You Were Here by Cori McCarthy


I received this from NetGallery as an ARC.

Author: Cori McCarthy
Published on: March 1, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Fiction
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN: 1492617040
Pages: 400


Grief turned Jaycee into a daredevil, but can she dare to deal with her past?

On the anniversary of her dardevil 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 disfunction, 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.



Pardon my language, but holy crap.

I adored this book. I started it yesterday, and I read straight through until I had to go to something mandatory for my dorm. Then I woke up early this morning to finish it.

First off, the writing is spectacular. McCarthy writes in such a way that I can clearly picture what’s happening. I love the way that McCarthy integrates art with the book, and it perfectly fits the characters that she puts it in with. McCarthy wrote the characters in a way that I could relate to, and they were completely realistic. The characters all had depth to them, and the depth of the characters was explored.

The storyline was good, and it definitely had some twists and turns that surprised me. The book kept me on my toes at all times, and had my heart pounding. When the characters felt happy, or sad, or angry, I felt it along with them. I fell in love with the characters, and when I finished it, it kind of felt like I had lost a friend, or I had finished a part of my life.

Either way, I would recommend this book to anyone. There’s not a whole lot of strong language, there is mention of sex, and there is definitely violence and some things that are described in detail, so I would say 16+ most likely.


5 out of 5 stars


4 thoughts on “You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

  1. Gaaaaah, I’m so jealous! I requested this from Netgalley a while ago and was denied, which means I also missed out on the limited time “read now” deal they had the other day. Guess I’ll just have to wait for the published copy. XD

    Great review–thanks for sharing! Now I REALLY want to read it!


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