Where She Went

Where She Went

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Gayle Forman

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 23mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 17 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0142420891
  • ISBN 13: 9780142420898
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 688

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The highly anticipated sequel to the "New York Times" bestselling and critically acclaimed "If I Stay" Picking up several years after the dramatic conclusion of "If I Stay," "Where She Went" continues the story of Adam and Mia, from Adam's point of view. Ever since Mia's decision to stay - but not with him - Adam's career has been on a wonderful trajectory. His album, borne from the anguish and pain of their breakup, has made him a bona fide star. And Mia herself has become a top-rate cellist, playing in some of the finest venues in the world. When their respective paths put them both in New York City at the same time, the result is a single night in which the two reunite - with wholly satisfying results. And don't miss Gayle's newest novel, JUST ONE DAY and the forthcoming companion, JUST ONE YEAR.

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Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of "Just One Day" and "Just One Year," and the companion e-novella "Just One Night," as well as the "New York Times" bestsellers "If I Stay" and "Where She Went." She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.

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By Ryann Dannelly 07 May 2014 5

Once again, Forman creates a beautiful emotional story, capturing those painfully honest moments of her two main characters. I really enjoyed how this book�?�¢??s POVs, as the reader gets to understand Adam much better. If this story had stayed in Mia�?�¢??s perspective, it would have once again been a story about the grief and loss of her family. By placing the story three years after the last book and writing it from Adam�?�¢??s POV, the characters can open up and begin to heal.

As a reader, you�?�¢??re totally inside Adam�?�¢??s head. You feel what he feels. You understand how fully broken he has become. He�?�¢??s a shell of a person, full of pain and resentment toward Mia. The bitterness is done so well that the reader can�?�¢??t help but start to resent Mia too.

The music, once again, brings such life to the story and really makes it stand out against other YA contemporaries . Expect in this book, I think that the incorporation of the music is done even better. The chapter�?�¢??s begin with Adam�?�¢??s song lyrics, which are all about Mia. The torment, bitterness, resentment, and overall grief he bleeds into each songs is so powerful, almost becoming a character of its own.

The ending of the story is beautifully pulled together, creating a satisfying and realistic resolution for these two characters. Like If I Stay, it�?�¢??s an easy read that the reader can fly through. There�?�¢??s nothing too complex about the writing or the word choice, but the story is still profound, leaving the reader thinking long after finishing the book.

Mia and Adam�?�¢??s story is definitely one of my favorite YA contemporary stories. You should definitely check this book out, as well as If I Stay. Neither books will disappoint.

By Julie Rimpula 31 Mar 2014 5

WHERE SHE WENT is different from IF I STAY in a way that reading it didnâ??t feel like a punch in the gut. It was more like a steady dull ache in my chest that lingered all throughout the book. It wasnâ??t a sudden head-on collision with grief the way the first book had been. It was a methodical pain â?? constant and always present. Every page reeked of sadness thatâ??s almost unbearable. Thereâ??s just so much regret, guilt, anger and loneliness in this book. Honestly, I almost put it down after skimming the first few pages and discovered that Adam and Mia werenâ??t together anymore. And boy, am I ever glad that I picked it up again and braved it to the end.

I liked that the sequel was told from Adamâ??s perspective. It showed him in a different light. And I think itâ??s only appropriate that the story was told from the point of view of the one who was left behind. It opened a lot of hanging questions, especially that there had been no closure between Adam and Mia. I was hanging on to every page, hoping and dreading the moment when they would eventually meet again. All the angst and bitterness made me want to curl up and cry, but this book is just too good to put down.

I enjoyed the flashbacks of their past together. I learned more about how Adamâ??s relationship with Miaâ??s family had been, and how their deaths affected him. When I read IF I STAY, it didnâ??t occur to me that even though theyâ??re not Adamâ??s family, he lost them, too. He was also grieving but managed to still take care of Mia. WHERE SHE WENT cemented my belief that Adamâ??s love for Mia was so deep that it also extended to her family. I was also amazed by the fact that Miaâ??s leaving made Adam write a lot of songs. The lyrics were especially beautiful. Sad, yes, but beautiful.

Gayle Forman did not disappoint with this worthy sequel of IF I STAY. To say that I loved WHERE SHE WENT would be an understatement. It moved me to witness a love so deep that it could change a personâ??s life. Adamâ??s love for Mia changed his life and left him broken when she left. And in the end, this same love brought them where they need to be â?? together.

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"[A] gorgeous portrayal of rejection and rekindled love." - USA Today "Forman follows up her bestselling "If I Stay" with a story that is equally if not more powerful . . . " - Publishers Weekly, starred review