Read + Review — I Was Here by Gayle Forman

I was hereCody’s best friend, Meg, just committed suicide. And Cody has no idea why. They were practically sisters. She thought all was well with Meg in college on a scholarship, even though they lived three hours apart and their dream of living together in college was dashed. Until she goes up to Meg’s college town to pick up her stuff from where she lived with her roommates. She realizes that Meg had kept a lot of things hidden from her, and Cody is determined to find out what, even if it’s what led Meg to take her own life.

I enjoyed the beginning of the book, because Cody was actually making progress to uncover Meg’s hidden life. The middle was becoming a bit dull because it was mostly just Cody doing research with a little side story involved. The story line was completely different from Gayle Forman’s previous series, If I Stay, which was good because too often authors try to reuse plots and story lines from their previous book. Some other good parts were how you learned more about the characters and their pasts through mini- flashbacks, but with them blended into the story, not whole separate paragraphs.

One memorable thing about this book is how Meg’s parents were practically Cody’s second parents, and they didn’t stop acting like it even after Meg was gone, even though the circumstances had changed.

Reviewed by Ria, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library 
four stars

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