Book: You Were Here
Author: Cori McCarthy
Published: March 1, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Summary: 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.
*This was provided for free by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion or the review to follow. *
This was the perfectly imperfect contemporary read I was looking for after blasting through the last few fantasy books I’ve been into lately. And when I say imperfect, that’s only referring to the characters themselves, which as I’ve mentioned before, I love when they’re not totally perfect. I love a good book that represents life accurately, which is definitely including the imperfections people have.
I also love when books are based on actual places that I can look up, or even go to if I’m feeling adventurous and they’re close by, and this book totally did! I’m sure that some of the places aren’t there anymore, but they were at one point and that’s just really cool to me.
The ones I would love to go to would have to be The Moonville Tunnel or maybe The Ridges Asylum, although I doubt that one is still up..
I mean, look how cool these places look! Granted, The Ridges might be incredibly creepy… But honestly, the places worth going to are always a little creepy. Plus, I’m slightly obsessed with history and I love how old that place is. It’s just too cool to me.
Now moving on to the actual story and characters. This book was written in such a way that it felt like I was reading about friends I’d known for years. She depicted how they were feeling, their reactions to certain things, and their point of view so well, it was like I was literally in their heads. I think the last time I read a book this quickly was probably when I first picked up City of Bones.. Don’t get me wrong, they’re literally nothing alike in plot line or characters, buuuuuut the writing is pretty bomb in both of them and made it super easy to read.
Obviously, since I always like to fall in love with the outcasts of books, I fell in love with Mik. Something about him reminded me of Varen from Nevermore, and that’s pretty much my favorite book of all time, so it was pretty much destined I would love him.
Also, totally fell in love with Jaycee. I loved her from the first page, simply because of her ‘I don’t care’ attitude and the way she just called everything how she saw it. It’s so refreshing to see a main character like that, versus an uptight and judgmental one. Which her ex best friend, Natalie, kind of was, but she grew while I was reading their stories, so it didn’t bother me.
I recommend this book if you’re looking for a contemporary that’s a little deeper than your average love story. There is love in here, plenty to go around, but it doesn’t depict it in the cheesy and not at all accurate way that most YA books are these days. It shows the ups and downs, the sweet and romantic, to the pain and sad side of it, and it’s beautiful.