You Were Here
Cori McCarthy delivers an emotionally taut page-turner from multiple points of view – combined with stunning illustrations.
Jaycee is about to accomplish what her older brother Jake couldn't: live past graduation.
Jaycee is dealing with her brother's death the only way she can – by re-creating Jake's daredevil stunts. The ones that got him killed. She's not crazy, okay...more
Jaycee's brother Jake was a daredevil, always taking dares and doing crazy stunts. One horrific day, right after he graduated high school... that one dare.... ended his life. You know there are a lot of people that do stunts and things that are dangerous in their lives but in this story, which is I'm sure very true all over the world, you have kids that are drunk and dare each other to do stupid things.
Jaycee walks around with her brother's clothes on, taki ...more
“My mom hated this board. She said he’d break his neck.” Her voice was eerily smooth. Isn’t that funny?”
“I’m not laughing.”
This book was a bit of a disappointment for me.
The characters in this were okay, but I didn’t really like any of them. I didn’t get why Jaycee wanted to recreate her brother’s dares, especially the one that killed him, and the other charac ...more
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Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Before I write this review, I just want to share what had just happened. I stared at my paper almost 10 minutes of how I would justify the book, looking for it’s flaws. But damn! It was just hard to think the cons in this story. It doesn't mean that it was the “perfect one”, “perfect book”, “perfect characters”, “perfect story”. Just a simple description, “perfectl ...more
Wow. This book totally took me by surprise! I love when I get taken by surprise!
Jaycee is still dealing with the death of her big brother 5 years ago, albeit not very well depending on how you look at it. On each anniversary of his death she breaks into an abandoned insane asylum, which was one of her brothers favourite places to do dangerous stunts. Accompanied with one of his old friends, selective mute Mik, and this year joined by some other friends with their own issues, Jaycee must ...more
A story about teens take an urban exploration and friendships developed. Told in five perspectives, each characters tell their stories with raw emotion about their life issues. The concept of this book is fascinating, each perspective is in 1st person (Jaycee), 3rd person (Zach and Natalie), illustration (Bishop) and graphic novel style(Mik).
Among the characters, Jaycee has the best character development Grieving ...more
Jaycee obviously is devastated and at a loss, she blames her brother, but she also grieves for him.
Dare to drink and create stunts and do them, and you have one lethal concoction.
Why is Jaycee walking around with her brother's clothes on?
Why is she acting the same way her brother did whose last stunt cre ...more
On the one hand, I think the writing is top notch. Cori McCarthy is one heck of a talented author, and I really enjoyed her sense of humor in her sentences. There was also a lot of originality to this novel as well. Although I've read a great deal of books that have a similar storyline, this one stood out for me because it doesn't follow the overdone tropes and cliches. It was a fresh read, and that says a lot considering this is YA that we are talking abo ...more
I was unsure about this for the first 20%. It was a sad tale of a traumatized teenage girl who watched her older brother die, lives with her crumbling family, risks her life almost daily and distances herself from any future plans. I do not like to wallow in the dark pool of pain with characters, like the loop Jaycee seemed to be stuck in. Luckily she wasn't stuck for much longer. The past she ...more
Five years after Jake's death his presence is still felt by those tha ...more
Even God can't change the past, no matter how many tears I've cried
(Not part of the book, from Charlotte Church song... that line came to me a few times while I was reading)
This was very touching and my heart did hurt for everyone multiple times, but no tears were forthcoming (this is just me, I don't cry easily at books/movies most times).
The first part of ...more
The characters in this weren't bad, but I didn't warm to them enough to like them.
The pacing was a bit slow for me in this, so it dragged in areas, and I felt quite bored at times because of it. It was an okay read overall though. ...more
I'm going to be honest right off the bat here. I almost skipped this book. For reasons I don't really know. My February TBR was so long and so I scratched some books and this was one of them. But then I decided to pick it up anyway, because something told me it'd be worth it. And you know what? It was. Because this book is so. freaking. good.
