I Was Here by Gayle Forman
In I Was Here Cody and Meg, best friends since childhood, are separated when Meg gets a full scholarship to a small college in Tacoma. Cody is left behind to clean house and attend community college. When Cody gets news of Meg’s suicide, she is understandably confused and upset. Why hadn’t she seen the warning signs? She travels to Tacoma to collect Meg’s belongings and finds there are many things she didn’t know about her friend with whom she thought she shared everything.
Determined to get to the bottom of her suicide, Cody searches Meg’s laptop and finds she was involved with a suicide website and in particular a Pied-Piper type character who encourages suicide as a way out. With the help of Ben McAllister, one of Meg’s friends with an agenda of his own, Cody searches for a way to come to terms with her friend’s death.
This book is a great combination of mystery, romance and tragedy that will appeal to a wide variety of readers.
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction (2015)
Viking Juvenile. Jan 27, 2015. 270 pages. HS
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