Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Review: Where She Went

Author: Gayle Forman
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
Copy provided by: Publisher
Summary (via Goodreads):

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.

Why I read this: I just loved If I Stay. LOVED it, so when I heard there was a sequel, I had to pick it up. When it appeared on my doorstep it was like fate. :)

Plot: Taking off a few years later from If I Stay, this book is from the point of view of Adam, who is a successful rock star, yet he feels like the world is slowly tumbling down around him. Without Mia, he seems to have little purpose and is a wealth of emotions that are ready to overflow. A chance meeting will change his life forever. I just loved the rawness in this book. There's such a twist in your heart as you read this sequel to a book that did just the same. I love the way this book played out, it was absolutely magical and absolutely realistic all at once.

Characters: Adam is such a wreck when we meet him at the beginning of this book. A lovable wreck, but definitely a walking disaster. I love the world we get a peak into with this book, with the infamy aspect of being a famous musician. You almost hate Mia when she comes back into the picture, but Adam's love is so huge you can't help but start to forgive her.

Relatability: Anyone can relate to this, those who have lost someone or lost touch with someone, people who are musicians, those who have had relationships.. there's so much in here that anyone could relate to.

Cover Commentary: Love it. :)

Rating: 5/5

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  1. Yes! The rawness of this book, particularly of Adam's emotions, is what made this book work.

  2. This book is amazing. Everything about it is just beautiful. Ms. Gayle Forman surely made a great decision for writing it from Adam's POV.

  3. Just brought this one home from the library!

  4. I just finished this book too and I adored it. It was fantastic.

  5. I've heard good things about this book. I'll have to look into it, i.e. content and availability. I like that it's told from the guy's POV as I don't get that a lot in the books I read. Nice review!

  6. Oh! I loved this book! Gayle Forman is amazing!


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