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I Was Here



by
Gayle Forman

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin
Imprint
Viking
ISBN
9780451471475

Awards and Honors
Goodreads Choice Awards 2015, Young Adult Fiction
Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2015, Teen & Young Adult
2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Young Adult Fiction
Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education, 2016 Best Children’s Books of the Year, Coming of Age
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Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion
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Cody was blindsided when her best friend, Meg, committed suicide. Looking for answers, Cody realizes how far apart they’d drifted—and discovers a shocking secret Meg hid from everyone.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

Fic

AR

4.6: points 10

Lexile

HL680L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

17

JLG Release

Apr 2015

Book Genres


Topics

Suicide. Grief. Best friends. Friendship. Mystery and detective stories. Washington State. Dating and relationships. Secrets. Online identities.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Horn Book

Meg Garcia is brilliant and passionate—a standout in her dead-end Washington State hometown and a constant in best friend Cody’s unstable life. But just months after escaping to college on a prestigious scholarship, Meg checks into a motel and drinks a bottle of industrial cleaner. Cody is blindsided and guilt-ridden; when she finds an encrypted document on Meg’s laptop containing explicit suicide instructions, Cody slips down an investigative rabbit-hole that leads her deep into Meg’s hidden personal life. Cody reaches out to Meg’s college friends, and most agree that Meg was troubled. But when scouring Meg’s remaining digital footprint turns up correspondence with a disturbing pro-suicide web forum, Cody pursues this lead with reckless desperation. Capable and tough, Cody is a relentless but self-destructive detective bent on untangling a grim and dangerous mystery that offers no possible redeeming solution. A volatile but tenderly drawn romance with Meg’s tormented musician ex-love interest offers moments of tentative hopefulness for Cody, but her 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. jessica tackett macdonald

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Meg Garcia is brilliant and passionate—a standout in her dead-end Washington State hometown and a constant in best friend Cody’s unstable life. But just months after escaping to college on a prestigious scholarship, Meg checks into a motel and drinks a bottle of industrial cleaner. Cody is blindsided and guilt-ridden; when she finds an encrypted document on Meg’s laptop containing explicit suicide instructions, Cody slips down an investigative rabbit-hole that leads her deep into Meg’s hidden personal life. Cody reaches out to Meg’s college friends, and most agree that Meg was troubled. But when scouring Meg’s remaining digital footprint turns up correspondence with a disturbing pro-suicide web forum, Cody pursues this lead with reckless desperation. Capable and tough, Cody is a relentless but self-destructive detective bent on untangling a grim and dangerous mystery that offers no possible redeeming solution. A volatile but tenderly drawn romance with Meg’s tormented musician ex-love interest offers moments of tentative hopefulness for Cody, but her 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. jessica tackett macdonald

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