Sunday, March 13, 2016

Book Review: You Were Here

Title You Were Here
Author Cori McCarthy
Release Date March 1, 2016

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.

I debated back and forth with myself for a bit on whether or not I even wanted to read this book.

You Were Here was an interesting story. The pacing was slow in some parts (more so in the first half of the book than the second half). I felt like I spent a good chunk of time waiting for something to happen rather than really enjoying the story.

I've seen a few early reviews on Goodreads in which people talk about the characters and how they didn't find them relatable or they felt disconnected from them. A few reviews didn't like the characters at all. While I can understand the disconnect (surprisingly, this didn't lessen my enjoyment of the story like it normally might have), I enjoyed the characters. Their issues and brokenness felt real to me. They were all learning to deal with their own crap while still being a friend.

You Were Here was an enjoyable book for me. It was pretty well written with an interesting story line and characters that felt realistic and unique.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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