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It's the strength of the last book that had me pick up your latest; I Was Here sounded more reminiscent of your earlier works. And my hunch. The newest heartwrenchingly powerful novel from the bestelling author of IF I STAY. When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength. The newest heartwrenchingly powerful novel from the bestelling author of IF I STAY. When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone.
She feels that it is partially her fault that her friend is gone. She begins her search for answers and ends up finding an encrypted file on Meg's computer. With some help she gets it open and finds out that Meg has been participating with one of those awful sites that assist people with suicide.
It's hard to imagine that May contain spoilery! It's hard to imagine that something that vile actually exists. This book packs a powerful punch and Forman seems to do very well with her characters being very realistic.
The thing I didn't care for in this book was the romancey stuff. Ben had "fucked" Meg.. That's just not in my code. I don't believe in messing with someone that one of your girls has been involved with. Even if she is gone. Wrong, wrong, wrong. And it bugged me enough to distract me from the book. Jan 19, Mandy rated it it was amazing.
Oh this book, all the feels Seriously how did I not find this book earlier? I have a book hangover. This novel surrounded my heart like a cloak. How will I go on?! Oh this book Cody's best friend, Meg commits suicide in the worse way possible and Cody goes on a mission to find how how and why and ends up discovering herself in the midst of it.
The characters are amazing and lovable and written so well. I love Ben McCallister. Oh my gosh I want him as my boyfriend. He is rough but with this tenderness to him that is so attractive. I love boys like that. If I could give this book 10 stars I would. One of my top 3 favorites This book is written into me like Dark Places was. I just connected with it. Oh my gosh. This book! I also read it will be a movie soon, so happy dance!!!!!!!!
Read it! View all 37 comments. Nov 07, Whitney Atkinson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Gayle's books are just phenomenal to real because they're so real.
The emotions are so raw, the characters are so fleshed out. This book reads like a murder mystery and I was captivated by page 30 and read it in a day. This book is so real and bittersweet, showing the aftermath of a suicide and not sugar-coating anything. Gayle's voice in writing gets stronger and stronger with each book and this one definitely had me thinking. I took off half a star because I thought the end w 4. I took off half a star because I thought the end was a slight bit anti-climactic and there was a bit of an unnecessary side romance, but the message of the book was so poignant that I'll be recommending this book for a long time.
View all 4 comments. Jul 12, Kassidy rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 06, Rachel Reads Ravenously rated it it was amazing Shelves: Cody is astonished when she discovers her friend Meg has committed suicide. I think the thing I loved most about this book was how it is set in the first year after high school. But the important thing is to embrace the change and either accept our path or change it ourselves.
Cody was an intelligent young woman, but if everyone who was intelligent was able to go to college we would all be living in a different world. My first year of college was tough, really tough for me. I went to a school 7 hours away from home and only one other kid from my high school went there and he dropped out. I had an easy start making friends, but I soon learned that not everyone is as nice or actually cares about you as much as you think they do. My friends from home had their own things they were dealing with at home or at their own colleges and it became hard to stay connected with them.
So, in a small way I can relate to Meg, in that I felt incredibly lonely in a place where I was surrounded by people all the time. Basically, I really connected with this book and loved it. I realize this book might not be for everyone, but as I always say about books, you never know until you try.
It gets better, it did for me, it will for you. No matter how you feel, there are people who care about you, whether you know it or not, whether you believe it or not.
View all 72 comments. Jan 28, Laura rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Please read as well the Author's Note. To say I was excited about reading this book isn't exactly wrong at all, Gayle Forman is an amazing storyteller but also I was pretty nervous. I Was Here is about a topic I've found myself thinking, not now but way back and so I felt this book was going to be totally great or a disaster.
For me there wasn't an in-between. I Was Here is about Cody, a young girl who is facing her best friend's suicide, they were Warning: I Was Here is about Cody, a young girl who is facing her best friend's suicide, they were apart for a while then. Meg was attending to college in Tacoma and Cody stayed back in town. Cody comes from a very "dysfunctional" home, her mom, Tricia, isn't really the mother of the year and from a very young age Cody found in Meg's house a second home.
