Book Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She Went
If I Stay #2
Author: Gayle Forman
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Released: April 5th 2011
Review Source: Purchased

Summary: (from goodreads) 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.

‘Where She Went’ is the sequel of “If I Stay’. The book is told from Adam’s POV. Adam is now a rockstar, living the life of the rich and famous. Yet, his heart is empty. He is still heartbroken from Mia’s departure. She left without any explanation. When you read, you feel how deeply he was affected, it’s heartbreaking and tearjerker. While in New York, he encounters Mia…this book it’s a journey of forgiveness. You feel will feel his pain, loneliness, anxiety and most of all his anger.

I honestly loved this book but I felt the ending was short told. Throughout the book I found myself hating Mia. I resented her decision. They way she left. They way she didn’t keep in touch. I know she went through an extremely hard time but she had someone that truly cared. It was torturing reading their separation. What really got me pissed off is when she finally was able to speak with him the first time. She acted like she didn’t ruin his life. I felt like I needed to shield Adam into a world of rainbows and happiness. Reading the lyrics of his songs… OMG, the tears. This is a must read series.

I truly love Forman, her writing is so beautifully. I love how everything felt real. I love how she answers all my questions. I love how this book turns out to be a self discovery book. I love how much I hated Mia. I truly love how I forgave Mia, even though she didn’t do anything to me. Most of all, I love Adam. This roller coaster ride was just overwhelming. Forman is truly a rockstar!

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