You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

  • Title: You Were Here
  • Author: Cori McCarthy
  • Genre: Young Adult + mixed media (comics)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2016
  • Format: eARC from netgalley

From Goodreads:

Grief turned Jaycee into a daredevil, but can she dare to deal with her past?

On the anniversary of her daredevil brother’s death, Jaycee attempts to break into Jake’s favorite hideout—the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum. Joined by four classmates, each with their own brand of dysfunction, Jaycee discovers a map detailing her brother’s exploration and the unfinished dares he left behind.

As a tribute to Jake, Jaycee vows to complete the dares, no matter how terrifying or dangerous. What she doesn’t bargain on is her eccentric band of friends who challenge her to do the unthinkable: reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.

My Review:

What a surprise! This book is so much more than I thought it would be. Not a typical YA story. You Were Here deals with grief, friendship, falling in love, and falling out of love. It presents an honest look at the different ways people react to tragic events.. everyone grieves differently.

The characters are not perfect. They can be extremely immature at times. Isn’t this what being a teenager is all about though? Not wanting to completely grow up? I find the banter between them fun and true to the teenage language of today. There are cuss words, sex , booze, regrets, parties, etc etc. This isn’t the main focus of the story though. The core of the book has the reader follow the characters on a journey of reconnecting with someone they lost, rekindling friendships, and finding romance.

Side note – let’s talk about the visual aspects of this book. That cover! ❤ It’s eye-catching. Simple yet gorgeous. AND THE COMICS! I love mixed media formats. Throw in pictures, or comics, or links to interactive tools and I am HOOKED. The comics are fun! A nice way to compliment the story. This is a page-turner for sure! If you are looking for a quick read that isn’t quite like the others then I recommend checking this book out.

Rating: 4/5

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