260 Pages (Hardcover)
April 5, 2011
*Do not read if you have not read If I Stay. I read the first novel pre-blog, so I have not written a review of it. This is the sequel novel!*
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.
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.
Wow. Once again Gayle Forman has left me speechless with her beautiful imagery and incredible ability to transfer emotions from character, to page, to reader.
Where She Went is Adam's story, Mia's previous boyfriend, in the aftermath of Mia's accident. Mia chose to stay, to live, and Adam was overjoyed. But he made a promise to her, and he has to keep it, even if she doesn't remember it - but what if she does? After three years of separation, each rising to stardom in their own spheres, what will happen with a chance encounter?
In If I Stay, I have to say, I was not all too fond of Adam. I don't know what it is, I can't really explain it, he was just not my cup of tea, if you will. This novel completely turned it around, I really liked Adam and I was royally ticked off at Mia. Just the fact that Forman has the ability to completely change an opinion, because her portrayal of the other side was so perfect, showcases her extraordinary talent. I was really happy towards the end though, that I once again was able to love Mia.
I also really enjoyed the switched from the present to the past, which is sometimes my biggest criticism with other novels. This method can be very choppy and confusing, Forman made it anything but. I also loved how the present chapters started off with lyrics from Adam's band, Shooting Star. Each chapter made me wish more and more that I could listen to the CD, it reads amazing, can't imagine how it would sound.
As you can see, I really have nothing but good things to say about this novel. I would definitely recommend it. Recommend being a more accepted term for "force upon" ;)