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I Was Here Review

Updated: Oct 13

This book talks about a serious topic in such a graceful manner.


Rating: 4/5

As a fan of If I Stay, when I found I Was Here in my local used book store, I knew I had to get it. Without even reading the synopsis, I picked it up and took it home. The cover just spoke to me, I had a feeling I was going to enjoy it. Who knew that feeling was right.


This book talks about a serious topic in such a graceful manner. We watch Cody discover that her best friend committed suicide, but Cody just can’t understand why. She never saw any signs of her friend’s depression. She thought she knew everything there was to know about her best friend.


I found Cody to be a very relatable character for me. The actions and experiences she has felt very real. In fact, the entirety of this book felt very realistic. It felt even more relatable by where it was set as well, Washington State. For those that don’t know already, that’s where I live! I’ve lived outside of Seattle my whole life. So I was able to envision every place basically.


I found Cody to be a very relatable character for me. The actions and experiences she has felt very real. In fact, the entirety of this book felt very realistic.

Beyond just the topic of suicide, this book touches topics of loss, grief, regret, and forgiveness. We see all of this as Cody decided to help Meg’s family and goes to her dorm to pack up her stuff. This is when Cody learns that there was more to her best friend then she let on. This journey Cody goes on makes us all ask ourselves, how well do we really know the ones we love? Cody saw herself as Meg’s best friend but wasn’t aware of the pain she was in.


This journey Cody goes on makes us all ask ourselves, how well do we really know the ones we love?

I Was Here takes the topic of suicide and showcases it with all its pain and ugliness in a beautiful yet depressingly graceful way. This book flowed so well just like when I read If I Stay. It’s incredibly written, nothing about this book felt like a stretch. It tackles suicide from both sides. As we watch Cody try to understand why Meg did what she did, Cody then starts to consider it for herself as a possibility. We’re able to see inside Cody’s mind as she herself struggles with this grief and willing to keep going. All these feelings felt very familiar with my personal experiences. Again leading me to say, this book is written in a relatable way.


Overall, I truly enjoyed this one. The pages simply flowed from one page to the next. I can’t say I enjoyed this more than If I Stay, I enjoyed that a little bit more. Though I Was Here is just as beautiful, tackling topics we’re often afraid to openly talk about. Anyone who likes contemporary, young adult, or enjoyed If I Stay will love this one.