Happy YOU WERE HERE day!
Today is the release of my friend Cori McCarthy's newest book, You Were Here! You Were Here is a beautifully written book about grief, urban exploring, heartbreak, and love.
You Were Here is told from each character's perspective, which shows impressive skill on the part of the author. Jaycee's chapter are told in first-person, Natalie and Zach's in third, Bishop's perspective shines through in his poetry and the street art he creates, and Mik's is told through graphic novel panels. The mixed media blends together beautifully as the five teens traipse across Ohio to various abandoned places and deal with the emotional wreckage of their past and present.
One of the coolest things about this book (besides the beautiful artwork, which is done by Sonia Liao), is that each of the five places the characters visit are actual places. The Ridges is an old insane asylum that still stands, Manville Tunnel is an abandoned railroad tunnel in the woods, The Gates of Hell is a creepy-looking old drain, Randall Park Mall really was a mall that was abandoned and stood empty for a while (and has since been torn down), and Geauga Lake was once the world's largest amusement park. These places really come to life through Cori's vivid storytelling and Sonia's artwork.
This is a darkly funny, surprisingly sexy, and highly emotional story you don't want to miss! You can even order a signed copy from my local indie by clicking here!