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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Where She Went by Gayle Forman (REVIEW)

Where She Went (If I Stay #2)  By Gayle Forman 
Genre: YA Realistic fiction -- Publication date: April 2011 -- Source: Library

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. (

Wow. This book is so good, and while it is the sequel to If I Stay it is so different! This book is told from Adam's perspective, who, if you read my last review you'd know, I completely fell in love with in the first book. But I fell in love with him all over again in Where She Went, but for different reasons. In this book, Adam is extraordinarily famous, he's got a beautiful new girlfriend, and he is completely broken. He never fully recovered from Mia's leaving him, and the fame has only corrupted him. Everything that he loves has pretty much been taken from him. Mia left him without a word. His relationship with his band is incredibly rocky. And his love for music has deteriorated.

And yet...

He sticks to his morals. He never once cheats on his girlfriend, he doesn't do heavy drugs. Okay, so he throws diva-fits at reporters, but I never claimed he was perfect. There is not much I can say about this blog without giving spoilers, but I love this book. Absolutely adored it.

It broke my heart multiple times. Gave me hope. Crushed that hope. Then returned it and then some. It left me with a bubble of warmth in my belly.

If you have read If I Stay but have not read Where She Went, I highly recommend that you do it now. I was crying on almost every page. If you haven't read If I Stay then...WHAT THE HECKTARDS ARE YOU WAITING FOR!?

I sucked in this book in about two hours, but it took me a few days to post my review because of school work and whatnot. But I haven't forgotten a single detail about the book. Read it. Really.

Once again, I can't post any specific reasons why I FREAKING LOVED THIS FREAKING BOOK because there is not a single aspect I don't love. The writing is beautiful and capturing, and, well, just read it. NOW.

If you like...

The Summer Series by Jenny Han
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
How It Ends by Laura Weiss

Then you'll love this book!

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