Tuesday, February 3, 2015
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
I Was Here opens with Meg's suicide email (that she sent on time delay to her family and best friend), I regret to inform you.... . The reader never really gets to meet Meg, all that's shown of Meg is through the memories of Cody, her best friend. Cody is shocked and devastated by her friend's death, but she is also hurt that she was caught off guard (Meg was her best friend, shouldn't she have seen some sort of sign?). When she finds an encrypted file on Meg's computer she becomes embroiled in Meg's seemingly sudden decision to end her own life.
Forman has created a work that tackles a difficult and emotionally wrought topic in an authentic way. Cody is grieving and angry and says hurtful things and makes rash (and in the light of day ridiculous potentially dangerous) decisions as she struggles to figure out life without her other half.
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