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4.0 out of 5 stars Where She Went reviewed by The Book Vixen
Why I Read this Book: This book is a must read for anyone who's read If I Stay. In fact, if you've already read If I Stay, chances are you been anxiously awaiting the release for the sequel. There was a pretty big cliffhanger at the end of If I Stay and if you're like me, you need to know what happens next. And you get that closure in Where She Went.
Published on April 5, 2011 by The Book Vixen
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3.0 out of 5 stars A character study that did not excite me
Where She Went by Gayle Forman is a sequel to If I Stay. In the first novel Mia was in a coma after a huge car accident where she lost her parents and her brother. This novel takes place three years after the accident. Adam meets Mia after her recital and we are given background on Adam's life in the past year through flashbacks.
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Published on April 14, 2011 by S. Power
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book,
It was amazing! I hope you read it! It was worth my money!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great,
5.0 out of 5 stars Luv it,
3.0 out of 5 stars It was alright,
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reading the Paranormal Recommended Read,
One thing that struck me in book 1 was that Mia felt like a hanger-on at Adam's concerts. She enjoyed his music and she loved seeing him lose himself when he played but she never felt like she fit in. It's an admittedly little thing, but he went out of his way to support her and she tried but never quite embraced that side of him. I think Mia needed a chance to grow a little. The three years that have passed gave her time to face her grief and her pain. It gave her time to do a lot of things. Not all of them were good. But, then, the way she walked away from Adam also put him on a path, musically speaking, that gave him a chance to achieve something that he otherwise wouldn't have been able to achieve. She shattered him and he was able to take those little pieces of himself and turn it into something that touched others.
Adam is a wreck. He's reached a point where the music that used to be his escape can't fill the emptiness inside him. His emotions and heartache bled across every page. It was hard reading it at times. It was hard to see him so manic and swamped by depression and fear. Then he sees Mia again and things get both a little bit better in that moment and a little bit worse.
It's beautiful and terrible and heartbreaking all at once.
This book brings the closure that both Mia and Adam needed. It wraps the two of them up together and forces them to face the things that have happened. It pulls them and pushes them and makes them stronger when they come out on the other side. Adam was so alive here, even when he was spiraling downward. His story deserved to be told and I'm so, SO glad I read it.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Follow-Up to Wonderful Book,
The Low Down: Adam Wilde is a wreck. He should be happier than he's been in his whole life - his band, Shooting Star, is huge; he's in L.A. dating a gorgeous actress; he's living the dream. But truth be told, he never got over Mia. After an amazing recovery, she gets to attend Juilliard just like she always wanted to. Adam didn't figure that he'd never see her again.
Turning his pain into gold, Adam writes some of the best songs ever. At first, the adulation, the awards, the crowds, the groupies - they're all great. Then once the novelty wears off, he is again confronted with emptiness. He's short tempered, anxious, fighting with his band. He can't wait for the latest tour to be over so he can hole up somewhere and ignore everyone.
Then three years later, fate intervenes while he is finishing up some work in the New York City. Will Adam finally get a chance to find out why Mia walked away so he can finally move on?
Best Thang `Bout It: I love that this Part 2 is told in Adam's voice. This has to be his story, since he is the one left brokenhearted and alone. There can't be just a couple of paragraphs about how devastated he was/is; it has to permeate the story so we can understand how he's gotten to where he is today (both career-wise and personally).
True to the original book, this one is also told with many flashbacks. That brings the two volumes together even though they are different stories. I said in my review for If I Stay that "Adam is the best soon-to-be-a-rock-star boyfriend ever found in print." I still stand by those words. This is a person who went through something horrible in the first book only to think he got through the worst of it. He made a request and found that he could not live with the outcome.
As for Mia, she is not the baddie in this tale; far from it. She has a lot of questions herself and has to live with being the survivor when she wasn't even completely sold on surviving in the first place. The most important question now is: does she want to survive or live?
I just love the writing style. It quietly fills your heart and lungs and tear ducts and soul and takes up residence. Since this time it's in Adam's voice, the tenor changes and he speaks like a guy would speak. (I mean man). It definitely makes it more realistic.
I'm Just Sayin': Maybe I steeled myself for this one, but I think it was only a 3 tissue book this time around. I know the story is over, and really, it could have gone either way. It's not really decided until the very end...and you know it's the right decision.
