Where She Went: Review

where she wentAuthor: Gayle Forman

Publisher: Definitions

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Summary:It’s been three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life.

And three years he’s spent wondering why.

When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.

Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good – or can you really have a second chance at first love? (Via Goodreads.)



Where She Went is the sequel to If I Stay, set three years after Mia’s accident she and Adam reunite for one night in New York where they try and figure out what went wrong for them, and it is beautiful.

Gayle Forman for me is like Stephanie Perkins when it comes to contemporaries, she can do no wrong, however her doing no wrong usually leads to me being emotionally compromised.

Where She Went is told from the point of view of Adam Wilde, Mia’s boyfriend in If I Stay, and it focuses on him, how he was affected by Mia’s accident and the death of her family and Mia’s subsequent abandonment, what his life is like now as a successful albeit troubled rock star and it is wonderful. I’ve read a few reviews where people have said that Where She Went is not as good as If I Stay and I disagree. I think it is just as good it’s just different. Where She Went focuses on the person who doesn’t get hurt, the person who helps pick up the pieces, the person who is not allowed grieve because they are not considered “close enough family”, the person who ultimately is left behind. It is so intense and so moving and very, very powerful just like If I Stay was.

The writing is beautiful, the characters are incredible, it’s an intense, breathless journey, very reminiscent of Before Sunrise/Sunset in it’s setting. It packs an emotional punch and ugh it was just terrific. I could find no fault with it. Just stunning. I adored it and I would be very happy to see this adapted also.

5 Stars.



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