Waiting on Wednesday: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

July 16, 2014 / 8 Comments / Book Memes, Uncategorized, Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

I am on a sad book jag lately, and I was hoping this one would be different, but I couldn’t NOT post this for this week’s WoW pick!

I Was Here
Author: Gayle Forman 
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (Penguin Canada)
Expected publication: January 27, 2015

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.

First of all, GAYLE FORMAN. 
I mean. 
I’ll pretty much read anything she writes, so there’s that. But then there’s also the fact that Just One Day is my favourite YA book. And that I totally embarrassed myself in front of her with my crazy fangirl love. 
But then there’s also the synopsis, which sounds epically sad and perfect and like we’ll be mining the depths of Meg’s life, and just trying to sort out WHY. I’m desperate to read this because I need to know why, too – why are we here, why choose to die, why choose to live, and why are we left behind.
Forman has a way of getting into my head and heart and giving me perspective in a way that no other author does. I need to read her opinion and learn from it and try to figure out how it fits into my ideas about death, but more importantly, how to live.  
Are you desperately in need of I WAS HERE, too? Have you read all of Gayle’s other books? What do you think of that cover? Are you into books about learning to grieve and cope (I’ll have a review up of one tomorrow)? Sound off in the comments!

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8 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

  1. I had this on my WOW a couple of weeks ago (when it didn't have that gorgeous cover revealed yet). I am so excited for this one and already preparing for the guaranteed Gayle Forman – feels 🙂

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