You Were Here by Cori McCarthy | Review

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The loss of a friend or loved one can affect people in different ways. Jaycee lost her brother, Jake, a year ago when he was performing a dangerous playground stunt. His loss changed who she was and she struggled with a world without him. On the night of this tragic anniversary, Jaycee visits one of her brother’s favorite locations. Wanted or not, Jaycee is surrounded by four friends and they discover a map with Jake’s explored territories. Together, they decide to visit each location and perform the dares left behind.

I received a complimentary e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

I found this to be a beautiful story of loss, friendship, romance, and self-discovery. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a member of the group. Two of these are told through imagery, though not enough to call this a graphic novel. There is so much going on in this novel, which I believe imitates life very well. Not only does the story cover grief and mourning, but shows characters transitioning into adulthood and the changes that come with it.

I really enjoyed this book. Once it started, I couldn’t put it down. I laughed. I cried. I asked questions about life. McCarthy created a magnificent story that exposed the vulnerability and secrecy one person can hold. I highly recommend this one.

And lastly…

I don’t normally discuss book covers, but it is hard not to with this one. It is gorgeous. Sometimes a book gets a beautiful cover and sometimes not. You Were Here definitely did. I also like that after reading this novel, the cover speaks volumes to me. Great job to the artist/designer on this one.

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