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Simon & Schuster Ltd
Paperback / softback
A brand-new, heart-wrenching novel from the bestselling author of If I Stay, Gayle Forman
Cody and Meg were inseparable - best friends for life. They knew everything about each other. Or Cody thought they did. But how well do you ever really know your best friend? And what do you do whn they choose to leave you behind?
As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.
Perfect for fans of 13 Reasons Why and The Perks of Being a Wallflower
'A pitch-perfect blend of tragedy, mystery and romance' Stephen Chbosky, author ofThe Perks of Being a Wallflower
'Not only beautifully written and heartwrenching, but IMPORTANT. Wow. Just, wow' Sarah Dessen
'It's about to become your new favourite book' Sugarscape
'A potent rite-of-passage tale' Sunday Times
From the author of 'If I Stay' comes her new book, 'I Was Here', a raw and deeply moving story which centres on the very real issue of teen suicide. It explores the loss and grief felt by those left behind, and the emotional journey taken in order to move forward. When Cody's best friend Meg commits suicide, she is left feeling alone and devastated by the sudden loss. During a trip to Meg's college she slowly begins to pick up the pieces and come to terms with her friend's passing. She is led to question the friendship they once shared; not only does she uncover a hidden side to her friend, roommates she knew nothing about and a mysterious musician, Ben McAllister, but she also uncovers the truth about herself. The truths that she had put aside so often, but are now left bare and in the open. Although 'I Was Here' is a tragic story focusing on a subject that it not talked about often, it is written with such honesty that it fully addresses the pain felt by its characters in the most sensitive way. It may bring the reader to tears, but its ending is positive. I was completely enthralled by this book; it is written in such a way that you feel as though you are accompanying Cody on her journey through her grief and self discovery. It shows not only the importance of family but also that of friendship. A story that is not easily forgotten. 288 pages / Ages 15+ / Reviewed by Sheena Davies.
Suggested Reading Age 11+