Monday, 28 March 2011

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She Went
Gayle Forman
Dutton Juvenile
[April 5, 2011]

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.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical 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.

This was one of the most...heartbreaking, depressing reads I've ever read. And I loved it.

I mean...I thought If I Stay was horrifyingly sad and heartbreaking, but this was a whole new level. There was no difficult choice, there was no crushing thoughts about death. But between Adam's narration and the fact that he obviously still loves her? God.

I think I preferred Adam as a narrator. I loved Mia's, but I think I felt more from his story. Or maybe it was the story itself. His life was so, so different from what we read in If I Stay and the contrast was startling in the best possible way.

By the way, this review? Really hard not to spoil anything. So, I'm sorry for the vague.

Anyway, the characters have grown up a lot. They both seemed much older than they were in If I Stay, and with good reason. It was a nice change to read older characters in YA.

I will say there's this one part towards the end of the book that almost had me throw the book. Almost. I was so angry and frustrated and couldn't believe it was happening. Just as a warning.

I just...I dunno. If you've read If I Stay, go get this book. If you haven't read If I Stay, go get that and THEN read this. Trust me, do it. Do it, do it, do it.

--Julie

3 comments:

  1. I loved Where She Went so much! I completely agree with your review.
    It left me dazed for hours after finishing it.

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  2. I LOVED If I Stay so I really need to hurry up and get this one. Thanks!

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  3. Me and Christina are hosting a Read Along for this book and I was wondering if you or anyone else would be interested? You can find out more about it here:

    http://comacalm.blogspot.com/p/read-along.html

    Sorry to bother you!

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