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Books You Were Here MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading ListJaycee s brother Jake was a daredevil always taking dares and

Books You Were Here MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListJaycee's brother Jake was a daredevil, always taking dares and doing crazy stunts. One horrific day, right after he graduated high school... that one dare.... ended his life. You know there are a lot of people that do stunts and things that are dangerous in their lives but in this story, which is I'm sure very true all over the world, you have kids that are drunk and dare each other to do stupid things. Jaycee walks around with her brother's clothes on, taking dares, acting out. People are afraid of her and her crazy behavior, she never really went through the grieving process. Jaycee's old friends and some new ones come together to try to get through things as a group, to help Jaycee and to help one another. Each one of these kids have secrets and they will be revealed and they will get through them, together. --->EXCERPT<---"Natalie was my best friend from preschool through seventh grade," Jaycee said to Bishop. "You wouldn't've guessed it, would you?"Natalie poked Jaycee in the shoulder. "I was the only one who put up with how you let whatever's in your head fall out of your mouth.""And I put up with you turning forty on your eighth birthday."They narrowed their eyes on each other.There is a lot of stupidity going on within this group, but I still liked them. I wanted to smack a few of them several times, but you know, that's okay, I feel that way a lot with characters in books. These characters still got to me and I fell in love with the whole story line. The little group consists of Jaycee, Mik, Natalie, Bishop and Zach. They all go on little journey's together that Jaycee's brother had on a map she found. Also, Jaycee and Mik have a secret crush on each other that comes out in the book in a very crazy/sweet way. I loved Mik's character the most. Zach and Natalie were on and off, they have a weird thing going and Bishop is the one with a broken heart from another girl. Some of them have some mental issues that they have to deal with and no one else knows about. I felt sorry for a lot of them. But to be honest, I would have loved to have gone to all of the places they visited.....BUT...not for all of the reasons they did, I mean no death in the family or friend or anything. Jaycee, Jake, Mik and Natalie pretty much grew up together. The boys being around 5 years older. --->EXCERPT<---"Oh, we were not. Jake and him"-Natalie pointed to Mik-"were doing that. Jaycee and I were in the middle of a controlled reenactment of the discovery of King Tut's tomb-which had taken us weeks to prepare, I might add-when Jake got the brilliant idea to fill the pumpkin with gasoline and try to shoot a flaming arrow at it. So I tattled. That's right, I tattled, and we're all still alive, so you're welcome." She realized what she'd said way too late. "Well, not all of us, but..." She glanced at Jaycee and was stunned to find her beaming. "I'd completely forgotten about the gasoline. Think about the explosion!""King Tut? Flaming arrows? I wish I grew up with you guys," Bishop said.These kids have to go through some really sad revelations, share secrets they have kept and that have put some of them into therapy for a few years. They have to confess and try to forgive. There was just something about this book that I really loved and it's already on my Amazon Wishlist. The book has graphics inside too and I want to see those in the real book! It's just too cool. Also, at the end of the book the author talks about the places in the book, they were/are real! She says to google them and some of the places are still open to the public! I would love to see them. All of them even though some are no longer there. I'm going to list pictures of the ones she mentions. *I would like to thank NETGALLEY and SOURCEBOOKS for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*↓ This was The Ridges TB Ward that was torn to the ground. The kids in the book are running around in this building, well not running per se! ↓ This was the Randall Park Mall, the kids in the book went sneaking into, and one of them got hurt. ↓ This was The Geauga Lake Amusement Park the kids sneaked into as well. You can still see The Big Dipper in the background, they climb on this in the book and some other things are found when they are there. The author worked here as a zombie, she said it was her first job :-) How cool! ↓ This is The Moonville Tunnel that you can still visit today! ↓ And last but not least, this is the Gates of Hell that you can still visit today. You can google all of these things to read about them and I thank the author for adding this information for us. . You Were Here are Book 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 daGrief 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.. Cori McCarthy Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the You Were Here book, this is one of the most wanted Cori McCarthy author readers around the world. . Bestseller Kindle You Were Here Grief is a very unique thing. This book shows it in different facets. The main focus is on Jaycee and the loss of her older brother but the story manages to capture the ways that others too were affected. Natalie is the uptight ex-best friend who doesn't know where life will lead her and is scared by what that means. In her fear, she makes some really big mistakes but she also does some good. She's not as put together as people think. Her boyfriend Zach is underestimated and he doesn't have a plan. More than anything he's got this very touching emotional and protective side that makes me want to comfort him. Bishop is his best friend. They have grown apart largely due to a failed love relationship that Bishop is still trying to get over. Tyler is Zach's brother and best friend to the deceased. He's cruel to his siblings. We get a little insight into his form of grief but it doesn't excuse his actions. Finally, Mik is the former best friend to Jaycee's lost brother. He's literally the strong silent type. A selective mute. There's so much depth to him though and the writer manages to convey it in an amazing way considering he doesn't talk most of the book lol. He was very much my favorite. Jaycee struggles to find herself on the other side of the loss of her brother. She's this beautiful yet surprisingly awkward teen that you hope finds her way. I felt like I was able to connect with the characters which is something I don't find very often. The story itself is very innovative. It combines art via Bishop's constant tagging (you actually get to see "what he drew"), graphic novel styling in Mik's POV, and typical story telling. I found the writing engaging and the build up and angst intense. There are sex scenes but not between the H and h and not descriptive in nature. Safety gang: there is cheating but NOT by our heroine/hero. She is very naive in the romance department. ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Grief is a very unique thing This book shows it in different facets The main focus is on Jaycee and the loss of her older brother but the story manages to capture the ways that others too were affected Natalie is the uptight ex best friend who doesn t know where life will lead her and is scared by what that means In her fear, she makes some really big mistakes but she also does some good She s not as put together as people think Her boyfriend Zach is underestimated and he doesn t have a plan Mor [...]


