Just recently I was sent a book to review and since I’ve been trying really hard to read more, I was keen to get my last book (Allegiant) out of the way, to get on with this new one. The book is called “I Was Here” and is written by Gayle Forman.
A brand-new, heartwrenching novel from the bestselling author of If I Stay, Gayle Forman. This characteristically powerful novel follows eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend’s shocking suicide. As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.
I’m sad to say, I had never heard of Gayle Forman before being offered this book to read. However, having read this book, I’m now going to be looking out for her. I started reading “I Was Here” on January 25th and I was finished by 31st. I started reading just a few chapters at a time but by Saturday I was so into it, that I lay on the sofa and read for about 3-4 hours straight, just to get it finished.
As you know, I always try to give my reviews, without any spoilers. So here’s the best I can do. Cody and Meg were best friends, right from Kindergarten. The story begins with Meg having committed suicide and everyone who was connected to her, feeling very effected by it. The story is told from Cody’s point of view and her family background and connection to Meg and her family, make the loss of her friend even sadder. However Cody starts to look into the circumstances of the suicide and actually manages to make other friends, broaden her horizons and I guess find some closure too.
At first I was worried that the subject was one that would be too hard to read about – suicide. However I was soon into the book, enjoying the characters – especially Cody’s narrative. It’s a really clever and interesting storyline that I personally felt I could connect with but I don’t know if that’s because I’m female and therefore maybe its more of a chick lit read? The story and writing style was easy to read and the I felt like it all flowed and read nicely. I cried at the end (no suprise really) but I was also happy with its outcome. There was an element of predictability if I’m being honest, but after such a sad basis for a storyline, we all need a little happy ending sometimes. I gave this book 5 out of 5 on Goodreads as I did genuinely enjoy it – as my read in a week shows. That said, I do believe its a book best suited to women and possibly should even be considered a sort of young adult lit too.