Thursday, November 22, 2012

"Where She Went" by Gayle Forman

Release Date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Dutton
Pages: 264

From 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."

Literally 5 minutes after finishing 'If I Stay" I rushed over to my local bookstore and picked up a copy of this book. Admittedly when I bought it I didn't read the synopsis and therefore wasn't aware that this book was told in Adam's POV therefore for a few chapters I was a bit thrown, but quickly adjusted to his voice. I found Adam's voice to be so raw, real, genuine, and a bajillion other adjectives of that nature. I had chills the entire time while reading this book due to him and his honestly.

While I did have a bit of difficulty connecting to Mia in this book, as I had in "If I Stay", feeling that she wasn't quite a developed as I would have liked, I did have a bit of an easier time in this book which I think can be attributed to Adam's perspective of her. Furthermore, the secondary characters of this series made more of an impact on me in this book than they had in "If I Stay"- from Liz to Kim to beyond.

That being said, while in "If I Stay" I really enjoyed the flashbacks as it allowed us to garner a better insight of Mia and Adam's relationship, I found myself growing increasingly frustrated with them in this book- I wanted to know what was happening with Mia and Adam in the here-and-now and not Mia and Adam of the past (similarly to how I felt in Laini Taylor's "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" with Akiva and Karou's relationship). However, I felt that the song lyrics which preceded some of the chapters more than made up for the iffy flashbacks and brought a certain je ne sais quoi to the book. A few of my favourites included:

"I'll be your mess, you be mine 
That was the deal that we had signed
I bought a hazmat suit to clean up your waste
Gas masks, gloves, to keep us safe 
But now I'm alone in an empty room
Staring down immaculate doom" ("Messy" Collateral Damage, Track 2, pg. 68). 

"Someone wake me when it's over
When the evening silence softens golden
Just lay me on a bed of clover
Oh, I need help with this burden" ("Hush" Collateral Damage, pg. 217). 

All in all, I am so glad that I decided to continue on with this series, despite only feeling "so-so" about "If I Stay"- it becomes evident that Gayle has grown tremendously as an author between the two books. This book is better in every way than its predecessor- again, I was able to devour this book in a matter of hours (actually, I managed to read both books in one day). I would highly recommend this book to everyone and I cannot wait to see what Gayle has in store for us next!

Rating: 5/5


  1. I enjoyed If I Stay but I loved Where She Went. I'm officially a Gayle Forman fan.

  2. YES, this book is so amazing. I definitely loved it even more than If I Stay.

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