To Read or Not To Read: There's real-time angst and closure, flashback happiness and devastation. And you know you need closure. So get on it.
Where She Went by Gayle Forman was published April 5, 2011 by Dutton Juvenile.
Genre: New Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance Series
Ages: 14 and up
You Might Want to Know: Mild profanity
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it better than the first,
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice follow up,
5.0 out of 5 stars The Paper Critic - Review,
This review is from: Where She Went (Hardcover)This book deserves a lot more than what it gets credit for, and I'll say this Gayle Forman has done it again. If I Stay is a two book series at the moment, that both books are so raw, emotional, and even inspiring. These books live up to Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and I'm not sure as a combined pair which one I would prefer to re-read first (between Before I Fall and the If I Stay series). Both are fantastically done, but what differs is the type of emotion Gayle taps into in her series.
The book burns with greif, abandonment issues, and even a life Adam doesn't want to be living. The raw depression he sinks into time and time again when he remembers Mia and the what happened after her stay at the hospital. With the book taking three years after the accident that left Mia without a immediate family and leaving Adam, the book focuses on Adam's unresolved issues and what he needs to move on and become whole again.
How the two connect in this book, I thought it would be more of a happen chance that "music" seems to bring them together and a fire starts. However apparently Gayle thought that would be too easy and thus Where She Went was born. The two do meet when Adam is left in New York, because he won't board a play on Friday the thirteenth and he finds a concert hall where Mia is playing. He listens to her, and things pick up from there.
Mia and Adam for the single day they learn a lot more than what they probably intended about how each of them have changed. How Mia has moved on past her parents and family's deaths, and is making a life for herself in the music world. I figured through some of her speak and the context of some of the words that even if she does enjoy the music and in the moments she's playing can see and feel her family again, there is something about all of it that bothers her.
However, the biggest issue is Adam. This story of how he feels completely left out of the grieving process. He was close to Mia's family as well, but wasn't expected or allowed to grieve or feel bad for what happened to Mia at all. Then when Mia left, there was a void, something inside him that I believe exploded. When he finally lashed out there was a sudden success in the band Shooting Stars fame and popularity through the songs that Adam wrote.
There were times when reading this book, and reading some of the excerpts of the lyrics from the songs (which were fantastic), that I wished they were real songs. Maybe they are and I'm not looking hard enough, but to me that would be something out of this world and give me a better insight to what was trying to be conveyed, the tone, the personality behind all the lyrics. With the lyrics though, you can tell the pain Adam is in, the sort of loss and emptiness he feels.
The ending, I won't give it away, was breathtaking. I thought I knew how it was going to end, and when my thought fluttered across the pages with more to go, I was a little bit beside myself. It wasn't a bad ending, it wasn't that it was predictable, it was something that was just so well done that it guided me through the plot and when I thought I understood what was coming there was still something I didn't look or forsee to be told.
Gayle Forman is a fantastic author and I hope the very best for her, and any other books that she puts out. I can't wait to see future books done by her, and I highly highly recommend her to any one who wants to get into a seriously deep emotional book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Love, heartbreak, and longing,If I Stay, is a very different story, and not only because the sequel is narrated by Adam, rather than Mia. If you read "If I Stay," (and if you didn't, I highly recommend it), you know that it ended with an incredible cliffhanger, and here with the sequel, we have the resolution.
Maybe Gayle Forman has more of a knack writing romance from the male perspective, but I have a much better sense of the (former) love between Adam and Mia in this book than I did with Stay. I just didn't really get it when Mia narrated, but with Adam, I could feel his love, his heartbreak, and his longing.
As the title indicates, we learn what happened to Mia during the three years after she squeezed Adam's hand in the hospital bed until their somewhat chance encounter after her concert at Carnegie Hall. Mia is now a famous cellist, and Adam is a rock star with an actress girlfriend and constantly hounded by paparazzi. (A little unrealistic, but let's go with it.) Mia disappeared soon after her recovery and rehabilitation, leaving a devastated Adam in her wake. Adam is still tortured by Mia's decision, and we feel it on every page. The tension between the two is palpable, and neither one is willing to broach the topic of their break-up. When Adam finally explodes, we readers, along with Adam and Mia, can finally breathe. The wall between the two is shattered, and the rest is just...beautiful.
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Where She Went by Gayle Forman (Hardcover - April 5, 2011)