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I was here by Gayle Forman

I Was HereI Was Here by Gayle Forman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There s no pretending that this is a light book. The story begins with the main character, Cody, attending a memorial service for her best friend who has committed suicide. The book follows Cody’s journey of grief and her attempts to discover “why” Meg took her own life.

When Cody is asked by Meg’s parents to pack up her college room, she finds herself checking Meg’s emails and discovers that a number of files have been deleted. When she starts to ask questions about what was going on in Meg’s life in the months leading to her death, she discovers something frightening. Meg was accessing an online suicide support group – a group that supports people in their decision to end their life and provide advice on planning for and methods of suicide. When Cody uncovers the truth, readers will feel its effect as keenly as if they were right there with her.

This is an insightful issue novel. A strong plot and characters mean that it is also a good read. Highly recommended for ages 15+

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As the Curriculum Leader of the Mt Alvernia iCentre, my key areas of interest are: Teaching and Learning The information landscape Digital Literacy Digital citizenship Literature Reading

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