Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Monday November 12, 2012 at 3:00 am |

Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: April 5, 2011
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 264
Form: Hardback
Series: If I Stay  (2)
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It’s been three years since Adam’s love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it . . .

. . . and 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

Where She Went picks up three years after the events of If I Stay.  Adam’s band, Shooting Star, has risen to fame and are gearing up for a European tour.  Mia is finishing up at Julliard while beginning her career as a world renown cellist.  A chance meeting in New York finds Adam and Mia reuniting, and perhaps giving Adam the closure he’s been searching for the past three years.  Although Adam has moved on to a high profile relationship, he’s never quite gotten over Mia.  He’s at odds with his band, unhappy in his relationship, and anxiety ridden when it comes to dealing with the crowds and the media.  Now Adam is filled with bitterness and resentment, which ironically became the catalyst to him writing Shooting Star’s number one albums.

What I love about this novel is that it’s written from the POV of Adam.  Seeing Mia again intensifies all that he’s felt for the past three years and brings back the pain of the very bleak year he spent wallowing in grief and self pity after she suddenly stopped returning his calls and emails.  His pain and confusion is so real and palpable that I kind of felt my heart breaking for him.  Even through Adam’s journey, I couldn’t bring myself to be too hard on Mia considering all she went through.

Losing her whole family was a great tragedy and Adam’s behavior immediately following her coming back was what decidedly helped her make a clean break.  She had so much going on internally in the midst of trying to heal physically and mentally, and Adam’s brand of support didn’t exactly make her feel better about things.  Despite this, Mia understands that she owes Adam an explanation.  And as she takes him on a tour of her favorite New York City haunts before they both leave for their respective tours, Mia determines to provide him with one in her own special way.

As they go from site to site, Adam shows the reader his life before and after the accident that defined their lives, helping the reader to understand him inside and out.  As the two reconnect, something magical begins to happens, and they each come to an understanding of each other.  These two characters were perfectly written and I was rooting for their healing every step of the way.  The story was poignant and so compelling I couldn’t help but fly through the pages.

I really just loved every thing about the book and probably enjoyed this one better than the first one.  The issues are heavy and not easy to get away from, but the journey of Adam and Mia is magnificent.  Though their story is difficult, and not always easy to deal, it is also inspiring and beyond rewarding!  This series is a must read!

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5 Responses to “Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman”

  1. I read If I Stay and loved it. It is good to know that book 2 may be even better. Thank you for the informative review and for stopping by.

  2. Loved this book, even more so than the first! I somehow managed to read it in one sitting (good books make me anti-social). Adam was such a magnetic and endearing character; and the ending didn’t disappoint either. Great review, Jade!

    • Jade says:

      So did I Jessica! And I loved If I Stay but I was so much more into Where She Went. They are both excellent books and I can’t wait to get my hands on her new novel.

  3. Molli says:

    Really glad you liked this one, Jade! I started IF I STAY last year and then the blog kinda took off. (So I have like a hundred physical TBRs to get back to someday…) I remember swooning over Adam, so I’m so glad he gets a book to himself, and that we get to see inside his thoughts. I’m super encouraged that you called this one inspiring!