Where She Went

April 6th, 2011 Books
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Dutton Juvenile
ISBN 0525422943 (ISBN13: 9780525422945)
primary language English
original title Where She Went


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 Julliard’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.

*From goodreads*

My Thoughts

I own a Nook, but for some reason I had to actually have “the book” of WHERE SHE WENT.  I guess maybe because I actually have hopes of  having Gayle Forman actually signing my book…yep, I am a fan.  So, on the day of the release (yesterday), I dropped the kiddos off at school and came home and piddled until 9:40, then I hopped in the car and then trucked down to my local Borders (it doesn’t open until 10) and grabbed the book.  First off, let me say, they didn’t have it on the front table and it really bothered me.  How could they not know how much this book deserved to be on the front table.  Anyway…so I grabbed my book and have to say, I LOVED the cover.  The girl on the cover seems to convey so much with such a simple look, grief, pain, memories, moving on. I then continued to shop, and you will soon hear about all the other books I grabbed (even though I was ONLY going to go get Where She Went).  Then I booked home where I thought I would finish my ‘chores’ and then begin reading.

WELL…true to my Twitter bio, I skipped the chores and went right for the book.  I couldn’t put it down.  I started reading around noon and had to stop at 3:00 to fetch child #1 from school.   Chit chat, chit chat…ok, homework time for him and I grab a few more minutes of reading time.  Oh snap, time to fetch child #2 and child #3.  Grab them, same thing, chit chat, chit chat, homework and read…dinner time comes and I take the easiest dinner I can think of that isn’t pizza and throw it together and we sit to eat.  We do a little chit chat, I can tell I am rushing the conversation because I won’t be THAT rude and break my book out at the table. Ok…dinner’s done and I don’t leave the table because I am already reading….YEP…the book is that good!

So, I get the kiddos to bed and finish up my book.  I just can’t explain what I felt as I wrapped it up.  There were times while reading that I forgot it was a book of fiction.  My heart just absolutely broke for Adam.  I was so glad that it was written in Adam’s voice.  I thought he was so likable in If I Stay and I really liked him in Where She Went.  I just wanted to embrace him and make everything ok.  His pain and suffering were so visual.  I felt as though I wasn’t reading but rather viewing this story play out right in front of me.  I didn’t cry as much as I did with If I Stay, which is a good thing.  Quite frankly, I was getting a little worried about myself as I read If I Stay.  That being said, I still found Where She Went to grip me emotionally and provoked a whirlwind of thoughts.

Mia and Adam were so lovable.  I thought that Where She Went was a great sequel to If I Stay.  The story line didn’t stray from the mood and tone that were set in If I Stay and I so appreciated it.  I feel so connected to this story.  It has truly become my favorite story.  I am glad that I didn’t read If I Stay until last week.  Reading Where She Went while the emotion I felt from If I Stay was so fresh was very uplifting for me.  I highly recommend both If I Stay and Where She Went, I know that you will not be disappointed.

Where She Went is a wonderful story about grief and all its varying stages and degrees, forever friendships and first loves.

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