I Was Here by Gayle Foreman | Book Review


I Was Here


Gayle Foreman

Publication Details:

1st Jan 2015


Contemporary / YA




300 pages


Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.


This book speaks on so many levels, its really hard to either hate it or love it. It seems really sad that Cody has to go through all of that because her best friend committed suicide and had depression, which the whole family somehow succeeded in keeping it a secret for so many years from the person who practically was a family member herself, Meg’s best friend/ almost sister! I mean, it seems really hard to believe.
I understand what Cody is feeling, I mean obviously she feels left behind, hurt and lonely. (view spoiler)
Cody keeps a cold relation with Alice, but is friendly at once with Harry, just because he can help her, and more than friendly with Ben, who she knows had a thing with her recently deceased best friend, just cause he’s attractive and keeps her entertained. I mean seriously. So annoying!
I liked the writing, even though I didn’t much like the way things proceeded in the plot, thus the reduced two stars. This was my first Gayle Foreman book and I was somewhat disappointed.


“You had a pile of rocks, and you cleaned them up pretty and made a necklace. Meg got jewels, and she hung herself with them”

“I can keep picking small fights, or brave the big one.Time to screw my courage. Or go down trying”

“Sometimes we meet people and are so symbiotic with them, it’s as if we are one person, with one mind, one destiny”

“It seems abstract when you’re dealing with people online, but they are still people, and some of them are not nice people, not the kind you ever want to be in a room with.”
Sometimes you don’t even need to be in the same room for the damage to be done.”

“It’s funny how once you start pretending, you realize how much everyone else is too.”