Meg's suicide left everyone speechless, since the girl was a wildfire. You know those people who are beautiful, funny, kind, lucky and caring? Those people who atract other people just by being themselves? Well, she was like that, so her drinking poison in a motel and leaving everyone good-bye emails wasn't something easy to swallow.
Meg's parents, Joe and Sue, asked Cody to go to Tacoma and retrieve her stuff from her dorm but when she did so she met Meg's roomates and the guy Meg got a crush on which wasn't pleasant whatsoever but soon she found out weird files on Meg's computers. Did Meg kill herself with someone's else help? Was she protecting someone? Did someone actually force her to do it?
Cody has to find out what really happened to her friend while dealing with the fact she's no longer there, wasn't for a while, but also she has to deal with her own rage, sadness and fear. I want to talk about how well written it was, first. Gayle has this style, you feel like you're reading your own life. She gets you IN the book so I really had to step away from it a couple of time because I kind of got myself a little too involved-that's something I really admire.
At the beginning I had a hard time with Cody. She was angry all the time, which I understood, but she was also rude, which I didn't. Like, just plain rude. I knew once I got to know her story better I'd forget about it, which sort of happened, but damn it was hard. Er, I feel so weird writing this because the main reason I didn't like Cody first was because I could see myself in her.
She responded the same way I did and I still do, so there's that. But back to the book I enjoyed not so much from it. Don't get me wrong, I think it was a terrific book, a well handled story with great character's developments but I just felt it so personal it's odd to write about it. I understood Cody's slipping away from Meg's life, things like that happen.
I've been there. The idea of sharing so much with a person that they became a part of you like that is scary, at least for me. And often life leads you to differents ways, even if you don't move from where you are. I have to say I didn't mind the romance here, partly because it wasn't cheese and you didn't really see it until it was right there and even though I think that just because some people came from the same place and overcame heavy stuff doesn't mean they're perfect for each other, I do believe Ben and Cody make it work.
Now, I want to say something about the main topic here: I liked that Meg was suffering from depression, I liked that almost no one knew about it, I liked that she seemed to be just fine because that's exactly how it is.
You don't wear a sign on your forehead that says "I'm depressed", you may seem the happiest person on the planet but being all darkness inside and it's something that affects everyone in the way out society handles it. What I want to say is that everyone has different opinions on life and death, and whether it's ours to take it or continue on it but at the end of the day you don't know what could have happened if you stayed. Maybe nothing would happen but maybe everything would.
I get that is the same thing with death but at least you see it coming. Once you take that step, once I take that step, there's not coming back.
This isn't really a review but a concerned opinion, and again: Maybe it's not you, maybe it will never be you but knowing what to do could help someone someday. May 22, Maureen rated it really liked it. I listened to the audiobook which I think added to my experience a lot.
Overall, I thought this book was pretty good. I liked the main character alright and her journey was really interesting, as well as the minor characters. I also think this is a really important book for its focus on suicide and it's effect. View all 3 comments. Feb 09, Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it really liked it Shelves: I like what the story is trying to achieve and I appreciate the plot devices the autho 3. I like what the story is trying to achieve and I appreciate the plot devices the author used to achieve her purpose.
I like how the story is trying to educate readers and at the same time, helping them realize that like any illness, depression can be cured and not encouraged or celebrated by suicide support groups online. Quoting the author: Gayle Forman truly has a way with words.
Her writing is lyrical and at the same time very genuinely true. I also appreciate her notes in the end. But other than, I think this book deserves to be read. View all 15 comments. Thank God that is over. I could have finished this in a few hours but instead it took me 3 days. I'm getting worked up just thinking about how frustrating this book was.
This is more like a rant rather than a review Things I did not like about this book: She was so immature and childish.
