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The day after Meg died, I received this letter:
I regret to inform you that I have had to take my own life. This decision has been a long time coming, and was mine alone to make. I know it will cause you pain, and for that I am sorry, but please know that I needed to end my own pain. This has nothing to do with you and everything to do with me. It’s not your fault.
She emailed copies of the letter to her parents and to me, and to the Tacoma police department, along with another note informing them which motel she was at, which room she was in, what poison she had ingested, and how her body should be safely handled. On the pillow at the motel room was another note—instructing the maid to call the police and not touch her body—along with a fifty-dollar tip.
She sent the emails on a time delay. So that she would be long gone by the time we received them.
Of course, I didn’t know any of that until later. So when I first read Meg’s email on the computer at our town’s public library, I thought it had to be some kind of joke. Or a hoax. So I called Meg, and when she didn’t answer, I called her parents.
“Did you get Meg’s email?” I asked them.
- ASIN : B00KWG9J2W
- Publisher : Viking Books for Young Readers (January 27, 2015)
- Publication date : January 27, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 3084 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 290 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0451471474
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,126 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There is something for everyone in "I Was Here". It's full of mystery, tragedy, drama, romance, and even a little comedic relief here and there. I cannot express how much I enjoyed reading this -- I think it only took me about three or four days to breeze through it because I loved it so much. Forman is a fantastic author, and the way she developed this story to highlight and pay homage to a real-life occurrence of the same situation was truly touching, inspiring, and even heartbreaking. Although it's labeled as YA fiction, I think it's for all readers. I enjoyed reading this YA fiction as an adult; I picked this one up to soften my distaste for novels in this category after seeing "13 Reasons Why" come on the scene and feeling like there had to be a more realistic portrayal of the questions we all have surrounding suicide and mental illness. THIS BOOK is the one people should be reading if they want a closer look. Maybe not solely this book, but this one is a good start, and it helps start the conversation that needs to be had in our society about what we can do for those with mental illness, and sometimes, maybe even what we cannot do, or what we feel we could have done, or what we will always wonder, day after day... THAT is the impact that this type of tragedy has, as this novel depicts. Beautiful story - I definitely recommend it.
Before Cody has figured it out, though, she is shocked by the discovery that Meg has killed herself. In a motel room all alone. And she had scheduled the release of her suicide notes, making it clear that everything was planned out to the last detail.
Joe and Sue Garcia, Meg’s parents, are devastated, and when Cody offers to go to Tacoma to pick up Meg’s things, they seem relieved.
I Was Here was a journey, one taken by a grieving young woman who cannot believe that her best friend would willingly leave this life. A journey that will provide unexpected answers, and not the ones Cody was hoping to find.
We are offered a peek into the life Meg lived with her housemates, none of whom really knew her. We see how Cody comes to realize that, despite what she has hoped to prove by her investigation of the Final Solutions website and the people there who seem to “mentor” young people into how to kill themselves, what she discovers instead is a way to make peace with who Meg was…and who she was, too. Not a mystery, really, but a winding exploration of the meaning of friendship and connections. A book I could not put down. 5 stars.
That's a very painful difficult experience when you have no one else to trust or confide in. Building relationships takes trust and time. People around her have not behaved in a way to build trust and being suddenly alone doesn't change that. You don't just leap into am intimate friendship because the last one you had is gone there is no replacement waiting in the wings.
All that said i did enjoy this book. Its a good journey story about evaluating your perceptions and first impressions. Muddling through a tragedy as best you can when you have no one to turn to. I do have an appreciation for darker subject matter so it may not suit tastes of the majority but i feel it has important lessons.