  2. MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading ListJaycee s brother Jake was a daredevil, always taking dares and doing crazy stunts One horrific day, right after he graduated high school that one dare ended his life You know there are a lot of people that do stunts and things that are dangerous in their lives but in this story, which is I m sure very true all over the world, you have kids that are drunk and dare each other to do stupid things Jaycee walks around with her brother s clothes on, taking dares, a [...]


  3. EDIT 28 12 HFK s Best YA Read in 2016.Loss and grief, so common occurrences and emotional burdens most of us face in some point of our lives, but still so individual and differing experiences that it is often challenging to truly understand how someone else deals and process life s forces however similar they might be in details, however much it feels as if you could relate to them That is what You Were Here is all about A process of grief after a loss, how overpowering and consuming it can be, [...]


  4. Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley My mom hated this board She said he d break his neck Her voice was eerily smooth Isn t that funny I m not laughing This book was a bit of a disappointment for me.The characters in this were okay, but I didn t really like any of them I didn t get why Jaycee wanted to recreate her brother s dares, especially the one that killed him, and the other characters were just generally [...]


  5. Review originally posted at WordpressThank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Before I write this review, I just want to share what had just happened I stared at my paper almost 10 minutes of how I would justify the book, looking for it s flaws But damn It was just hard to think the cons in this story It doesn t mean that it was the perfect one , perfect book , perfect characters , perfect story Just a simple description, perfectly imperfect [...]


  6. 4.5 StarsWow This book totally took me by surprise I love when I get taken by surprise Jaycee is still dealing with the death of her big brother 5 years ago, albeit not very well depending on how you look at it On each anniversary of his death she breaks into an abandoned insane asylum, which was one of her brothers favourite places to do dangerous stunts Accompanied with one of his old friends, selective mute Mik, and this year joined by some other friends with their own issues, Jaycee must sta [...]


