Jaycee’s brother, Jack, died years before because of an ill performed back flip, somebody dared him and Jack Strangelove always faced his dares (and from here we could begin reasoning about this character idiocy).
His sister – and their parents as well – did not overcome his loss, and Jaycee begun living in her brother’s room and wearing his clothes and imitating his follies.
From these premises the novel develops during the summer after Jaycee graduation; she aims to re-do all Jack dares and a group of “ex” friends will do them with her. Among them Nathalie, her ex best friend, no more friend since Jack death, Nathalie’s boyfriend Jake and their friend Bishop. The last member of the group is Mik, a friend of Jake and clearly romantically interested in Jaycee.
As in the most of contemporary YA, here we have to deal about past traumas – for the most of the characters – that are mostly fixed during the story. I do not think the novel stands out for the characters or other particular features, moreover I found the characters somewhat annoying. Each chapter is about one of them, and on one hand I liked the idea to let two of them (Bishop and Mik) speak in an original way (respectively by graffiti and as a graphic novel), on the other hand I did not like the abrupt change from first to third person in the other cases.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.
* You Were Here by Cori McCarthy ★★☆☆☆½
*I read this book in english