Fri, May 6, 2011
By Gayle Forman
April 5, 2011
Dutton Juvenile, 208 pages
It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future – and each other.
Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.
— Amazon.com description
After tackling If I Stay yesterday, now it’s on to the sequel, Where She Went. WARNING: Spoilers ahead for If I Stay!
Honestly, I was really nervous at first that there was going to be a sequel. Sure, I welcomed a new work from Gayle Forman – I love her writing style – but I felt the first book ended so perfectly that it just wasn’t…necessary.
But I’ll admit it: I was wrong. Hear that, Internet?
This book is told from Adam’s point of view, quite some time after the crash. Forman has written this changed Adam as extremely emo and yet completely endearing. What a smart and enjoyable choice that was.
I won’t get into the details of the story, but let’s just say I fell in love. I’m still thinking about it weeks later. WEEKS, people. That’s powerful literature.
Nervous about reading book one? Well, it’s lovely on its own, but read If I Stay…if only so you can get to Where She Went. I’d recommend this for anyone who loves music, heartache stories and the Jessica Darling series (think Perfect Fifths…so many similarities).
A painful story, but you’ll love every moment of it nonetheless.
For those who have read it: After letting it sink in, do you love the book’s title as much as I do?