You Were Here is about a girl named Jaycee who is grieving the loss of her daredevil brother, Jake. On the the anniversary of his death, Jaycee attempts to break into his favourite hideout - ruins of an insane asylum (yes it does sound creepy). There she is joined by four classmates and discovers a map detailing her brother's exploration and unfinished dares. Jaycee vows to complete the dares as a tribute to Jake. What she didn't expect was her eccentric friends challenging her to do the unthinkable: reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.
The novel is both unique and captivating...just not that captivating. The characters were not as entertaining to read, don't get me wrong they were wonderfully written. The pace was rather slow and I round myself losing interest in the novel. The characters were alright, the plot was alright, and the ending was alright (if you have not noticed yet, the one word I would describe this novel as is "alright"). I just did not enjoy the novel as much as I had hoped I would.
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
ARC was kindly provided by publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
About The Author:
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.
WNDB_ButtonCori’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.