You Were Here is about Jaycee. Her brother died right before her eyes doing a crazy stunt because that' ...more
GAH, what even do I say here? This will absolutely end up being one of my favorites of 2016- and all time. I am just going to throw out stuff that I loved because it was all love.
The characters and their development throughout the book was incredible. Jaycee is clearly in need of some development, because she cannot move on at all from her brother's untimely death. But what you do ...more
humping her ankle".
Author, Cori McCarthy had many funny 'doozer' moments as the sentence above-- enjoyable teenage slang and sarcasm, and graphic comics, in this story which dealt with with heavy issues:
the last summer between High School and College ...more
You Were Here was a rollercoaster of emotions. This novel will take you down, bring you back up again, and spin you around a few times before finally slowing to a stop that is both satisfying but makes you eager to ride again.
When the ride started and we began inching up the first hill, I was a little unsure. The main character, Jaycee, was hard to relate to (I mean, even her "friends" strug ...more
I’m always, in some way, able to relate to a main character. It could be small or big, but I try to find something of myself in them, so that their story matters more than if I was reading without feelings. But very rarely, can I relate to a character SO well that it’s as if the author was writing about ME. That’s who Jaycee was to me, an MC straight out of my own head and heart, one that does unlikable shit and says mean things t ...more
**Thank you Sourcebooks for providing me with an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review below.**
This book had me smiling goofily at 5 in the morning. Honestly, it was that good. I don't even know why I've put it off for so long, maybe because I was expecting a cheesy YA contemporary but instead got a touching story about a bunch of misfit teenagers who were just trying to find themselves. The story is told through the alternating POVs of Jaycee -- the daredev ...more
I knew once I saw You Were Here - it would be something I loved. But I didn't expect to be blown away by its honesty & amazing characters that pulled on the heart-strings.
You Were Here is told from the POV of all five characters, Jaycee, Natalie, Zach, Bishop and Mik. What makes it unique was the formatting. It's blend of first person, third person, art (like graffiti) and a graphic novel. It was brilliant for many reasons - but I ...more
Have you ever read a book that is written well, BUT you pretty much want to throttle all of the characters inside of it?
This is pretty much one of those books.
It deals a lot with grief and the grieving process -- different for everyone and by situation too.
But I couldn't quite get that connection with the characters and that sort of distanced me from the ...more
This book completely took me by surprise and it is one that I cannot recommend enough! From the flawed characters, to a shipworthy romance, and unexpected formatting that knocked my socks off, I was hooked from the beginning.
I did not expect multiple POVs, but I have to say it really worked. I liked getting to know all of the characters and the way McCarthy handled two character's POVs in particular, was pretty genius. As I said, the characters are flawed. They are all dealing with th ...more
You Were Here is a story told from ...more
‘“Do you guys know what a Gordian knot is?” Bishop asked. “Some people think that it represents time. A tangle of sorts, but basically, it implies that anything that happened is still happening. That the past is never gone. The future already exists. Spirals upon spirals.” He cleared his throat. “So really, everyone who was ever here is still here. In a sense.”’
Grief is such a complicated topic to write about. There are as many ways of grieving as there are people. It’s awfully easy to reduce it ...more
An OK read, but one that ultimately didn't leave much of an impression on me.
It seemd interesting at first—although, as usual in such cases, I don't really see the point of having a first person narrative for one character, and a third person one for the others. Including comics pages for one of the characters was a nice idea, as it enhanced how the guy very seldom talks, and the “silence” of the panels, combined w ...more
Told through rotating POVs of five teenagers, this books concentrates on friendships and relationships and the difficulties in making and maintaining these. It is a coming-of-age st ...more
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…earned degrees in poetry and screenwriting before falling in love with writing for children and young adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. They have authored four acclaimed YA novels, with a middle grade series, young adult contemporary, and nonfiction picture book forthcoming. Cory coauthored the bestselling ONCE & FUTURE, a finalist for the New England Book Award, with ...more