You Were Here by Cori McCarthy
Teen & Young Adult Fiction
Action. Adventure. Emotional.
March 1, 2016
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.
As the blurb says, this book is an emotional page turner that will leave you emotionally exhausted yet, satisfied. I felt a fairly strong connection with the characters and gained a pretty good understanding towards their actions (mainly Jaycee). While I don’t necessarily agree with the way Jaycee went about her grieving process (seems a bit stupid if you ask me) I can understand why she felt the need to do them. Once again, not everyone grieves the same and for Jaycee, she needed to recreate her brother’s stunts in order to heal.
Overall, this is a good read that really left me feeling emotional. These types of stories really touch my heart because it deals with terrible circumstances and as readers, we get a glimpse into the lives of how people deal with their problems and sadness.
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