Convince Me To Read (9): You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

Posted April 16, 2016 by Jamie in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 1 Comment

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While we all have fairly similar tastes, sometimes we need a little push to read a certain book. The Convince Me to Read Review will be a review of the novel plus a section on why we think the other would enjoy it.

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Convince Me To Read (9): You Were Here by Cori McCarthyYou Were Here by Cori McCarthy
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 1st 2016
ISBN: 1492617040
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 400
Source: Sourcebooks Fire

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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.

Jamie’s review

I am ruined. This book has taken my heart and my feelings and stomped on them until they were beyond repair. In the best of ways though.

I never expected to get so attached to these characters so quickly. After the first two perspectives I was invested in their lives and relationships, especially between Natalie and Jaycee (AND JAYCEE AND MIK). I think the switching of perspectives combined with HOW the perspectives were told really added something to the story and to the personalities of the characters.

I liked that the grief of Jake’s death affected all the characters in a different way, even Bishop who wasn’t around when Jake was alive. I liked the exposition of Jaycee’s different stages of grief, Natalie’s panic attacks, and even Mik’s selective muteness that were seen from outside their heads and inside them as well. It was wonderfully done and written.

The only thing I didn’t necessarily like was that at like 67% I felt like the story was close to being wrapped up but it took much longer than I thought. It wasn’t that the other adventure spots weren’t good, it just felt like it was getting to be a bit repetitive. Although the mall was the best because that is where everything came to the front, but it just felt like we were getting a lot of the same story just in different locations.

McCarthy is a great writer and an excellent storyteller though. She really had a grasp on how different people would handle different situations and that awkward time between high school and university where you need that one last huzzah with your friends but also need to start moving forward. I think this was best seen with Zach but I also liked Natalie’s change throughout the novel.

I just had so much love for this book and it’s hard to explain why. I just think you have to read it. Beware though: not only will it make you feel things, it will spoil the last Harry Potter book and movie if you haven’t read/seen it yet. But yes, highly highly recommend this one!

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DANI JUST READ THIS. PREPARE TO CRY. Also, I think Dani will really enjoy the different formats to tell the story. It adds a lot of depth to the story and she will like seeing how each character views themselves and the world around them through their narrative. I just want Dani to read this so we can squish each other and cry.

About Cori McCarthy

Cori McCarthy started writing when she was thirteen. She earned a BA in Creative Writing from Ohio University, focusing in memoir writing and poetry. After graduation she completed UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Appalachian Ohio. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

In geographical history, Cori was born on Guam, grew up in New England and the Midwest, studied abroad in Ireland, and now lives in Michigan. She’s traveled everywhere from Scotland to St. Petersburg, Albania to Montenegro. Like her hero Walt Whitman, her favorite city on the planet is Washington, D.C., and her favorite off-planet city is Entra.

Cori is the author of several YA books. Kirkus called her debut novel, THE COLOR OF RAIN, “[an] elegantly written and emotionally cathartic page-turner.” Her second novel, BREAKING SKY, received starred reviews from School Library Journal and the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books and is currently in development to become a film by Sony Pictures. Kirkus reviewed it as “smart, exciting, confident–and quite possibly the next Big Thing.” Her third book, YOU WERE HERE, is a contemporary mixed media novel that earned a starred review from the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books and was hailed a VOYA Best Book.

Cori’s novel in verse, Name Me America, won the Middle Grade category for the 2014 Katherine Paterson Prize. Cori is also the co-founder of Rainbow Boxes, a charitable initiative aiming to bring LGBTQIA fiction to community libraries and GSAs across America. Tweet @RainbowBoxesYA or watch a three minute commercial for the initiative.

Cori is a contributing blogger at Through the Tollbooth and a freelance editor with Yellow Bird Editor.

One response to “Convince Me To Read (9): You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

  1. I think it’s super cool the the author was able to convey SO MANY feels in so many different POVS. This isa sometimes a hard thing to do but if done right, it can actually be a good thing which in this case, I’m guessing that it was! I’m so glad you enjoyed this boo! <

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