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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? 

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, and some secrets of his own. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A heartbreaking novel about loss from the bestselling author of If I Stay.”

    People magazine

  • “In Gayle Forman’s latest irresistible tear-jerker, the survivor is Cody Reynolds…Her quest for peace…elevates a potentially lugubrious story to a place of humor and grace. Forman…spin[s] heartbreak into [a mystery] that remain[s] realistically, uncomfortably unsolved. Readers requiring total resolution may want to steer clear. But braver souls, teenagers and adults alike, will be rewarded…The payoff may not be particularly sweet…but it is hard earned and life affirming, which is infinitely more rewarding.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Gayle Forman delivers another taut, captivating tale about young people discovering hidden sides of themselves and others. A teen author well worth knowing.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “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.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Narrator Jorjeana Marie’s wide range of shifting reactions gives a convincing picture of eighteen-year-old Cody, who learns that her best friend, Meg, has committed suicide. Could there be any situation that provokes a more complex tangle of emotions? Marie provides subtle shadings throughout…While Cody’s outward expression seems snarky, listeners are privy to the anger that fuels her search for the person who aided Meg in her suicide as well as her fear of that confrontation…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Part tautly paced mystery, part psychological study of suicide and its aftereffects…An engrossing and provocative look at the devastating finality of suicide, survivor’s guilt, the complicated nature of responsibility, and even the role of the Internet in life-and-death decisions.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Suicide has always been a subject in YA literature, and to her credit, Forman handles it sensitively and gracefully, raising important issues of the ethics and morality of the subject. The combination mystery and love story is sure to reach a wide readership and excite essential discussion.”

    Booklist

  • “Hugely popular Forman, author of the acclaimed If I Stay among others, has another best seller here. This novel’s strength lies in its depiction of main character Cody, a young woman torn by conflicts but sustained by her own sense of purpose.”

    VOYA

  • "I Was Here is a pitch-perfect blend of mystery, tragedy, and romance. Gayle Forman has given us an unflinchingly honest portrait of the bravery it takes to live after devastating loss.”

    Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  • AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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