Book Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Title: Where She Went (If I Stay #2)
Author: Gayle Forman
Details: ARC, 258 pgs, Published in Hardcover
Published: April 5th, 2011 by Dutton Juvenile
isbn: 0525422943 (ISBN13: 9780525422945)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed from Angela 


 Do not read if you haven’t read the first book, If I Stay

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 Julliard’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.

I don’t know where to start.  This book was so amazing that I’m sure I’ll be thinking about it for days, no weeks, possibly months.  It was perfect.  I felt so much emotion reading it even though it wasn’t sad like the first book (which wasn’t all sad).

This book was told from Adam’s perspective 3 years in the future from If I Stay.  In If I Stay I felt like we still had a lot to learn about Adam and this book answered those questions about what he felt and went through as well as his personality, up close and personal.  And I’m in love.  He’s real, he’s raw, he’s emotional and a bit of a wreck.  And through the story we see where it all comes from.  Like in If I Stay there’s flashbacks to the past about every other chapter.  It’s put together as a memory and it helps us understand everything that’s happening.  And I felt for Adam so much I just wanted to reach into the book and hug him.  Hold him.  Help him.

I felt so much emotion when reading this book because Adam and Mia both went through so much and they both made mistakes in the past and had a hard time getting through things.  I wanted to smack them for some of the things they’d done, but I felt the most fury at Mia.  I got it more towards the end, why she did the things she did, but I still wish they’d figured it out sooner.  The thing is, if they had then their lives wouldn’t have played out the way they did and ending up in the places they ended up.  And the emotion is what made this book so much better.

Music plays a major part in the book.  The beginning of each chapter that’s in the current time(every other chapter) is music lyrics from songs that Adam wrote.  And those lyrics were perfect and really helped us see Adam’s soul when he was grieving, when he was really struggling.  It all just fit so perfectly and really added to the story. 

I really can’t say much other then I loved it.  I really really loved it.  I’m ready to read it all over again, it was just so perfect.  I get them, both of them.  Not always their actions, just their personalities.  Mia not liking camping (I’m the same way) the things in Adams head, it all just makes sense to me.  And that they are from Oregon just makes it better.  I’m in Washington, but only like 5 minutes from Oregon and it’s pretty much the same way in the small towns around here.  So when they talk about their small town and the quirky things, it just clicks with me.  I love it! 


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Disclosure: I borrowed an ARC of this book for review purposes.  I was not paid or influenced and all opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. AGH! I didn’t know this book was coming out!!!!!! I just finished and absolutely ADORED If I Stay. I’m afraid to read your review of this, even though I did read If I Stay, because I don’t want to know ANYTHING (I can’t even read the summary)! But thanks for alerting me to the existence of this book.

  2. I really hope I’m not disappointed but all the reviews I’ve read have been good. It’s in Adam’s pov! Yay! Yay! I’m jumping up and down like a crazed fan…which I am. April is too far away! You are so lucky to be able to read it this early. I really hope WSW won’t give away the ending for those who haven’t read IIS.

  3. Oh man, I NEED THIS BOOK!!! I loved If I Stay and your review has my frothing at the mouth to get my hands on this. It sounds like such an emotional book and that’s exactly what I was expecting, I want it to really ‘touch’ me as a reader… I’m pretty certain it will. I can’t wait to dive it and journey along with Adam as the narrator. Fantastic review!

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