I Was Here (Hardcover) by Gayle Forman
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About the BookIn an attempt to understand why her best friend committed suicide, eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds retraces her dead friend's footsteps and makes some startling discoveries.
Book SynopsisFrom the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay comes a heartbreaking novel about coping with loss (People). When her best friend, Meg, commits suicide by drinking a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything--so how did she miss the signs of Meg's depression? 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. 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 that it takes to live after devastating loss.
--Stephen Chbosky, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Review QuotesPraise for I Was Here 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 Times bestselling The Perks of Being a Wallflower "Irresistible tear-jerker" --New York Times "A heartbreaking novel about coping with loss from the bestselling author of If I Stay" --People
As she did in If I Stay, Forman offers an introspective examination of the line between life and death, and the courage it takes to persist.--Publishers Weekly, starred review "Forman sifts through Cody's shifting psychological landscape with a sure and delicate hand, developing a character that readers will recognize themselves in. . . a relevant book as well as an absorbing one." --BCCB, starred review Part tautly paced mystery, part psychological study of suicide and its aftereffects. . . An engrossing and provocative look at the devastating finality of suicide, survivor's guilt, the complicated nature of responsibility and even the role of the Internet in life-and-death decisions. --Kirkus Reviews Suicide has always been a subject in YA literature, and to her credit, Forman handles it sensitively and gracefully, raising important issues of the ethics and morality of the subject. The combination mystery and love story is sure to reach a wide readership and excite essential discussion. . . This latest offering should generate massive teen interest. --Booklist Cody's struggle with grief and complicity is intense and affecting up until an emotional gut-punch of a conclusion. Once this compelling case is closed, what remains is a haunting, elegiac tale about enduring and understanding loss. --The Horn Book Teens will clamor for this latest offering from the author of If I Stay. --School Library Journal Hugely popular Forman, author of the acclaimed If I Stay among others, has another best seller here. This novel's strength lies in its depiction of main character Cody, a young woman torn by conflicts but sustained by her own sense of purpose. --VOYA "Takes tragedy, guilt, friendship, inspiration, heartache, and bravery and mixes them all up in a blender of feelings" --Bustle Praise for If I Stay and Where She Went "Beautifully written." --Entertainment Weekly "An achingly gorgeous portrayal of rejection and rekindled love." --USA Today "A page-turner, tearjerker and romance all in one." --BookPage "Pitch-perfect...a moving, skillfully crafted novel." --VOYA, starred review Praise for Just One Day and Just One Year "Offering mystery, drama, and an evocative portrait of unrequited love, this open-ended novel will leave fans eagerly anticipating the companion story." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Readers were enthralled with Forman's If I Stay books, and now she's captivated them again as they fall in love with her characters in Just One Day." --NPR's The Roundtable "As satisfying as both of these books are, readers are going to wish for a third." --Booklist
About The AuthorGayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day and Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.3 Inches (H) x 5.7 Inches (W) x 1.1 Inches (D)
Weight: .9 Pounds
Suggested Age: 13-19 Years
Number of Pages: 270
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Young Adult Fiction
Sub-Genre: Social Themes
Publisher: Viking Children's Books
Author: Gayle Forman
Street Date: January 27, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 059-12-0904
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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