Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Friday, October 05, 2012

Title : Where She Went
Author : Gayle Forman
Genre : Contemporary
Published Date : April 5th 2011
Publisher : Dutton Juvenile
Pages : 264
Awards : Goodreads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fiction (2011)ALA Teens' Top Ten Nominee (2012)The Inky Awards Nominee for Silver Inky longlist (2011)

Source : Bought
Rating : ✿✿✿✿✿

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.


If I Stay totally got its place on my heart, so when he sequel was up, I was like all excited. Although I have to admit, that blurb got me quite shocked all right. I mean, Mia walked out from Adam's life forever? Noo! Why?

And so, after some waiting for it to become available at my local bookstore, I finally got my hand on this book.

"For my first recital ever, they gave me a cello. And for this one, they gave me you."

Where She Went told us about Adam and Mia's relationship after Mia's near death experience, how it affect their life, and the aftermath of all that. Adam, now a famous rocker, was stuck in New York due to his job schedule. And by some fate, he met Mia once again, and determined to repair their cracked relationship.

I love how this book was told not from Mia's perspective, but rather from Adam's. It gave readers an interesting change and refreshing look at the story. When he felt all heartbroken and left behind with a big question mark at his heart, it truly touched me and I could very much felt sorry for him.

Adam, as out main character this time, had developed quite a lot, with him being all flat and two dimensional at If I Stay, he became all flesh and blood on this book. He was easily distinguishable, and I like his unique temper. 
Mia had shown a drastic change too, being a lot more calmer and composed, and I loved how Gayle Forman had written it in such a casual yet believable way.

One thing that was a bit disappointing from this book was how the story tend to sag in some points, especially on the beginning. I wasn't hooked at all, and I think that was kind of a let down, because a good books are supposed to hooked you right from the beginning.

Overall, I think this book is worth reading. The ending was satisfying, and the story would still linger even when you've finished reading it hours ago. If you're a contemporary lover, or if you love If I Stay, you should totally try this.

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  1. I loved "Where She Went" just as much as the first book! Lovely review!

  2. I hope to read both of these soon. I think I might like this second one better! Thanks for your thoughts!


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