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BOOKS: YOU WERE HERE BY CORI MCCARTHY

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9/23/2016
Image result for YOU WERE HERE BY CORI MCCARTHYGrief 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 favourite 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.

She's not crazy okay? She just doesn't have a whole lot of respect for staying alive.

Jaycee’s brother Jake died devastating his parents, his sister and their friends. It is the summer after graduation, limbo between now and the rest of their lives, and Jaycee Strangelove has yet to get over the death of her brother. You were here is written is such detail and vivid descriptions, I could visuals the destinations and feel the pain of the characters seeping through the pages. Jaycee goes on her insane quest to remember Jake. But she's joined by a group misfits - all with their own reasons for completing the dares and their own brand of dysfunction: the uptight, ex-best friend; the heartbroken poet; the slacker with Peter Pan syndrome; and...Mik. He doesn't talk.

Not going to lie, this was a difficult book. The characters took some warming up to, as did the actual story telling. One thing I have to give You Were Here props for is the storytelling, I really enjoyed that mixed media storytelling and the different point of views, and it brought you closer to the characters. I liked that Jaycee was told in the first person, whereas Natalie and Zach were told in the third person, Bishop’s story was told in a series of artworks and Miks via comic book style. It kept the story fresh and interesting.

The characters, the band of Athens’s finest misfits. Jaycee Strangelove, the girl with the dead brother. Jaycee is the hardest to like out of all the characters, she was brass and at some points, stupid. Then she began to grow on me, there was something about her ‘in your face’ nature that I learned to love.

Natalie was the girl who couldn’t wait to get away to college and begin her new life, leaving all her baggage – namely her boyfriend- behind.

Natalie is the definition goody-two-shoes who really needs to relax at times, but her level-headedness was helpful in dragging Jaycee out of her madness. Not to mention that Natalie was almost polar opposite to her party hard boyfriend Zach. Zach was the joker of the pack and I think the most relatable character. Bishop, the heartbroken boy. Bishop is surviving his tornado ex-girlfriend but just can’t seem to get over her and the ‘love’ that they shared.

However, I have saved the best for last, my favourite character had to be Mikivikious, also known as Mik or Ryan. The broody selective mute and former best friend of Jaycee’s brother. Mik holds a secret burning flame for Jaycee, one he literally struggles to talk to her about.

You Were Here is all about the formation of friendships, falling apart. It a beautiful explores of grief of losing a loved one and the ripples effect of the aftermath on the people all around them.  It focuses on the fear of the unknown, the culmination of relationships, what it means to live recklessly and what it means to be alive.

Cori McCarthy has done an outstanding job of interlacing together the storylines of all the characters building on them showing the world their fears hopes and dreams.


Thank you to Sourcebooks for the ARC in exchange for my honest thoughts!
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