She constantly slut-shamed everyone. She thought she was amazing just because she was a virgin she wasn't. She was irritating and self-centered. Ben started off as a promising character. He Thank God that is over. His character just wasn't consistent. Their relationship was definitely the most annoying thing about this book. Gayle Forman was trying to write an "opposites attract" kind of romance and it just did not work. They were so incompatible. Their exchanges made me want to burn this book and throw it down a well.
The plot sounds intriguing but the story was not interesting whatsoever. This book was boring and flat. The "love story" should have taken the backseat in this novel. What happened to the mother who couldn't give a toss about her daughter? What happened to the woman who considered Cody to be the biggest mistake of her life? That seriously annoyed me. Also when Ben showed up and told her he loved her, sweet baby Jesus that made me so angry.
It was just okay. Some of the descriptions of Ben made me want to puke everywhere and a lot of it made me roll my eyes too but I wouldn't call the writing bad per say. It certainly wasn't gripping or interesting and there was a lot of pointless waffle just to fill pages.
And that is about it for my rant. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. Nov 16, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: View 2 comments. Meg era divertida e extrovertida.
Contudo, no que toca aos que caem fora desse universo, i. Heartbreaking, delicate and determined, I Was Here will stand out in my mind when I think back on what I've read this year. Gayle Forman's writing style is something I can only aspire to. Jun 10, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: Meg and Cody have been best friends forever, until Meg kills herself in a hotel room and leaves the maid a sizable tip. For the past few months, Cody has kept her distance from Meg, separated by all the miles between their dead-end town in Washington and Meg's prestigious college.
But when Cody gets the news from Meg's automated email and goes to pack up Meg's remaining belongings, she finds that her best friend has kept secrets from her she never would have expected.
Cody embarks on a mission t Meg and Cody have been best friends forever, until Meg kills herself in a hotel room and leaves the maid a sizable tip. Cody embarks on a mission to solve the mystery behind Meg's suicide and to put together the pieces of the life she herself once knew.
As I have said many times before, Gayle Forman has such a water-like quality to her writing: In I Was Here , she tackles the difficult topic of suicide in a smart way, through Cody, our protagonist with a purpose. Forman imbues Cody's narrative with the perfect blend of resilience and introspection. We see her strive to decode all of the ambiguity surrounding Meg's death, but we also see her at her most vulnerable, struggling with her own relationships and the best friend she never thought she would lose.
Forman treats suicide in an appropriate and sensitive way, honoring the painfulness that comes with it and ending her novel with a note of hope. Though Cody and Ben's relationship rung a little hollow to me, Forman's clear prose and her ability to capture voice made I was Here a refreshing, bittersweet, and meaningful read. View all 7 comments. Aug 22, Aly Locatelli rated it really liked it Shelves: I tried to write a eulogy for that service.
I pulled out the disc Meg had burned of firefly songs for inspiration. The third one up was the Bishop Allen track "Fireflies. It says you can still forgive her. And she will forgive you back.
Suicide is a sensitive, difficult subject to write about and only a handful of authors can pull it off successfully. Gayle Forman took suicide and showed just how badly the aftermath affects those close to the victim, and how a victim isn't always in control. Meg and Cody's friendship was strong and indestructible, and being left behind is something Cody struggles to cope with.
Not only that, but the fact that her best friend had never let on how bad things had gotten for her forces Cody's hunt for answers. What really happened to her best friend?
I felt calm, peaceful, and full of love. And in that moment, I was reminded just why God wants us to forgive. Christ forgave us. He forgave our sins. That was his gift. But by allowing us to forgive each other, he opened us up to that divine love. The article had it right Before anything else, I think t I felt calm, peaceful, and full of love. Before anything else, I think this is the very first time that I ever cried over the Author's Note, instead of the actual story itself.
I mean don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved the book, but there was something about the raw honesty with the story that Gayle shared on the Author's Note that made me bawl. The story Gayle shared on her note was mainly why I Was Here was born. Yeah sorry, but that was an absolute tears fest. There are so many ways to live, to define what living means for you and you alone.
