If you are a fan of both graphic novels as well as traditional novels, you are going to LOVE this book.
Jaycee is about to accomplish what her older brother Jake couldn’t: live past graduation.
Jaycee is dealing with her brother’s death the only way she can – by re-creating Jake’s daredevil stunts. The ones that got him killed. She’s not crazy, okay? She just doesn’t have a whole lot of respect for staying alive.
Jaycee doesn’t expect to have help on her insane quest to remember Jake. But she’s joined by a group of unlikely friends – all with their own reasons for completing the dares and their own brand of dysfunction: the uptight, ex-best friend, the heartbroken poet, the slacker with Peter Pan syndrome, and… Mik. He doesn’t talk, but somehow still challenges Jaycee to do the unthinkable-reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.
Length: 400 Pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Before I review the actual book, I have to say that this is one of my favorite covers in a long time. I mean, seriously, so cool. And this isn’t a case of really cool cover, but terrible story. In this case, the cover captures the story perfectly.
My absolute favorite part of this book is that, not only does You Were Here have interesting and complex characters, but it takes turns from their view points. And when it does, it does a fantastic job capturing each individual’s unique disposition. There are a couple characters that are so reserved and withdrawn, that instead of hearing their thoughts and views on the world, their chapters are done as a graphic novel. The images are beautifully drawn and really capture how removed they are from the world. It’s almost like they are seeing the world from the outside, rather than being a part of it. It is AWESOME.
The story line itself is tragic, yet realistic. The death of one person causes heartache and challenges for everyone in the story, but in different ways. It is the journey that they each take to confront life and what their place is in it.
My only complaint is how dramatic it could be at times. Drama isn’t bad, but a lot of it felt like high school/teenage drama and it was a bit much. Granted, most of the characters had just graduated from high school, but still. There were times I just wanted to chuck something and tell them to get over it.
Overall I really did enjoy this book and am giving it 4 out of 5 Stars.
Content (0 being none and 5 being A LOT):
Swearing littered through the book, including the F-word
Some description of the death of Jaycee’s brother and one fight scene
References to sex throughout the book–the characters were pretty obsessed about it, actually. No actual sex scenes.