I Was Here by Gayle Forman is a poignant and powerful book about teen suicide and the power of friendship. Fans of Gayle Forman’s earlier novels, especially the major tearjerker If I Stay, will find lots to love in this book, as well.
By the time Cody found out that her best friend Meg wanted to kill herself, it was already too late to stop her. Meg sent several time-delayed emails: to Cody, to her parents, and to the police department letting them know that she was committing suicide and where they would find her body. Meg had family and friends who loved her, but when she died, she was all alone in a hotel room. When Cody found out what happened to her friend, she was filled with anger, grief, and a lot of questions about what happened and why.
Cody goes to Meg’s apartment, she meets her friends and roommates, and she reads her emails. But as she learns about Meg’s life she has even more questions than before. Did Meg really kill herself, or did someone else push her to do it? Could anyone have stopped this from happening? Could CODY have stopped this from happening? If Cody had been a better friend, a better listener, or a better person, would Meg still be alive today?
A lot of people feel sorry for Cody. They just think of her as “the dead girl’s friend.” Cody is filled with anger and sadness, and she feels like she can’t go on with her own life until she figures out what really happened to Meg. Now Cody is going to try to put the pieces of Meg’s life together until she truly understands who she was and why she’s gone.