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{Where She Went: Gayle Forman}Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay
Published by Speak on April 5, 2011
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Source: Store Bought
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5 Stars



{Synopsis} – Its 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.

{My thoughts} – This book is written in a completely different style then the first which had caught me off guard. It’s not that the style change is a bad thing, I just think that consistency could have made it better.

The main focus of this book is Adam. The devastation he is left to endure after Mia leaves him for Juilliard. He goes through a lot of bad before he is finally able to pick himself up and realize that he can turn all that bad into something good, something powerful and something worth sharing with the world.

Somehow in the middle of him trying to sort his life out he ends up going to a concert where he sees Mia play. He watches her on one of the biggest nights of her life and even though he didn’t want her to know he was there she had found out. Once the concert is over she asks for him to be brought to her backstage they have a chat and he leaves. He is in a whirl of mixed emotions at this point and while he is walking away she is chasing after him and they resume their conversation.

This entire book is based on their conversation. They traipse all over New York City and they talk. They try to find common ground, they try to sort out everything, most of all they try to come to an understanding.

I laughed and I teared up while reading this book just as I did with the first. I have to admit even the the style was different it was still incredibly well written. I enjoyed reading it and I will more then likely try and read this series again sometime in the future. There is a lot one can learn from within it’s pages.