I Was Here

I Was Here

Book - 2015
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In an attempt to understand why her best friend committed suicide, eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds retraces her dead friend's footsteps and makes some startling discoveries.
Publisher: New York :, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA),, 2015
ISBN: 9780451471475
Branch Call Number: Y Fiction
Characteristics: 270 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 13, 2019

This book was overall very well written. At first, it’s confusing and I thought Cody was a boy but later on it becomes more clear. The book is very informing and alarming of the digital world as well as suicide and many other taboo subjects. I really enjoyed reading this book and couldn’t put it down!

TacoAdvocate May 31, 2017

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It has an interesting story about suicide that is based on real cases. I really liked the conclusion about the effects of suicide and depression. Definitely worth a read. Only qualm was the love interest in the book. Seemed a little forced and distracting from what is important in the book. However, the message and story itself was great!

May 29, 2017

This novel was pretty good. At first, I thought Cody was a boy, not a girl. Oops. This was a fast read, and I wish certain points of the story went a little deeper. Overall, I enjoyed this and did not want to put it down.

Apr 02, 2017

Prior to reading this book, i had thought that when confronted by a depressed and/ or suicidal person , most rational ppl will refer that person to a suicide prevention hotline, where trained volunteers will try to offer support to the vulnerable individual. The volunteer will do whatever they can via the phone to prevent the person from taking their own life. Never in a million years would I have guessed that there would be a " support " group that basically blows on a raging fire. They support this person's decision to end their own life . Really, the ppl who provide suicide " support " is just as bad as the cyber bully who pretended to be a young girl's bf, then transformed into a bad guy by insulting her to the point of the girl commiting suicide . If there's one thing i learned from this book, it is to be careful of who you seek help from . and it's not limited to depression support. in this world there are certain ppl who appear to want to help you, but in reality they want to harm you, and we must stay away from the influence of such individuals .

Library_Jill Mar 07, 2017

This book imagines the grieving process of a girl who is blindsided by her best friend's suicide, and her search to uncover what led her friend to take her own life. The subject matter is handled well--with wonderfully-written notes from the author at the end--but is still understandably dark. More mature readers may find it easier to relate to the college-age characters and heavy themes of not only suicide, but drug use, mental illness, and family and relationship issues.

Feb 11, 2017

Big question: what if you had your very best friend, who you knew would be with you until the day you died, leave you? Cody and Meg were the best of friends, until one day Cody faced the biggest shock of her life: Meg's suicide. Assuming that she knew her friend so well, Cody went out to find 'what really' happened to her best friend. However, she may have to face several barriers, and a few which may strip back layers that may hurt more than heal. Is it truly always best to leave everything in the past? Or should people continue to dig deeper to solve problems, that they could then avoid in the future? 3.5/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 17, 2016

This was a very interesting book.
I was a little scared at some points of the book and I didn't really find it much of a mystery book either. But I did like it. Wonderful writing.

Jan 10, 2016

I was disturbed by the content of this young adult book. I will not be readily recommending it to the young people I work with.

Jan 03, 2016

A good read about what reality can be and the aftermath that must be lived through.

Jun 13, 2015

THis is acturally a really good book

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Aug 13, 2019

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Oct 25, 2016

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Jun 27, 2015

Harlow thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 19

Jun 21, 2015

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May 24, 2015

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Jun 21, 2016

the main characters best friend stayed in hotel and the next morning there were police investigating the murder,but they didn't know she paid the maid not to speak to anyone about and left a note to her bestfriend

Jul 20, 2015

When Meg, Cody's best friend kills herself, Cody is lost and confused because she never knew her BEST FRIEND was that sad and in pain. Discovering little bits of information when packing up Meg's things and reading into the email she sent out explaining what she had done, Cody goes on a quest to discover why Meg would think as her only option being the final solution.


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Aug 17, 2016

Coarse Language: Contains Coarse Language

Jul 24, 2015

Other: Don't ever think of killing of yourself ever!!!


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Jul 20, 2015

"I failed her in life, but I won't fail her in death."

Jul 20, 2015

“How can you believe someone to be so beautiful and amazing and just about the most magical person you've ever known, when it turns out she was in such pain that she had to drink poison to rob her cells of oxygen until her heart had no choice but to stop beating?”

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