Book Review: I WAS HERE

    • I WAS HERE
    • Author: Gayle Forman
    • Published: 27th January 2015
    • Read: October 27, 2017
    • Rating: ♥♥

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.


This book is about Cody who deals with the death of her best friend Meg, who committed suicide. She didn’t know that Meg was depressed and wanted to figure out what made Meg end her life. As she did so, she met these people who helped her discover Meg’s other side, then she became friends with them and so her adventure began.

I think I like how dealing with the loss of someone important to you was portrayed in this book and thinking that you know a person so much then realizing that they have this whole different side you didn’t know about. Those parts I found good on this book are definitely minimal. I don’t know what to say, because I hate writing negative vibes. I’ve read a lot of books about mental health issues and people who dealt with people who are struggling with these issues. I am very exposed to these things and I am very drawn to this genre so I kinda have the right to say that I don’t like this book because I find it pointless or maybe I just don’t see the whole point on why Gayle Forman wrote this book or wrote that ending. There should’ve been more to it. This book is so short, the beginning, middle and end should’ve been very clear but there was just a story. I couldn’t connect to the main character, she is inconsistent because she claims that she’s the best friend but then it turned out she kinda lost that role. Then she tries to reclaim it and then I just don’t see it. It was so dragging, I was about to put it on my DNF list but it was too short not to finish.


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