Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Where She Went by Gayle Forman [Review]

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)5 out of 5 Robots!
 

Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay #2
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Release: April 5, 2011
Hardcover: 264 Pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon








Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
 
Shannon's Thoughts:
I loved If I Stay, but I loved Where She Went even more.  Like, I-want-to-cuddle-it-to-sleep-love.  Adam is such a broken mess of a person and it breaks your heart.  He doesn't understand why Mia left him and now he is a rock star, but on the outs with his band.  He has horrible anxiety and barely makes it through the day.  And even though he is surrounded by people, he is alone.  While having a day off in New York, he stumbles upon a concert of Mia's and they reconnect.  But it is not an easy reunion as three years of secrets, misunderstanding, grief and devastation come bubbling to the surface.

Reading from Adam's perspective is incredibly compelling.  He is so in love with Mia and so hurt by her, but ultimately just wants to be redeemed by her.  It sounds like this would be a depressing, downer of a book.  But it isn't really.  Gayle Forman doesn't shy away from the hard stuff, but also doesn't revel in it either.  And the ending.  Oh, the ending.  That cinched it for me. 

Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. If I Stay
2. Where She Went

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