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review 2018-01-09 19:49
You Were Here by Cori McCarthy
You Were Here - Cori McCarthy

Two things, before I dive into the meat of this review. One, this is the first YA Contemporary book that I've read in about a year so I'm coming into this with fresh eyes. It's entirely possible that has also biased me to love this book, so let's get that out of the way before anything else. Two, although I was given a copy of this to review back in 2016, it has taken me this long to get to it. I actually borrowed it from the library to read, and I'm not sorry in the least. Now that you know where I'm coming from with this review, let's get started.

I love Jaycee, but I also hate Jaycee. I'll start right there, because that's the kind of book that You Were Here really is. I love Jaycee because she's a broken protagonist who is falling into a pit of grief and can't figure out how to claw her way out. She's raw, brutally honest, and walled off into her own safe place. I love her because she's real. On the flip side, that's also why I hate Jaycee. She reminds me of how easy it is to fall into that pit, how easy it is to push everyone away and become a flicker of your former self, and how hard it really is to let that all go an come back to the light. It was Jaycee, and her profound loss, that really made this book hit home for me. Cori McCarthy perfectly crafted a human being with real flaws, and I soaked that in and reveled in it.

In fact, every character in this book has their own set of flaws and short comings. That's what made me feel so strongly for them. McCarthy even manages to craft a character with social anxiety, who is selectively mute, and still bring him to life on the pages. His chapters, told in graphic novel format, were actually some of my favorites. I loved being pulled in to his mind, and seeing things from his point of view. It's not easy to have a book narrated by multiple characters that isn't confusing at times. McCarthy hits that out of the park though. Every character is so rich, and well formed, that it's not hard at all to skip from the mind of Zach, to Jaycee and back again. It's normal, and wonderful.

What really impressed me, more than anything, was how easy to read this book was. It deals with some tough subjects, unabashedly so, but it does it in a way that makes you love the characters and want to be wrapped up in their lives. I found a part of myself in every one of them, and it made this a really personal and amazing read for me. Highly recommended! Just be prepared to get a bit teary eyed.

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text 2018-01-04 16:44
Reading progress update: I've read 58%.
You Were Here - Cori McCarthy

Okay, this book was an excellent way to jump back in Contemporary reads this year. Last year I couldn't read anything too realistic, because I was trying to hold myself together better and wasn't ready. This year I missed it, picked this book up, and I'm in love. Jaycee's way of dealing with grief, Natalie's way of dealing with anxiety, all of these characters and the ways that they're a little broken by holding it together, it has been speaking to me. This book has completely captured me. I was so mad I had to stop reading when my train ride was over this morning :(.

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review 2017-10-17 14:46
Would You Sell Yourself To Save Your Family? Rain Would...
The Color of Rain - Cori McCarthy
Teenager Rain lives in a dark world where many of the people catch an illness that robs them of their memory not unlike alzheimer's.  She has already lost both parents and a brother and she is now about to lose her younger brother, the only family she has left. She does what she has to find a cure and save him even if that means she has to sell herself to do it.

 

I had never really read a story like this.  I usually stay away from sci-fi but I was pleasantly surprised with The Color Of Rain. The fact that Rain goes to any extreme to save her brother, her friend and sometimes herself was a little shocking to me. The story had a darkness to it.  Just when you thought things might get better it got a little worse.

 

The Color Of Rain is another ones of those stories that falls in the category wanting more after finished. I wanted a sequel.  It ends well enough but I just wanted to know what else happened. I am also a little surprised it is considered a young adult book.  It does have some heavy adult themes.

 

I finished the book a few months ago and the story still sticks with me. Which to me means it was a good read.  My mind still wanders to the characters wondering what they are doing.  Or if I would sacrifice myself for my family the way Rain did. The story cuts deep and shocks your core a little but worth a read.

 

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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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