You Were Here

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 is the classic tale of a manic pixie dream girl, torn to shreds and pasted back together in utter disarray. And I mean that as a terrific compliment. Imagine if Cara Delevingne’s character from Paper Towns was not just a figment of Q’s imagination, if we actually saw her human form instead of the paper version Q had envisioned. That is what Jaycee is, beautiful, sarcastic, and a tomboy–perfect MPDG material. She’s also terribly damaged.

The difference is, we actually see all of that damage right up front. We go through all of her healing, and much of the book is written from her perspective. There are other POV too, but really this is Jaycee’s story.

Another fantastic part of the book is the artwork. Cori McCarthy didn’t just write prose, she also included comic panels and gorgeous graffiti drawings to show action and character development. Can all books have this please? It almost adds a fanart-type quality to the book that we all flock to Tumblr for…right in the story! LOVE IT. YES PLEASE.

I couldn’t put this down, even so far that I downloaded it on my phone so I could read it on the train to and from the hockey game on date night–sorry Hubs. It comes out today, and if you like YA, this is a must read.

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NetGalley provided this ARC for unbiased review. Releases March 1.

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