Friday, May 6, 2011

Where She Went by Gayle Forman Review

By Gayle Forman
April 5, 2011
Dutton Juvenile, 208 pages

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 Juilliard'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.

Where She Went
 explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

— description
After tackling If I Stay yesterday, now it's on to the sequel, Where She Went. WARNING: Spoilers ahead for If I Stay!

Honestly, I was really nervous at first that there was going to be a sequel. Sure, I welcomed a new work from Gayle Forman – I love her writing style – but I felt the first book ended so perfectly that it just wasn't...necessary.

But I'll admit it: I was wrong. Hear that, Internet?

This book is told from Adam’s point of view, quite some time after the crash. Forman has written this changed Adam as extremely emo and yet completely endearing. What a smart and enjoyable choice that was.

I won’t get into the details of the story, but let’s just say I fell in love. I’m still thinking about it weeks later. WEEKS, people. That’s powerful literature.

Nervous about reading book one? Well, it’s lovely on its own, but read If I Stay…if only so you can get to Where She Went. I’d recommend this for anyone who loves music, heartache stories and the Jessica Darling series (think Perfect Fifths…so many similarities).

A painful story, but you’ll love every moment of it nonetheless.

For those who have read it: After letting it sink in, do you love the book's title as much as I do?

Anna Reads young adult book blog


  1. I was nervous about reading Where She Went, but now I feel muucchhh better =)

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  2. Sounds like an amazing read. I am looking forward to it as I love If I Stay. Thanks for the great review.

  3. I loved this book more than the first. So I completely agree with your comment about reading the first so you can get to this one. LOVED Adam. So freaking hard. He is my lit-crush. This book stayed with me for so long after wards.. in some ways it's still with me!

    As for the title.. it reminds me of a song. I wish I could listen to Shooting Star. You know how much that would rock my world.

  4. I am SO with you. Who would have thought she could top If I Stay? But she did. I almost think of the two books as one, since it is truly the whole story. Even though I just read it in March (I think) I'm already itching to read it again. Love Adam!

  5. I loved this book oh so much!! and to think I was so against reading If I Stay. And YES Ginger!! I want to listen to shooting star!

  6. I'm glad to here this one is just as good as If I Stay. Great review!

  7. Yeah but let's also discuss what a lame band name that is????

  8. Oh wow. Okay!
    I had the same thoughts on "Where she went" being unnecessary; that's why even though I have a copy, I haven't read it yet. I'm glad to hear you found it even better!

  9. I actually like If I Stay slightly more than Where She Went. But I love each of these books in their own way. I love that it was told from Adam's perspective.

    I didn't really have an opinion on whether a sequel needed to exist, but I'm glad that one does.

  10. I have Ginger's copy of this book. I'll start reading it soon, I promise! I can't wait to see the story through Adam's eyes.

  11. I'm really looking forward to reading this one. I loved Adam so I'm curious to read this book through his perspective.

  12. I was really scared when I heard about this one too! I think that If I Stay is an example of perfection in literature, and I didn't want there to be a sequel!

    But, Forman is brilliant and I thought Where She Went was the perfect sequel. Perfect!! :) It wasn't as emotional for me as If I Stay, but I expected that and it was still, most definitely, very moving.

  13. Gahhh LOVED this book with every fibre of my being. It was just SO AMAZING. I agree with you. I'm still thinking about the book and its been weeks since I finished it. I just can't stop gushing. :)

  14. If I were choosing book boyfriends Adam would be one that tops the list. He's so awesome in every way. If I Stay was the perfect blend of angst and emotion but man, Where She Went just stuck with me so much. Foreman has an awesome ability to create memorable stories.

  15. I love the title of that book! I must admit, after I read If I Stay, I wasn't overly ecstatic. I mean, it was good. But, there was a bit in the middle I kept saying to myself, "Ok- I get it...stay or go. Make the damn choice!" (I know, horrible!) But, I did really like the book. BUT I LOVED Where She Went!!!

    I thought it was so much better than the 1st book. Maybe because it moved faster for me, and yes I'll admit it, I love Adam.

    Amazing book. I really enjoyed how you got his story.

    *spoiler alert*

    Towards the end I actually teared up due to thinking they wouldn't get back together! I was like cheering for them by the actual end of the book!!!

  16. I know I'm about 2 months behind on this, but I just finished this series and ... WOW!!! I am so in love with this book, and Adam ::swoon::. :)

    Ginger: I could not agree more. Shooting Star would be top on my playlist and I would probably even revert back to high school and have a poster of Adam and the band somewhere in my home (my poor husband)!

    Anna: I'm glad someone else said it. I've hated the name Shooting Star since book one. It's about as far from punk as I can imagine and my only complaint about these books. Thanks for such a glowing recommendation of this book, you inspired me to pick it up and I completely fell in love with it.

  17. I liked Where She Went better then If I Stay :) Lets sey it was more powerful. And me too.. I've been thinking about it a lot after reading it ;)


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