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Where She Went

Author:  Gayle Forman
13
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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 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, powerful 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.

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Oct 06,2012
3

I liked this book.

I think I would have enjoyed the story more if it was written by differently. I am not saying I don't like Gayle Forman's writing, it just didn't break my heart and make me cry and feel for the characters. I say this because I think the storyline is meant to do this but it just didn't make me sad. 

To me, it didn't stand out and in a few years I will only remember this book as the second book in the guy's perspective who ends up with his high school sweet heart who was in a car accident. 

Oh, I feel so awful right now because I've never written a review like this before. 

Oct 14,2011
4

Where she went is a great book! Gayle Forman has an amazing way of writting!

Aug 17,2011
4

Where she Went" is a book about a troubled celebrity who plays in a band. Three years ago the love of his life "Mia" left him, and for three years he's been wondering why. Fortune takes its place and the two by coincidence meet up. Can one night reignite the love, or is it lost forever?

I enjoyed this book because of the characters, plot and emotions used. Adam is a distressed rock star, who takes anxiety pills and worries about the past and future. He hates going on tour because of the noise, crowds and expectation to be brilliant. He still tries to unravel the mystery of his rejection from Mia and therefore writes all his emotions and feelings in his songs, making them outstanding. He is confused about his past and future, and doesn’t know where his life is going. Mia on the other hand is a quiet cello player and forever holds a forgotten vow.

This story is totally unpredictable and is full of many surprises and twists. It constantly switches between the past and present making the book more meaningful and lets the reader explore further into Adam’s complicated, heartbroken mind. This is an excellent book where the reader becomes attached and concerned about the characters wellbeing which young teenagers will thoroughly enjoy.

Note: has occassional swear words

By: Arielle

May 09,2011
5

I read Where She Went over two days ago and have spent all that time since turning it over in my mind and processing it. And as much as I want to do one of those reviews where I rant about how much I loved it and use lots if capitals and exclamation marks I honestly don't think that would do such an amazing book justice.


I have read a lot of reviews where emotional books are described as 'an emotional roller-coaster'. And I'm not saying that is at all wrong just that I believe a book as exceptional and unique as Where She Went deserves a new simile. That's why I would like to say it was like emotional Dodgem cars.


Why Dodgem Cars you're probably wondering. Well, on the ride you get bumped and knocked around. And then sometimes you do the bumping yourself. You may get hurt by a restricting seat belt jerking you back or by being too free by not wearing a seat belt and being knocked. But when things calm down and you step off that ride, you're ultimately happy you were on it in the end. That summarizes how I feel about Where She Went. That considered, below is a more in-depth review in which I will try to avoid spoilers though may (hopefully not) slip slightly.


So as with If I Stay, Where She Went focuses on one day with much of the story being told through flashbacks which hold something of relevance.


The entire story is told from Adam's point of view. He's not the same as we remember him though. Over the three years that have passed Adam has had reason to become a much darker person and this is shown while we're in his head. I think Gayle Forman executed this remarkably well. Adam is very angst filled at the moment and that comes across clearly and in such a way that even though he's changed there's enough the same that we still recognize him and you'll still love him. To be completely honest I think in might even live Adam more after reading Where She Went.


Another of the aspects I specifically loved about If I Stay was Gayle Forman's writing style. It wasn't purely about the story but also how it was told. The figurative language that's so descriptive it'll draw a picture in your head that won't leave you for days, the words that are so lyrical and smooth. I adored a return to this in Where She Went though with a distinctly darker edge due to Adams frame of mind.


One of my favourite aspects of Where She Went though was the lyrics at the beginning of some of the chapters. These show more than anything the way Adam was feeling when Mia left. I read some of these lyrics and just understood so much clearly his pain. When you read them you which nothing more than for the music that goes with them as I believe this would reveal even more about the emotions he was feeling at the time.


If I Stay  was the only book I've ever cried in. Not anymore. I cried in Where She Went and now believe that Gayle Forman has a true talent for causing tears in the highly sarcastic.

 

It was the most engrossing read I've had in months and I read it all in one sitting being unable to leave the ending in question. Days after reading it I'm still debating whether or not I loved it more than If I Stay. And now as I write this I think I can say with conviction that no I didn't. They are both different and can't be compared. I love them both for reasons that are sometimes the same and sometimes different.

Mar 26,2011
5


Favourite Quote: "She kissed me good-bye. She told me that she loved me more than life itself. Then she stepped through security. She never came back."


Wow! Where She Went is an intense and breathtaking read.  I have to admit I enjoyed If I Stay but I wouldn't say I loved it.  But Where She Went is one the BEST books I have ever read.   It made my heart ache, it made me smile and of course cry my eyes out (within the first 50 pages might I add).



This story really got under my skin.   It consumed my thoughts and I HAD TO read it all in one sitting otherwise I would have been a complete mess.  I had to know whether Adam and Mia where going to be okay?   Whether they were going to move on or get back together?  Because Adam and Mia are characters that you get completely and utterly emotionally invested in.

What to say about Adam?  He is intense, broken and flawed (and another musician ~swoons~).  The way Forman writes I felt like I could feel every bit of his pain (and it hurt like hell).

Mia, I adore too.  I thought I would be mad with her for breaking Adam's heart.   But I understood why Mia choose to make that decision to leave Adam thanks to Forman writing such well crafted and believable characters.

The writing is the kind I love - simple yet beautiful and powerful.  There are parts of Adam's song lyrics at the beginning of most chapters.  I really love books that music plays an important part of and Forman really expresses both Adam's and Mia's passion for music.

Overall, I am just blown away by the heart in this story.  Where She Went is a must read for everyone!

 

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