Description from Goodreads:
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.
Miss Riki’s Review:
This book does an excellent job of addressing the ambiguity that comes with death by suicide. I was immediately on Cody’s side as she struggled to make sense of a senseless death and found the mystery element of this story to be intriguing as Cody follows clues on the path to answers. She is blind sighted by losing Meg and will stop at nothing to find out answers. I can relate to this desire to find out the truth and loved how strong and independent Cody was along the way.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, but I had a difficult time with the romance. I dislike the idea that Cody would fall in bed with a boy that her best friend was in love with and found Ben and Cody’s romance off-kilter. It is still well written on the page, but the dynamics of the whole thing just didn’t sit well with me. However, it’s a personal preference and doesn’t have any bearing on the wonderful writing of this book.
I’m a huge fan of Gayle Forman, and this book was a beautifully written story of friendship that is incredibly life-affirming in the end.