You Were Here by Cori McCarthy.
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: 1st March 2016.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire.
Jaycee is about to accomplish what her older brother Jake couldn’t: live past graduation.
Jaycee is dealing with her brother’s death the only way she can- by re-creating Jake’s daredevil stunts. The ones that got him killed. She’s not crazy, okay? She just doesn’t have a whole lot of respect for staying alive.
Jaycee doesn’t expect to have help on her insane quest to remember Jake. But she’s joined by a group of unlikely friends- all with their own reasons for completing the dares and their own brand of dysfunction: the uptight, ex-best friend; the heartbroken poet; the slacker with Peter Pan syndrome; and…Mik. He doesn’t talk, but somehow still challenges Jayce to do the unthinkable-reveal parts of herself that she buried with her brother.
Cori McCarthy’s gripping narrative defies expectation moving seamlessly from prose to graphic novel panes and word art poetry. From the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum to the skeletal remains of the world’s largest amusement park, You Were Here takes you on an unforgettable journey of friendship, heartbreak, and inevitable change.
Book Review ~ ‘You Were Here’ by Cori McCarthy ~ 5+ Stars!
How do you review perfection? Likely I’ll just ramble on for a few lines about how amazing this book is, why you need to read it, and then just say wow a few times, but I hope you’ll get the hint and just grab a copy for yourself.
‘You Were Here’ is a book that you need to experience for yourself, because that is the sort of book and story it is. You don’t just read it, you experience it, feel it and come out of it a different person. You grow with Jaycee, you learn from Jake and you see things from perspectives you hadn’t thought of before. Told from five different perspectives, ‘You Were Here’ is the ultimate form of storytelling. Told through words, comics, art and thoughts we see five teens struggle as they come to the end of an era, and are leaving behind their lives as they know it for the start of adulthood.
Jaycee clings to the past as she mourns for her brother Jake who died in a tragic accident years before, Mik, a selective mute atones for his past sins, Natalie and Zach who struggle to end their long-term childhood sweethearts relationship, and Bishop who has experienced the loss of love for the first time. Together they help each other to understand and grow as they attempt to let go of Jake’s ghost, and Cori McCarthy wrote the whole story to perfection.
A beautifully written book which captured a part of me, there is suffering, romance, growing up and heart-ache as our protagonists have to learn to let go of the past to make way for the future.