Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Where She Went [book review]

after finding myself so pleased with Gayle Forman's If I Stay, I knew I had to pick up the sequel immediately. Where She Went is told from Adam's point of view, who was Mia's boyfriend in the first installment. the story takes place three years after the accident that changed Mia's life, and throughout the book, you realize how much it impacted Adam's life as well. 

and because I'm lazy, here's the summary as stated on GoodReads
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.


I really enjoyed Adam's perspective throughout the book - his thoughts were clearly HIS and even though the book was written by the same author, you could tell she changed her writing style to accommodate another character. 

all in all, Where She Went was a great read - it bounced nicely back and forth between present day and the days/months/years following the accident, and you even get to experience Mia & Adam's relationship before the accident from Adam's perspective. I always love reading the same story from different character points, so this one was a winner in my mind. 

I knew something was different when I started reading, but it wasn't until I was a few pages in that I realized it was Adam talking, haha. I had a huge crush on Adam's character in If I Stay, so naturally, I fell in love with him even more with Where She Went. Forman did a wonderful job portraying the accident from a different point of view, and showing the loss that Adam also felt that day. 

even though I was a tad annoyed at the superstar Adam became in the three years since the accident (being followed by fans and crazy reporters), and his obvious distance from the rest of the band, I appreciated the fact that he didn't really FEEL like the famous person he was portrayed to be. although he did seem somewhat selfish in the beginning, the reasons for his bitterness are revealed as the story goes on. 

I grew to adore the interaction between Adam & Mia while they spent time together in the city - it was honest and real, as if the time hadn't passed between them at all. the love they felt for one another was obviously still beaming between them. it was one of those stories that makes your heart happy. I could read about this couple forever! 


  1. good book or not, i just want to look like the girl on the cover. ha!

  2. ive never heard of these books. i will have to check them out. i will read just about anything with words though i can't help myself

  3. -I second the first vickicristine's comment :)
    -Thanks so much for the review, I have been searching for a good book to read when I go on vacation this week and have decided on this one. Thanks again :)


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