I Was Here

Gayle Forman. Viking, $18.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-451-47147-5
As she did in If I Stay, Forman offers an introspective examination of the line between life and death, and the courage it takes to persist. College freshman Meg’s suicide shocks no one more than her best friend Cody. To make Meg’s death even more unsettling, the last six months of her emails are missing from her computer. Certain that an outsider—a correspondent of Meg’s—pushed her to take her own life, Cody embarks on a quest to identify the culprit. Her journey proves both enlightening and dangerous as she traces the steps Meg took during her last weeks of life. As the pieces of a disturbing puzzle start to fit together, Cody takes an enormous risk to come to terms with Meg’s final decision and her own guilt. Beyond exploring Cody’s grief, this psychologically incisive book delves into her complex relationships with Tricia, her single mother; Meg’s more conventional family; and, most profoundly, the boy who stole and wounded Meg’s heart shortly before her death. Ages 14–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 10/20/2014
Release date: 01/27/2015
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 420 pages - 978-1-4104-8255-6
Prebound-Glued - 304 pages - 978-0-606-38404-9
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-4676-9741-5
Paperback - 304 pages
Paperback - 288 pages - 978-1-4711-2439-6
Compact Disc - 978-0-553-55608-7
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