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Why young people are drawn to dark themes in YA literature | Author Gayle Forman

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Published on Jan 26, 2016

Author Gayle Forman (I WAS HERE) tackles a question she frequently gets: Why are young people so drawn to darkness in the books they read? Social changes and brain mapping studies might provide a clue. Learn more about Gayle, her books, and her speaking here: http://bit.ly/1ZESnem

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About I WAS HERE

The newest heart-wrenchingly powerful novel from the bestselling author of IF I STAY.

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, and some secrets of his own. 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.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.


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