Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman

Where She Went (If I Stay #2)  by Gayle Forman

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Release Date: April 5th 2011
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Page Count: Hardcover, 264 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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. - Good Reads

I loved If I Stay and have been eager to read the companion book Where She Went for a while now. Funnily enough, I picked it up at the library yesterday, a different library than I normally go to. Of course, like it goes, I come home, check my e-mail and there is an e-mail from library letting me now it came in and is now on hold. Figures! 

Where She Went begins three years after the end of If I Stay. Adam is a rock star, he has everything you'd think he want, but he's unhappy and doesn't really seem to want any of it. It was interesting hearing inside the head of a guy. Gayle Forman has a really authentic way of writing. Just like in If I Stay, I felt connected to the character, as if he were real. And she really did a good job at the male voice.

I didn't feel as emotional about this book though. I mean, this didn't drive me to tears at any point. In If I Stay I was bawling like a baby at many points. I think that may have to do with the fact that If I Stay was really about a family, not just Mia, and I'm a Mother and the situation was just devastating. This was emotional, but in a different level to me personally. 

Overall this was an amazing book. I loved both books and strongly recommend them if you're looking for a good emotional read. 

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