Gayle Forman Where She Went
272 pp. Dutton Books (Penguin) 2011 ISBN: 978-0-525-42294-5
Full Disclosure: Received ARC at NCTE
Release Date: April 5, 2011
**Note- If you haven’t read If I Stay don’t read this review**
Summary (From the publisher):
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 at the end of 2009 and really enjoyed it. I booktalked it and encouraged my students to read it, and I think my students enjoyed it even more than me. When I learned that Gayle Forman was writing a sequel, I was definitely pumped and intrigued. I hate the word “closure”, but that word came to mind when the summary was released. And, well, I barely have words to adequately express how much I LOVE Where She Went.
I know I get gushy often, and I’m always sincere when the gushiness happens, but seriously! Many people will say that when they really love a book they’ll read it again. There are simply too many books for me to read one more than once, but I will read Where She Went again, maybe even a third time. I love it that much.
I’m a big fan of Elsewhere and The Lovely Bones, so If I Stay was a big hit simply because of the setting and premise. And I enjoyed Mia and really felt for her. But Gayle Forman hit a home run writing this from Adam’s point of view. He is so real and troubled and lovesick. He came alive on the page. When I had to put the book down to perform important functions like eating, Adam stayed on my mind. It’s not that often that characters and a story stay with me as long as Adam and Mia did in Where She Went.
Gayle Forman solidified how talented she is with this novel. And honestly, I enjoyed her writing from a guy’s point of view more than a girl’s. I hope she writes more about guys! The story moved flawlessly and is full of heart-wrenching emotion. This is a five star, must read!