We are so narrow in our thinking, and once you understand that, once you decide to not abide by these artificial constraints, anything is possible and you are so liberated. Where do I even begin with this book? To say that I was in a daze after reading this is putting it a bit mildly. It tackled the sensitive topic of suicide, and although I'm not a stranger to that concept, it still somehow felt foreign reading a story that centerd around it.
It seemed like such a delicate topic to touch, even the book felt fragile when I was holding it with my hands. I sound like I'm overreacting, but it was actually how it felt. I also appreciated how different types of love were depicted in this book.
Love among family, love among friends, and love between lovers. I liked how it wasn't only limited to romantic love, but of course, Cody and Ben's connection sparked my whole body. Surprisingly, it wasn't my favorite part about the book, but it did do a good number of tingles all throughout my read. But then I saw you I guess the main reason why this book appealed so much to me is because it didn't romanticize suicide, instead, I think it was very brutal but captivating in its honesty about the feeling of loss and grief regarding the said concept.
Simply put, this book, though I wouldn't go past to saying it was perfect, was solely entrancing. Kudos to Gayle Forman! She somehow manages to take a bunch of fairly unremarkable, usual characters and give them what starts out as an ordinary story, but with one unique twist, turns them into extraordinary books.
I am guaranteed to need tissues and want a hug after finishing a book by her, but I always feel I am a better person for having read the story she 2 - "If that's what happens to normal, what hope is there for the rest of us?
I am guaranteed to need tissues and want a hug after finishing a book by her, but I always feel I am a better person for having read the story she has given me.
You get all of the above with I Was Here with the exception of needing tissues and wanting a hug. I am not sure what went wrong but for me there was no emotion from me or the characters, I felt no empathy or sympathy for what any of them were experiencing, and I could find no real solid reasoning for half of the things Cody did, thought or said.
I would go as far as to say disliked her, her mother, their attitudes and just them in general intensely. I felt absolutely nothing, I kept reading as I was sure that at some point something would happen to give me that lump in my throat, bring on that lip wobble or just a slight tear to the eye. I have absolutely no doubt that I am probably in the minority with my feelings about this book, Gayle is, and will always be an author I am happy to read a book by.
That is definitely the camp I am in on this occasion. View all 14 comments. Mar 19, Emerald Sue rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 15, Kelli rated it liked it Shelves: Can I just speak to the Author's note? It defies description. It was careful, gentle, thoughtful, respectful.
It was long, meaningful, different, relatable. It cited many examples, it offered numerous resources. It screamed: This story was decent.
The evolution or uncovering of the main character's relationship with her mother was very well-done. All of these components might have worked well in another story. Here, they just feel disrespectful. Everything she does that should be about better understanding Meg is only used to make Cody grow. And the way Cody gets over being suicidal is just insulting. I was both frustrated and relieved by the ending.
The final twist is no twist. Meg killed herself because she had depression. She had it for years and just hid it well. It was a family illness. I Was Here bears the message that there is no real reason for suicide. Suicide is something we must grieve over and then accept when it happens to those we love. The sentiment is powerful and one I can respect.
That final message is also what makes me furious with this book. I Was Here is full of wasted potential, but this part is the worst. After a whole novel of mystery-solving, international computer hacking, lies, sex, and low-level espionage this book is complicated, okay this moral is horribly tacked on. This story was not about the mysteries of depression. It was about Cody. Cody had an adventure. Cody found herself. Cody got a boyfriend.
Meg could have been anyone and anything could have happened to her. Cody just needed a bit of tragedy in her life to get things going. How do I know this conclusion is drivel? Because, even at the big ending, we never get to know what depression actually is, let alone why it would cause suicide.
The biggest symptom we know Meg experienced is sleeping a lot. About Author Alex Townsend is a writer, a day-dreamer, and a really cool person. She also has depression. It's okay.