The core of „I Was Here“ is a suicide, Megs suicide, but the focus of the story is not. Because the story focuses on Cody, Megs best friend. On Megs boyfriend, roommates, brother, parents. How do they cope, how do they live on now that Meg’s gone?
Everything in the book is tough. Tough to read, tough to experience, and tough to have rummaging around your mind once you’ve put the book down. I don’t want to spoil you, but there are things I didn’t know existed, that I still can’t believe exist out there, for people who are thinking about suicide. It’s tough to have that on my mind now.
The whole book and plot could have gone incredibly wrong if Gayle Forman’s voice would have been too tough too, or if she had tiptoed around certain things, but she handled it gracefully and I think I might not have liked this book as much as I did, if somebody else had written it.
With that being said, there were things that just felt incredibly wrong, confusing and/or unnecessary. The romantic relationship for example. The whole story worked well as a story about friendship and family, and it should have stayed that way.
All in all, I would recommend it. It’s not a „suicide story“. It’s a story about a girl who lost her better half, her other half, long before the suicide happened. When her best friend moved away, and she was jealous, and they didn’t talk as much anymore, they barely knew each other anymore. I think anyone can relate to that in some way.