I Was Here

Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (513 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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, and some secrets of his own. 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 Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

©2014 Gayle Forman (P)2014 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Jorjeana Marie's wide range of shifting reactions gives a convincing picture of 18-year-old Cody, who learns that her best friend, Meg, has committed suicide.... Marie provides subtle shadings throughout." (AudioFile)

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Average read with some strong points

I enjoyed Foreman's If I Stay duology so thought I would check this out.

I don't think this was as hard-hitting as I was expecting, and there were certainly some moments that had me either rolling my eyes or thinking WT even F?! Though there were also poignant and powerful moments, especially toward the end, which I think came together really nicely.

The characters had distinct and rounded personalities but they weren't anything particularly memorable. Side Note: I appreciate that Foreman went for some diverse characters but I was disappointed that it fell flat. Meg Garcia could have easily been Meg Johnson and you wouldn't have been able to tell the difference. It's things like this that make me call the book average.

The narrator was excellent! I would definitely listen to her again.

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Pretty good

I almost quit listening a few times. It was slow and dragged in parts. However, there are good pieces to this story as well. The narrator was okay...but sounded pretty depressed much of the time. I get that this is a sad topic, but it takes away from the story to have such a melancholy voice the whole time. I've read better stories from this author.

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Interesting story!

Really like the narrator on this audiobook. The voice she used for different characters were dead on. She made the story that much more enjoyable

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Disappointinc

I must admit I would probably give this book one more star if it were by anyone else. But compared to Forman's previous books this was a disappointment. The book belabors the death of a friend, but not enough happens to hold our interest. As in her other books, it is the romance that is interesting, but this is not completely believable. We are never completely engaged in the protagonist's goal, which makes it hard to care what else happens. The best evidence of this is that the book contains an epilogue about the death of the friend that seems wholly unnecessary once the romance has been resolved.

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Heavy

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Probably not. It is pretty dark in places and the overall vibe tends to be hopeless. They do find a bit of resolution in the end which is good. The material was very serious and heavy and certain bits were hard to get through because of the nature of the subject matter (suicide).

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was the best that could be hoped for given the circumstances. It felt ok.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think when Ben and Cody are are Stoner Richards Parents house. I thought it was pretty funny how Richard ended up being a pastors kid.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Well....I don't think I would make this into a movie. IF there were a tag line it would probably say "The Decision was Mine Alone to Make." Que in intense music.

Any additional comments?

Different and set in the Northwest. I had been to every city they talked about so that helped it seem a little more real. That was probably this books problem. It was too real and too accurate.

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exceptional

I was here was brilliantly written. I was unable to stop listening no matter how hard I tried.

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this book is sad with an underlying hope that keeps you on the ride till the end.

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Melancholy

I didn’t dislike the book but I also wouldn’t rave about it. It makes you look into death and suicide in a different light and how it acts as a wave affecting everyone. It was a bit gloomy and a sense of melancholy bled throughout the entire book but it was eye opening. I think on my next read I’ll read something a bit more upbeat though...

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A hard listen.

Hard to listen to, but a wonderfully written story and a great listen regarding the importance of recognizing and talking about clinical depression.

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Intense

This book was invigorating! The storyline so thought out and little clues throughout that will make sense at the end. Its a feeler so if you are an easy "crier" look out! I will for sure read again. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicide please call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255. They're available 24/7