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review 2016-06-14 21:17
You Were Here Book Review
You Were Here - Cori McCarthy

You Were Here is the heartbreaking story of love, friendship and hardest of all, loss. The feelings are deep and the characters are very real in this book. I loved each character and found what they were going through true to teenagers today. 


Jaycee has been a daredevil ever since she lost her older brother. On his anniversary every year she has this crazy plan to get closer to him. Each year its with Jake's best friend Mik, the mute. Natalie, Zach and Bishop. These people are drawn into a bizarre friendship and recovering from a heart-achingly tough loss. 


There are five point of views throughout the book. But its not your typical POV'S. Mik is a mute so his are done in graphic novel form with pictures and very few words. Bishop is done with graffitti left on the places they visit. 


This is such a unique book and the writing is quite stunning. I really think a lot of teenagers and young adults can relate to every character in this story. 

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text 2016-05-26 11:52
Friday Reads 5/27/16
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater
The Winner's Curse - Marie Rutkoski
You Were Here - Cori McCarthy
Impulse - Ellen Hopkins
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quote 2016-05-25 09:04
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review 2016-04-26 11:10
Review: You Were Here
You Were Here - Cori McCarthy

I received a copy from Netgalley.

I got this through one of those read now for the first 500 member emails. I must admit I went into it knowing very little about it, other than a glance at the blurb. Unfortunately, this book was not for me at all. Just didn't like it.

The story did nothing for me and I couldn't connect to any of the characters. It wasn't like it was terribly written or anything and had an interesting premise. It tells the story of a teenage girl and her friends coping with the death of the heroine's older brother who was a dare devil and died in an accident whilst doing a stunt of some sort. He left a journal of all sorts of weird places - mostly abandoned - and the sister and her friends try to find these places each dealing with their grief and their own problems in different ways. I found the characters irritating and very melodramatic. Didn't like any of them.

Also, some of it was told in graphic novel format and other chapters were one page drawings or artwork. I am not a fan of graphic novels, really. If I had known that, I would have never started this book. I found it annoying and it jarred the narrative. I would certainly try something by this author again, this particular book just didn't work for me at all.

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review 2016-04-04 20:39
You Were Here
You Were Here - Cori McCarthy

[I received a copy of this book from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

An OK read, but one that ultimately didn't leave much of an impression on me.

It seemd interesting at first—although, as usual in such cases, I don't really see the point of having a first person narrative for one character, and a third person one for the others. Including comics pages for one of the characters was a nice idea, as it enhanced how the guy very seldom talks, and the “silence” of the panels, combined with the black and white pictures, felt appropriate enough. I was less convinced by Bishop's chapters: I liked seeing him through his art only... but it was way too centered on his ex-girlfriend, and since I didn't care much about her, it didn't do much for me.

Unfortunately, while the premise is what drove me to request this book, I soon came to realise that didn't care a lot about any of the characters. Jayce was grieving in an intense way, keeping people at a distance by hiding behind “truth”. Natalie was bit of a pushover, with a controlling family that made her trying to control everything in turn, and secretly wanting to be someone else, to the point of “running away” by going to college—and failing to change because she planned her new life up to the clothes she'd wear, and on which days she'd wear them. Mik: OK at first, however once his selective muteness was explained, it felt that he got over it too easily. Zach: got better towards the end (his circumstances are actually rather sad), but very annoying in a “silly jock with a bottle problem” in the beginning. Bishop: too much moping about Marrakesh.

And I guess that's what didn't work in my opinion: too much drama and angst, too much of an emo streak, at the expense of real character development. Also, I guess I was hoping for more urban exploring, more strange places where Jaycee would've been trying to feel the fading presence of her brother (the asylum was definitely creepy, for starters).

It wasn't totally bad... It just didn't strike me in any way, except for a few moments when a character or other finally developed somewhat, and some more eye-rolling when it became too drama-laden.

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