  7. Thank you Sourcebooks Fire for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.A story about teens take an urban exploration and friendships developed Told in five perspectives, each characters tell their stories with raw emotion about their life issues The concept of this book is fascinating, each perspective is in 1st person Jaycee , 3rd person Zach and Natalie , illustration Bishop and graphic novel style Mik Among the characters, Jaycee has the best character developmentGrieving over the l [...]


  8. Jake was a daredevil, he lived life on the edge, taking dares, doing insane stunts and walking away each time, until his graduation from high school when his wild ways finally caught up with him and he lost both his edge and his life Five years later and his younger sister, Jaycee cannot let go of his memory or of the Jake she had built up in her mind Her family has shattered, going from the extremes of taking blame and having a breakdown or pretending Jake didn t exist Angered, confused and alo [...]


  9. Jaycee s brother Jake was a bit of a dare devil, he always walked on the wild side of life and liked nothing better than to take chances Except, his last chance ran out and he fell to his death.Jaycee obviously is devastated and at a loss, she blames her brother, but she also grieves for him.Dare to drink and create stunts and do them, and you have one lethal concoction.Why is Jaycee walking around with her brother s clothes on Why is she acting the same way her brother did whose last stunt crea [...]


  10. This story of a group of people broken by the careless death of one boy will pul you in and not let go.I was unsure about this for the first 20% It was a sad tale of a traumatized teenage girl who watched her older brother die, lives with her crumbling family, risks her life almost daily and distances herself from any future plans I do not like to wallow in the dark pool of pain with characters, like the loop Jaycee seemed to be stuck in Luckily she wasn t stuck for much longer The past she so d [...]


  11. This is like 4.5 stars.This book left me with so many emotions It s the story of Jaycee, a self destructive teenage girl who has just succeeded in doing what her daring brother, Jake, did not live past graduating high school In the summer before life is supposed to start, Jaycee and four other misfits from all walks of life band together to form an unlikely alliance that embarks on a crazy journey of remembrance for Jake Each of these characters is broken in some sort of way, most of it somehow [...]


  12. My feelings for this novel are so mixed.On the one hand, I think the writing is top notch Cori McCarthy is one heck of a talented author, and I really enjoyed her sense of humor in her sentences There was also a lot of originality to this novel as well Although I ve read a great deal of books that have a similar storyline, this one stood out for me because it doesn t follow the overdone tropes and cliches It was a fresh read, and that says a lot considering this is YA that we are talking about N [...]


  13. Jake was a daredevil and always tempted fate with his crazy stunts He did urban exploring, going into abandoned places and coming up with the most dangerous thing to try, climbing elevator shafts, climbing old roller coasters, climbing up on roofs Unfortunately on the day Jake graduated from high school he was drinking and someone dared him to back flip off the playground equipment at which time he fell and snapped his neck Five years after Jake s death his presence is still felt by those that h [...]


  14. What do I know about anything other than how fast the world can break and how very long it takes to put all the pieces back together Even God can t change the past, no matter how many tears I ve cried Not part of the book, from Charlotte Church song that line came to me a few times while I was reading This was very touching and my heart did hurt for everyone multiple times, but no tears were forthcoming this is just me, I don t cry easily at books movies most times The first part of the book it [...]


  15. The death of a sibling and close friend is difficult at the best of times, but when it is a teen who was celebrating his graduation with friends, playing around and doing a dare in front of them, it has a dramatic impact on all of them and their relationships Jake died whilst fooling around and doing a stunt he d completed successfully hundreds of times before Since then his sister, Jaycee, has been trying to recreate his daredevil stunts without any real consideration for keeping herself safe I [...]


  16. I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review The characters in this weren t bad, but I didn t warm to them enough to like them The pacing was a bit slow for me in this, so it dragged in areas, and I felt quite bored at times because of it It was an okay read overall though.



  17. Quite The Novel Idea Words from the Clouds4.5 starsI m going to be honest right off the bat here I almost skipped this book For reasons I don t really know My February TBR was so long and so I scratched some books and this was one of them But then I decided to pick it up anyway, because something told me it d be worth it And you know what It was Because this book is so freaking good.You Were Here is about Jaycee Her brother died right before her eyes doing a crazy stunt because that s what he di [...]


