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Where She Went

Author:  Gayle Forman
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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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Aug 19,2014
4

I absolutely loved reading Where She Went. After reading If I Stay, I simply couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. I was happily surprised to see this book written from Adam’s point of view. I loved Adam so much in If I Stay and I was ecstatic to see that I’d be spending the whole of this book with him. This book alternates between the past with Mia and what is happening now. Like in If I Stay, I loved both the flashbacks and what was going on in present time. I loved seeing the man Adam has become. His devastation was so real and the wound that not even music could fully heal was so easy to see. The writing in this book was utterly amazing. Every character leapt right off the page and I felt connected to all of them. The descriptions were beautiful and moving. Every paragraph is powerful and full of emotions. Being inside Adam’s head was a real privilege. It’s easy to say that I loved this book as much as If I Stay, if not more. If I Stay is about the choice Mia makes to live or die, and what affect her choice would have on the people around her. In this book, as it is set three years later, we really got to see how Mia’s decisions from that moment onwards has affected Adam. It was heartbreaking to know what Adam only admits to himself and to feel what he’s feeling. That would have to be one of my favourite aspects of this wonderful book.
I can’t even begin to explain how much I love spending time with Adam and Mia. I loved these two so much in If I Stay, but I loved them so much more in Where She Went. At the start of this book, I really felt like I was at a distance from Mia, which is what Adam was feeling. It was great how Gayle Forman could make us feel like we hadn’t known Mia for years, when realistically for me it had only been a few days since I was with her in If I Stay. I enjoyed seeing how far Mia has come since the accident and it was inspiring to see her live through the worst pain imaginable and make something good out of her life. It would be so easy to fall into a spiraling sea of sorrow after losing most of her family from one awful day. But Mia was determined not to give in to the sadness and make the most of her life. I love Adam and Mia so much, they’re definitely one of my favourite book couples.
I had so many emotions while reading this book, like when I read If I Stay. It made me cry, it made me laugh… I’m definitely not going to forget this book. There are those books that you read and then never think about again. And then there are those books that leave a mark on you and really impact you, whether that’s because you really connected with what the characters were going through or because it was just a really great book. Where She Went in definitely in the latter category for me. The stories of Adam and Mia are going to stay with me for a really long time. I’d give Where She Wentby Gayle Forman a score of 9.5 out of 10. Everyone who loved If I Stay will definitely adore this book.

Jul 30,2014
0

It was hard for me to imagine that a sequel to one of the most emotional and well written books I've ever read would be any good. I'm glad I was wrong.

Set three years after a car accident that almost cost Mia her life, Gayle Forman's follow up to the New York Times Bestseller If I Stay, titled Where She Went, uncovers the rejection and loss from both main characters, this time written from the second characters view.

Where She Went is everything you want from a sequel. All questions answered. All loose ends tied. A satisfying ending. That, and it's an emotional roller coaster. Always a plus.

My favourite thing about Where She Went is that it ties in with its predecessor really well. Cried like a baby, but am totally satisfied with the whole thing. Here's a favourite part:

 

"Tell me. You owe me this!" She looks at me, square in the eye. Taking aim. And then she pulls the trigger.

"Because I hated you." The wind, the noise, it all goes quiet for a second, and I'm left with a dull ringing in my ear, like after a show, like after a heart monitor goes to flatline.

"Hated me? Why?"

"You made me stay." 

 

UGHHHH STOP IT. I've said it before and I'll say it a thousand times over: books are the best.

Where She Went is now on the favourites shelf. The movie adaptation of If I Stay hits cinemas in August. Prepare for tears. 

Sam :)

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.

 

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