I Was Here

By Gayle Forman


When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of poison alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything; so how was there no warning? 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 small town. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a boisterous attitude, 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 a bunch of questions.

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"She didn’t tell me that she found life to be so unbearably painful. I mean, I didn’t even have a clue. A kind of laugh escapes, and I know that if I’m not very careful, what follows will be something I don’t want to hear, that no one wants to hear. How can you not know that about your best friend? Even if she doesn’t tell you, how can you not know? How can you believe someone to be beautiful and amazing and just about the most magical person you’ve ever known, when it turns out she was in such pain that she had to drink poison that robbed her cells of oxygen until her heart had no choice but to stop beating? So don’t ask me about Meg. Because I don’t know shit." Overall, this quite describes the main conflict in the book. Once Meg has died, Cody begins to question why she didn't tell her she was in so much pain. Meg ended her life in short notice and didn't tell anyone her thoughts. Why did Meg want to end her life so badly, what caused her to think suicide was the only option, who helped her get the poison? After Meg's death there are many questions left unanswered.

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Reviewed 4/5 stars

" I Was Here is a pitch-perfect blend of mystery, tragedy, and romance. Gayle Forman has given us an unflinchingly honest portrait of the bravery it takes to live after devastating loss." — Stephen Chbosky, author of the #1 New York Timesbestselling The Perks of Being a Wallflower