- US Edition
You Were Here
Cori's third book, YOU WERE HERE, is a contemporary mixed media novel including word art poetry and graphic novel sections. The novel earned starred reviews from the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books and VOYA, and it was selected for the Texas Library Association's 2017 Reading List (Tayshas).
Jaycee is about to accomplish what her older brother Jake couldn’t: live past graduation.
Jaycee is dealing with her brother’s death the only way she can – by re-creating Jake’s daredevil stunts. The ones that got him killed. She’s not crazy, okay? She just doesn’t have a whole lot of respect for staying alive.
Jaycee doesn’t expect to have help on her insane quest to remember Jake. But she’s joined by a group of unlikely friends – all with their own reasons for completing the dares and their own brand of dysfunction: the uptight, ex-best friend, the heartbroken poet, the slacker with Peter Pan syndrome, and… Mik. He doesn’t talk, but somehow still challenges Jayce to do the unthinkable-reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.
Cori McCarthy’s gripping narrative defies expectation, moving seamlessly from prose to graphic novel panels and word art poetry. From the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum to the skeletal remains of the world’s largest amusement park, YOU WERE HERE takes you on an unforgettable journey of friendship, heartbreak, and inevitable change.
USA/Canada: Sourcebooks Fire (Spring 2016)
A Bank Street Best Book of 2016
Cori McCarthy studied poetry and screenwriting before earning an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Kirkus called their debut YA novel, THE COLOR OF RAIN, “[an] elegantly written and emotionally cathartic page-turner.”
Their second novel, BREAKING SKY, is in development to become a film at Josephson Entertainment, while their third title, YOU WERE HERE, is a contemporary mixed-media novel containing graphic novel sections and word-art poetry. Their fourth title, NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, releases from Sourcebooks Fire in 2018, followed by a duology written with their partner, Amy Rose Capetta, entitled ONCE & FUTURE, which publishes in 2019 and 2020.
In 2021, Cori’s first picture book will be released from Candlewick, a biography of the inspiring Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran, entitled HOPE IS AN ARROW.
Like many of their characters, Cori is a member of the LGBTQ+ community.