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Review: You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

25679559Book: You Were Here
Author: Cori McCarthy
Date of Publication: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: ya, contemporary, romance, fiction
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 400

Rating: 5/5 Beans
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Short Summary:

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 Thoughts:

You know it’s a good book when I want to read it again after finishing it.  Or maybe that’s just me?

This book had me feeling all sorts of emotions and that’s what I loved about it.  Within one chapter I could laugh and cry without missing a beat.  Cori McCarthy has gathered up human emotions and displayed to us just how one person can change our lives.  Not only that, but how one person’s death can make our lives a living hell but until we accept the fact and let others around us help us on, we will be stuck.  By giving us multiple voices to hear from, she shows us how different people are affected differently, what it can do to one person verses their best friend.  Death is a powerful force that pushes everyone, and McCarthy’s characters show us exactly what it can do to everyone, even if they weren’t directly involved.

Good writing will bring you into a story and when it finally lets you go, all you can do is think about how your life is like that of the characters.  As our protagonist, Jaycee, and her friends struggled through dealing with Jake’s death, I couldn’t help but think of what this was trying to tell me.  As their lives changed, at one point Jaycee asks what it would have been  like if Jake hadn’t been in their lives and it’s interesting to think about how much one person can affect the lives of so many, but it’s true.  Alright, sappy moment done.

The writing was deep and personal and quirky and fun at the same time, weird, I know, but just trust me on this one.  I loved the add-ins of both Mik and Bishop’s chapters and I’m waiting for someone on Society6 to make something out of Bishop’s art.  I can not recommend this book enough, it has romance, rule breaking, high school confusion and pretty much anything you could want from a young adult contemporary novel.  This is a for sure five out of five bean novel for me.  I seem to really be warming up to these contemporary romance novels….that’s a little scary.

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