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Monday, June 27, 2011

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (April 5, 2011)
Buy the Book:  Amazon
Series: If I Stay

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.
This book is a sequel to "If I Stay" (my review) and I was so glad to find the continuation of the story of Mia Hall. This book is told from the view point of Mia's former love, Adam Wilde, and takes place 3 years after the accident that killed Mia's parents and young brother. It was the word "former" that threw me for a loop. At the end of the previous book, Adam and Mia were still very close and very much in love. I wanted to find out what had happened to drive them apart, and surprisingly, the book is about Adam trying to find out exactly the same thing.

In the three years that have passed, Mia has been attending Juillard and becoming a world class cellist. Adam's band, Shooting Star, has become hugely popular, playing sold out venues and winning major awards. Adam is the lead singer as well as the writer of their hit songs and has become the singular target of the media while the rest of the band goes largely unnoticed. This has caused a lot of friction between the band members who are about to go on a big European tour. While Adam is living the Rock Star lifestyle he is not a happy guy. He is currently living with Hollywood's leading starlet but keeps himself going with cigarettes and doctor's prescriptions. Adam has one night alone in New York City before heading to England. As he walks the streets, he sees an advertisement for a Young Concert Series featuring none other than Mia Hall. On impulse he buys a ticket and sets in motion a night spent in reminiscing, remorse and reconnection. The question of why Mia stopped taking his calls is answered along with why he has let his life get so out of control.

I did not like this book as much as I did "If I Stay" but it was very satisfying to know what happened to the characters that I liked so much. Both books do a good job of showing what can happen when people are thrown into unexpected circumstances whether they might be considered good circumstances or bad. Both main characters suffered great losses and had to learn how to best put their lives back together and move forward. I would recommend this book to anyone who reads "If I Stay" but I'm not sure if it would be as meaningful to those who haven't read the first one.

  • Sexual Content:  Heavy
  • Profanity:  Heavy
  • Violence:  Mild
  • Other Notables:  Adam smokes heavily
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