novel takes place 5 months after the accident with Cody going up to Meg’s college to clean out her stuff and discovers some clues that may answer some questions around her death. While trying to gather up the remnants of what Meg left behind, Cody unintentionally becomes apart of Meg’s life she knew nothing about. Befriending her friends and roommates and even having an attachment to Ben, the boy who broke her heart.

The novel handles the subject of suicide but also about forgiveness, the message that the author ultimately tries to get across in the book. Forces the readers to ask themselves, how well do you really know someone? How hard is it to pick up the pieces after the person that means the most to you leaves without any warning or explanation?

Some difficulties I found this book to have is it should have focused more on the relationships Cody has with Meg, or her mother, or her absent father. Instead there was a relationship between Cody and Ben, which I felt to be unnecessary and took away from the central storyline. The novel does do a great job of shining a spotlight on mental illness and the social stigma around it.

FAVOURITE QUOTE : “You had a pile of rocks, and you cleaned them up pretty and made a necklace. Meg got jewels, and she hung herself with them.”

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