  18. You can find the full review and all the fancy and or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight GAH, what even do I say here This will absolutely end up being one of my favorites of 2016 and all time I am just going to throw out stuff that I loved because it was all love.The characters and their development throughout the book was incredible Jaycee is clearly in need of some development, because she cannot move on at all from her brother s untimely death But what you don t realize [...]


  19. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review You Where Here was a rollercoaster of emotions This novel will take you down, bring you back up again, and spin you around a few times before finally slowing to a stop that is both satisfying but makes you eager to ride again.When the ride started and we began inching up the first hill, I was a little unsure The main character, Jaycee, was hard to relate to I mean, even her friends struggled to [...]


  20. I chuckled at the memory, and Natalie looked at me like I was a Chihuahua humping her ankle Author, Cori McCarthy had many funny doozer moments as the sentence above enjoyable teenage slang and sarcasm, and graphic comics, in this story which dealt with with heavy issues death, self harm, relationships conflicts, selective mutism, anger, grief, loss, violence,family challenges, sibling rivalry,divorce, Fear,TearsSadness, Serious worry,ANDe last summer between High School and College years the le [...]



  21. eARC kindly provided by Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley My Review I m always, in some way, able to relate to a main character It could be small or big, but I try to find something of myself in them, so that their story matters than if I was reading without feelings But very rarely, can I relate to a character SO well that it s as if the author was writing about ME That s who Jaycee was to me, an MC straight out of my own head and heart, one that does unlikable shit and says mean things to the on [...]


  22. 4.5 stars Thank you Sourcebooks for providing me with an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review below This book had me smiling goofily at 5 in the morning Honestly, it was that good I don t even know why I ve put it off for so long, maybe because I was expecting a cheesy YA contemporary but instead got a touching story about a bunch of misfit teenagers who were just trying to find themselves The story is told through the alternating POVs of Jaycee the daredevil, Natalie [...]


  23. See this review AND enter to win a copy on my blog, LilybloombooksI knew once I saw You Were Here it would be something I loved But I didn t expect to be blown away by its honesty amazing characters that pulled on the heart strings.You Were Here is told from the POV of all five characters, Jaycee, Natalie, Zach, Bishop and Mik What makes it unique was the formatting It s blend of first person, third person, art like graffiti and a graphic novel It was brilliant for many reasons but I have to poi [...]


  24. I absolutely loved this book It kept me glued to the page because I just wanted to know what was going to happen next This book was hauntingly intense, and while it was painful to read at times, it was also hopeful and heartwarming The writing was incredible, the art poetry fantastic and the graphic panels added so much to this story I was left me feeling emotionally drained in the best kind of way an absolute emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.You Were Here is a story told from five d [...]


  25. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Have you ever read a book that is written well, BUT you pretty much want to throttle all of the characters inside of it This is pretty much one of those books It deals a lot with grief and the grieving process different for everyone and by situation too But I couldn t quite get that connection with the characters and that sort of distanced me from the book [...]



  26. Two things, before I dive into the meat of this review One, this is the first YA Contemporary book that I ve read in about a year so I m coming into this with fresh eyes It s entirely possible that has also biased me to love this book, so let s get that out of the way before anything else Two, although I was given a copy of this to review back in 2016, it has taken me this long to get to it I actually borrowed it from the library to read, and I m not sorry in the least Now that you know where I [...]


  27. 4.5 5 starsThis book completely took me by surprise and it is one that I cannot recommend enough From the flawed characters, to a shipworthy romance, and unexpected formatting that knocked my socks off, I was hooked from the beginning.I did not expect multiple POVs, but I have to say it really worked I liked getting to know all of the characters and the way McCarthy handled two character s POVs in particular, was pretty genius As I said, the characters are flawed They are all dealing with their [...]


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