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Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Posted by Caitie F on April 29, 2011

Title: Where She Went
Author: Gayle Forman
Hardcover: 264 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Year Published: 2011
Rating: +++++

Summary (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 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.


I loved the first book If I Stay. I thought it was one of the best books of the year. It made smile, it made me think, and it made me cry a little.

This book gave m all of those same reactions, and also made me laugh and cheer. Adam is a perfect narrator. In the first  book, Mia was physically broken. In this book, Adam was emotionally broken.  Even when he was kind of a jerk in the beginning, I still wanted to reach through the book and give him a hug because he was depressed and hurt. Watching him grow and change throughout the book just shows how well he has been developed. I felt his emotions. His actions made sense, even if they seemed wrong or cruel to others. Since he is a rock star, it adds another layer to everything he has gone through. Since we saw everything through Mia’s eyes the first time , it was more effective to see it all from his eyes.

The structure of the book made it work as much as the first. By showing the aftermath of Mia’s accident slowly and in small chunks, made the effects and emotions tied to those events even more powerful. The pacing and structure of this book could not have been any better. It kept me turning every page and I could not put the book down.

When Mia comes back into the picture, I just felt so much joy. Everything isn’t perfect, but her staying was the best decision. Getting to see this character again and see how she has grown, and also how she is affected by the accident every day is moving and feels realistic. It is over or under done at all, which was a concern.

Forman is an extremely talented writer. The writing in this may have even been better than the first book. I cannot wait to see what else she writes. I know i will pick it up since her first two books were so brilliant!

Have you picked this one up yet? Let me know in the comments!


2 Responses to “Where She Went by Gayle Forman”

  1. I have yet to pick these up; but reviews like this make me want to dash to the bookstore as quickly as possible!

  2. […] Where She Went by Gayle Forman […]

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