You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

Looking for a dark contemporary?


You Were Here by Cori McCarthy is a young adult contemporary following the sudden death of a girl’s older brother.

you were here.jpgSynopsis:

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 Review:

While reading this, I felt very dark.  This book encompasses a lot of dark writing.  Our main character is stuck in the shadows of her brother’s untimely death. She is stuck in the moment and always dreads on his life. She has very negative feelings and emotions that seem to just suck you down with her.

But even though this is a dark story, many of the people around her are trying to counteract the balance. We get to see four points of view and the effects the brother’s death has on them. A really creative point of view that I really liked about this book is that use of different storytelling mediums. One of the characters is selectively-mute, so the author used a graphic-novel-based artwork to tell his story instead of using words.

Also another spin the author gives us is another character’s chapter us a single drawing of his artwork that he creates as the story goes along.  I personally have never seen a book using these styles in one story, and I think that by using these elements has led to a stronger reading experience and a better grasp of the story.  Not only do we get to read the character’s thoughts, but we also get to explore the sights of the book.

I think the author did a wonderful job in bringing a lot of emotion through her writing. There is a lot of risk and adventure in her quests.  Some scenes brought on a spooky-paranormal-like quality, especially at the abandoned asylum. I kept waiting for some ghost or activity to scare the crap out of me, so some parts you may want to read during the day..

Overall, I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. If you like stories that have a dark writing style, but at the same time, make you strive for hope, this is a great book to read. Especially if you love different formats of YA books.  I gave it only 3 because I personally thought it was too dark for my taste, but it is a great book to explore.

More Book Information:

Published: 1 March 2016

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Pages: 400

How I Read It: NetGalley from pubisher

**Disclaimer: I received this eBook from the publisher through NetGalley. All of my reviews are of my opinions and thoughts only.  I was not influenced in any way to say any of these things**

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