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REVIEW: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Hello everyone. Welcome to my first ever review! This review won’t be the best because like I said this is my first one, but I’ve read a few and I’m going to try this out haha

Trigger Warning for suicide


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 borrowed this book about 2 weeks ago and I read it in about 4 days. I couldn’t put the book down! I loved this book so much even though I was mainly crying while reading it. 

Before Meg committed suicide she left an email to her family and friends:

I regret to inform you that I have had to take my own life. This decision has been a long time coming, and was mine alone to make. I know it will cause you pain, and for that I am sorry, but please know that I need to end my own pain. This has nothing to do with you and everything to do with me. It’s not your fault. – Meg

After Cody is invited to the Garcias house her parents ask if she can go empty Megs dorm at her College in Tacoma and bring everything home. Cody does as she is asked but when she gets there she meets all of her friends roommates / friends.


While Cody is packing up all of Megs belongings she finds Megs laptop. Cody then goes through Megs emails to see if she can work out why Meg did what she did, instead she finds an encrypted file in the trash.

Cody also found a few emails to a boy ‘Ben McCallister’ who Cody was never told about.

The more Cody learns the more she realised how little she knew about her friend.


This book isn’t just about suicide, it’s about the journey Cody must take to find the truth about her best friends death and to come to peace with what happened. 

Anyway this book was amazing 10/10 I’d definitely recommend it. Sorry if this wasn’t very long like everyone else’s reviews but I tried ?

Thanks for readingI hope you have a great day! Comment what books should I read next! 🙂



This sounds really good!

9th Feb, 20

It is!!!

10th Feb, 20

What a great first review! I haven't read this yet but it looks pretty good!

9th Feb, 20

Thanks ??

10th Feb, 20

I love this author. I haven't read this book in particular (though I should) but I have read other novels like 'If I stay' and 'Where she went'.
Great review too. It made me really want to read it.

30th Apr, 20

Thank you so much!
I actually have those two books on my list of books to read!
What did you think of them?

30th Apr, 20

They are really good. I liked the first one better, but it is also a movie (If I stay) the movie is good too

30th Apr, 20

Wow! I'll definitely watch it

17th May, 20