04 October 2012

Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman

Published: 5 April 2011 by Dutton

Pages: 264 (hardcover)

Genre/s: Young Adult, Realistic, Contemporary

Source: Own Library

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Disclaimer: As the second book in the series, this review contains spoilers of the first book. You can read my review of If I Stay here.

Synopsis (Goodreads)

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.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.


My Thoughts
The best thing about reading a series when all the books have been published is the fact that if you love the first book, you can immediately read the second one. In fact, as soon as I finished If I Stay, I immediately purchased Where She Went on Kindle because I HAD TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.

Where She Went is told from the POV of Adam, and to be honest I was a little wary going into it - I liked both Mia and Adam, but it felt like it should be more Mia's story. And at first, I didn't really like Adam anymore - after Mia left for New York his life went into overdrive - fame, money and the rock 'n' roll lifestyle had, to be honest, turned him into a bit of a tw@t.

But as the story progressed, I liked him more and more, and I understood why he was acting in a reckless, uncaring way. When he finally met up with Mia again by accident, suddenly he was the Adam that I loved from If I Stay.

Where She Went is an emotional, moving book, just like the first in the series. It's impossible not to cheer on both Adam and Mia as they reminisce through their romance and dance around the elephant in the room.

Gayle Forman has written a book that is just as outstanding as the first - there's love and sadness, fabulous characters that you just want to reach through the pages and hug, and flipping through the pages at a furious pace is not only possible, it's inevitable.


15 comments:

  1. I like this book so much although I have to admit that I didn't like Adam in this book. I loved him more in If I Stay. Here, I kinda questioning why he didn't find Mia and asked for her explanation about why she left him. It's like he already given up without even trying. But I love the ending.
    I really wish I can listen to Adam's songs in real life.

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    1. He definitely grew on me, but it did take a while. Being the sap I am, I just wanted to cuddle him!

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  2. Sounds like a book meant to be a movie.

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    1. Yeah! But I'm always scared when books I love become movies that they're going to butcher it!

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  3. I throughly enjoyed If I Stay, I don't know why I haven't picked this one up yet. The two of them are so cute together.

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    1. You should! It really rounds off the story so well.

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  4. I got teary eyed just reading this. I want to read them again now! *hugs books*

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  5. I'm glad to hear you liked this! I loved If I Stay, but I haven't gotten to this one just yet.

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  6. You know, I felt pretty much exactly the same as you did about Adam's narration. First, skeptical, then increasingly a fan. I think I may actually have liked this one better than If I Stay, just because it was stabled in realistic fiction. I don't really know.

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    1. Very good point, I did like that this felt more 'relatable' (is that a word? spell check tells me no, but I don't care).

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  7. I'm not usually a sappy book fan but this series is one that I actually have liked.

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    1. Me neither, so it does say a lot about how good it us :)

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  8. I freaking LOVED this series. And I agree, I was so happy that I read them once they were both released so I could read them back to back.

    I had a hard time with Adam the brooding rock star in the beginning to but by the end of the novel I was right back in love with him! After reading these ones I have been in a strong contemporary phase for a realllly long time! Great review Kat.

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    1. Definitely one of the best contemporary series I've ever read. And I liked it that he wasn't perfect, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to buy into the continuation so much.

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