Bitsy Words: You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

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Bitsy Words: You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

Bitsy Words: You Were Here by Cori McCarthyYou Were Here by Cori McCarthy
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Pub Date: March 1st 2016
Pages: 400
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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2.5 Stars

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.

Jaycee’s brother Jake loved to do crazy stunts, he’d take any dare, and he lived for the adrenaline rush. One day, that love of the thrill cost Jake his life when one of his dangerous stunts kills him. Five years later, his sister Jaycee is still recovering from the lost and the trauma. Now, she wants to be just like Jake and tries to recreate moments in his life to feel closer to him.

The book follows several characters. Jaycee’s ex-friend Natalie, Natalie’s boyfriend Zach, their friend Bishop, and Jake’s childhood friend Mikivikious. Honestly, I didn’t connect with any of the characters. I didn’t find any of them particularly likable. That being said, I did like how each character had their own struggles to overcome throughout the story. They all had their own personal demons that they had to deal with. Mik was by far my favorite. He was quiet and supportive, all he wants is to help Jaycee. Plus, I really loved the illustrations that we’re given for his POV. One major downside was that with all the different POVs it was hard to give the characters the depth and focus they needed to make them a little more well rounded.

The pace of this book was a little slow, it was more character driven than plot driven, which was difficult for me because the characters were pretty bland. Overall, It is a good story about grief, finding yourself, and figuring out who you want to be.

 

 

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Tamara @ Gone with the Words

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Tamara is a 20 something living in Florida. She spends most of her time obsessing over fictional characters and reading anything she can get her hands on. She loves superheroes, comic books, and her dog. You can usually find her curled up with a good book or watching her favorite TV shows or movies.

2 Responses to “Bitsy Words: You Were Here by Cori McCarthy”

    • Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Thanks! This one just wasn’t for me, but I’m glad you enjoyed it :)

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