Where She Went by Gayle Forman
(If I Stay, #2)
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Read: 6/21/2012 — 6/25/2012
In Six Words: A necessary conclusion to their story.
1. If I Stay
2. Where She Went
Why I Started Reading This Series
I was massively bullied into reading this series by both Missie and Jess. While Missie was the driving force behind reading If I Stay, Jess was the driving force behind my finally reading Where She Went. As much as I feared picking up Where She Went (you really only have to read the synopsis to know you’re in for a wild [heh] ride), I think my fears were somewhat unfounded. Yes, this book is emotional. But it’s an emotional journey that is somehow necessary to take. I wasn’t reduced to tears by Where She Went, but my insides did get torn up a bit. Thank you, Jess, for your persistence bullying on this one!
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.
If you read If I Stay, then Where She Went is a must read. There is an ending and closure to If I Stay, but Adam and Mia’s story is far far from being over. Like with If I Stay, I almost didn’t post a review here. But it’s worth spotlighting because…. it’s ADAM! And MIA! And THEIR STORY! You want to treasure it and love it and hold it dear. And then you want to treasure your own relationships and love them and hold them dear.
Where She Went is intense. Intense is probably the best way to describe it. This stirs up plenty of emotions – just as If I Stay did — but they are different emotions. With Adam as the narrator, everything is edgier and sharper. Filled with despair. It won’t tear you apart the way If I Stay did, but it will involve emotional upheaval. But it’s an upheaval that is vital; almost as if you must first tear down everything in order to build it back up.
Gayle Forman has a way with writing stories that are hard to talk about because the stories stir up so much emotion and reaction that it is best when experienced, and there aren’t enough words to properly express the journey from start to finish.
As a side note: though If I Stay is definitely YA, Where She Went features Adam at 21 and Mia at 20. I’ve classified this one as “New Adult” but I do believe that it would be appropriate for YA audiences that have already read If I Stay.