March 8, 2015

Review: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Title: I Was Here
Author: Gayle Forman
Genre: Contemporary, Mental Illness
Source: Purchased
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, who broke Meg’s heart. 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
I enjoyed I Was Here. The characters and plot intrigued me, but I didn’t exactly feel anything. I don’t mean that as a bad thing, it was still a good book, it just didn’t invoke many emotions. 

Ben McAllister. Ben was my favorite character. He was so charming and I loved his interactions with Cody. Although he's made out to be a player, the more we get to know him the sweeter he seems.

Cody. I liked Cody, but Cody becomes obsessed with tracking down someone Meg, her best friend who committed suicide, was talking to on a suicide support group website. I was extremely worried for her safety, and it seemed like her journey was going to end badly.

Cody and Trisha. Trisha is Cody's mom. She's a single parent and Cody was pretty much an accident. It seems like Trisha still doesn't want Cody, but their relationship really progresses throughout the novel. I loved seeing them come closer together.

Plot Twist. The plot twist wasn't that much of a twist for me, as I predicted it pretty early on in the novel.

The authors note at the end of the book is a nice add-on, which I recommend going back and reading if you skimmed over it.

I Was Here was a good book, but I would rate it as my least favorite Gayle Forman book so far.

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