Date Published: January 27, 2015
Date Read: 2/24/15-3/3/15
Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: This was one of my most anticipated books of this year and it did not let me down! I adore Gayle Forman’s writing style and her book If I Stay is one of my favorite books so I knew this one would be just as good. The story itself was so sad. I felt for the main character Cody. I could not imagine loosing my best friend. I honestly I no idea how I would deal with that. The one thing I had a fault with was the romance between Cody and Ben. There were times where it just felt really out of place and like it shouldn’t have been as big of a focus as it was. I liked Ben’s character but the romance just felt odd. The story itself was great though. It’s up there on my list of favorite reads for this year.