BOOK REVIEW // 'I Was Here' by Gayle Forman

After reading 'If I Stay' last year and being absolutely hooked, it only made sense to want to read another book by Gayle Forman. I was kindly sent a copy of the most recent novel, 'I Was Here' and it definitely lived up to expectations.

I Was Here
Gayle Forman

'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, and some secrets of his own. 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.'

It was a given that this was going to be a compelling story because the style of writing just makes it so. 'I Was Here' ventures into suicide and mental health disorders from the viewpoint of Cody, the best friend of a girl who killed herself.

It tiptoes precariously around these hard topics. It's good, no doubt about it, but I can't bring myself to say I enjoyed it.

This isn't an uplifting story.

It's actually rather depressing throughout BUT I feel it's safe to say that because of this, it will most definitely tug at your heart strings. Whilst the issues tackled are heart wrenching there is, of course, an almost welcome relief in the form of a love story.

The way you feel towards each character takes twists and turns throughout as you uncover that everyone has their own secrets and problems. It is a very hard-faced portrayal of the world which understandably, I could relate to if I were in Cody's shoes.

The ending was great IMO but I reckon many readers will feel unfulfilled. I love a story where the end isn't romanticised because we know life isn't all 'happily ever after'.

I would LOVE to know what your thoughts are on the book too, it's an interesting one! 

Does this sound like your cup of tea?

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