Review: Where She Went (If I Stay #2)
Series: If I Stay #2
Released by Dutton Books on 5 April 2011
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.
I read If I Stay two years ago and personally wasn’t really sold at first. Mainly that was because of all those flashbacks, which in the end kind of made sense because Mia was in a coma for the majority of the book. So after finishing the book, I decided to put the sequel, Where She Went, on hold for a while. And then the movie came out. It took me a very long time to start watching that movie, and that is just because I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to come and see it with me. So this month, I finally watched If I Stay and oh I cried. A lot.
After watching the movie I decided I wanted to give the books another go and started reading Where She Went. WSW happens three years after the accident, three years after Mia woke from the coma, three years after she left for Julliard and never returned. The book is from Adam’s point of view, which took a couple of pages for me to get used to. (I don’t know, I’m just more used to reading from a girl/woman’s POV than a boy/man’s. Maybe it’s because I’m a girl myself). Anyway, Adam is now a superstar, playing all kinds of (sold out) shows all over the world. He’s dating an (older) actress and he’s living the rockstar life. But behind the scenes things aren’t really what they seem. And then, he meets Mia again.
I liked this book a bit more because, even though there were flashbacks, there was still a story going on outside those flashbacks. It wasn’t just people sitting in the hospital and waiting for news like in IIS. But this story had a bit more ‘action’, we see Adam recording a song, having an interview, going on a sort of scavenger hunt with Mia and then eventually travel to England for a performance.
I don’t really remember if I liked Mia and Adam as a couple when I first read the book, but I did like them a bit when I watched the movie; in this book I didn’t really like them as individual characters, because they were both a bit douche-y. I told myself that they weren’t going to end up together at the end of this book, because I thought that would be the obvious answer. View Spoiler »But, as usual, I was wrong and they did end up together again. *sigh* I just hoped they would part ways as friends and Adam would go back to his famous girlfriend and Mia would find some other cello player or something. Not that I mind them being together, I was just hoping for something different than what usually happens. « Hide Spoiler
In the end, I did enjoy Where She Went, when I got used to all the flashbacks and the changes in Mia and Adam’s characters, and basically I just really loved Gayle Forman’s writing. And is it me, or does the girl on the cover look a bit like Emilie de Ravin?
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