This is a book that should be on the reading lists of every high school and stocked by every public library. It should be read by every book club.
I Was Here
Simon & Schuster
From the bestselling author of If I Stay – this summer’s YA blockbuster film.
This characteristically powerful novel follows eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend’s shocking suicide.
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.
A phenomenally moving story, I Was Here explores the sadly all-too-familiar issue of suicide and self-harm, addressing it in an authentic way with sensitivity and honesty.
I am a recent convert to the YA genre and it is because of novels like this that I have been convinced to extend my reading habits to embrace this style of powerful narrative. And powerful this is; through embraceable characters on a journey of healing after tragedy we are forced to think about a subject that is largely taboo or hidden in contemporary society – teenage suicide. I Was Here peels away and discards the layers of shame and myth surrounding teenage depression and suicide and opens a door for meaningful discussion – a problem shared is …an opportunity to create or at least move toward positive change. Dealing with depression isn’t easy but there are avenues to explore to assist all those concerned, you just have to take that first step – a simple discussion with someone who can help or who can direct you to help. If this book does no more than open a dialogue about these issues then it has succeeded; that this novel is engaging, well written, intelligent and insightful without being morbid, maudlin or depressing is a credit to the author’s talent. Read it. Just read it.