Thursday, July 3, 2014

Cover Reveal: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

USA Today Book Buzz revealed a first look at the cover of Gayle Forman's next teen book, I Was Here, this morning. The story is inspired by a non-fiction article that Gayle Forman wrote on teen suicide.

I Was Here is about a morbid online suicide support group that's less than supportive.

From Book Buzz:
Aimed at readers 14 and older, it begins when a girl named Meg sends a time-delayed e-mail to her best friend before killing herself by drinking a bottle of industrial cleaner. The friend, Cody, ends up investigating Meg's final days and how she was influenced by an online support group.

Forman says she was inspired by reporting she did for a 2008 article in Cosmopolitan magazine about three young women who had attempted or committed suicide: "One of the women, a 19-year-old named Suzy Gonzales, really stayed with me, in part because as I spoke to her friends and relatives what emerged was a picture of a bright, creative, charismatic non-conformist."

Forman, who began her career writing for Seventeen, adds, "I kept having to remind myself I wasn't profiling an up-and-coming actor or musician or writer. I was profiling someone I would never in fact meet."

The real-life Suzy inspired the fictional Meg, who takes her own life in the opening pages of I Was Here.

To read an exclusive excerpt from I Was Here, head over to Book Buzz.

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