Tuesday, February 16, 2016

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

You Were Here
by Cori McCarthy

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
ISBN-13: 9781492617044
Genre: Death | Grief | NA
Print Length: 400 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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.

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

You Were HereJake was a daredevil, he lived life on the edge, taking dares, doing insane stunts and walking away each time, until his graduation from high school when his wild ways finally caught up with him and he lost both his edge and his life. Five years later and his younger sister, Jaycee cannot let go of his memory or of the Jake she had built up in her mind. Her family has shattered, going from the extremes of taking blame and having a breakdown or pretending Jake didn’t’ exist. Angered, confused and alone, with no one to reach out to for stability, Jaycee seeks to cloak herself in all things Jake, from his clothes to the stunts he pulled, always feeling she was following in his footsteps. But what happens when she has experienced one more day on earth than Jake? What path will she follow? Is it time to make her own way and remember that she will have firsts that Jake never will? Is her obsession with him going to be her downfall, too? How do you honor your personal legend without losing yourself?

Follow this heart-wrenching tale of loss and coming of age, of learning to live for oneself and of trusting in others as Cori McCarthy scrapes your nerves raw with You Were There, the torturous tale of letting go for a group of teens on the brink of adulthood as they reach for hope for the future and remember the past by freeing their own inner demons .

Dark, bold and at times, so filled with gritty emotion there is no way not to become involved in every word, to live out every scene and to feel what each character feels. Some may see this as a search for personal truths, others will see familiar faces in these troubled teens, but no one will walk away unscathed. Powerful, dark and memorable.

I received an ARC edition from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for my honest review.


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