Book Discussion: I Was Here

I Was Here by Gayle Forman18879761


Cody and Meg were best friends throughout their childhood. They dreamed of leaving their small, boring town and moving to Seattle together. But once high school ends, Meg is able to leave for college, and Cody is stuck left behind. But one day, the unthinkable happens: Meg commits suicide, and Cody is left with the responsibility of gathering her personal items. Cody is determined to figure out how and why Meg died.

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heartRomance Score: You’re Trying 

Because of the relationship between the three main characters, one of whom is a dead best friend, I really couldn’t get into this romance. I just think it goes against friend-code, but I don’t want to give away too many details.

RosieFeminist Score: Good Effort 

Cody’s a strong, interesting character who wants to figure out why (and how) her best friend killed herself. I liked her determination to find answers, even in hard places.

diversity people circle iconDiversity Score: Good Effort 

One thing I really, really liked about this story was that Meg and Cody were not wealthy. Everything was a struggle for them – from paying off a laptop to getting a bus ticket to the new town. I appreciated that level of diversity – and think it’s one that is often skipped.

wow icon Awesome Factor: You’re Trying and Good Effort

This book tackles a hard topic with grace. You rarely get the perspective of a suicide from a friend’s point of view, and the devastation that it causes on a family and friends. On the other hand, there were definitely some relationships that I couldn’t condone, and that lowered my overall score.

Favorite Character

Scottie (Meg’s little brother). I liked the perspective of a younger child effected by his sister’s death.

Favorite Line

“Amazing Grace. How Vile the Sound.”

I’ve always thought that music at funerals, especially if you’ve been to a lot of them, must be really sickening. This line captured that thought perfectly.

Is this worth a book hangover?

Honestly? I think it would be for some people, but I just couldn’t get very into it. I love one of Gayle Forman’s other books, If I Stay, mostly because of the main character. I would recommend that book as “hangover worthy”, but not I Was Here .

Fun Author Fact

According to her website, Gayle Forman bombed the SATs, but is still a world-famous author (with a movie adaption!)

Read This Next

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. This book also tackles suicide (and the influence of anonymous online forums), with an interesting romance and suicide pact. I also recommend The Pact by Jodi Picoult, though it’s not a YA book.

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AnishaAnisha adores YA romance – and thinks that all love stories should start on the beach and end with the first kiss. Jess is helping her expand her horizons with more diverse, interesting books from newer authors

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