Saturday, May 28, 2011

Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 264 pages

PublisherDutton Juvenile; 1st edition (April 5th 2011)
Language: English
Source: Purchased from Power Books
First Sentence: "Every morning I wake up and I tell myself this: It's just one day, one twenty-four-hour period to get yourself through."
Favorite Line from the Book"But I'd do it again. I know that now. I'd make that promise a thousand times over and lose her a thousand times over to have heard her play last night or to see her in the morning sunlight. Or even without that. Just to know that she's somewhere out there. Alive.
Book Summary:  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 StayWhere She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.
Just like If I Stay, this companion novel had me preoccupied for about a couple of hours and when I say preoccupied I am the kind who cannot be bothered or talked to coherently.  It means that my mind is totally else where... it means that I was in New York following Adam's and Mia's story.  That was how engrossing this book is.  Unlike If I Stay though, Where She Went is not as emotionally packed novel (simply put, I didn't choke with tears), but still heartbreaking and intense.  This novel is told in Adam's point of view and took place three years after Mia woke up.

This is Adam's story, his journey to life with Mia and without her.  The book is centered around Adam's state after three years of Mia leaving him.  Just like If I Stay, the novel still gives us flashbacks of the memories of Adam and through that we see his devastation, broken heart, watch him rise to fame, and see him trying to cure his wounds through writing music and watch him struggle to get over each day without Mia.

Mia on the other hand is still coping up with the loss of her family and through the author's writing, I felt how hard it would be if I am in Mia's shoes.  I might as well end up making the same decisions as hers and even let go of that one person whom I love deeply.

I love how the author was able to write such a powerful and intense book.  After reading If I Stay, I had my reservations about this book.  I mean, can Gayle Forman top If I Stay with this sequel?  My answer after putting down this book is a resounding YES!  She was able to yet again engulf me in the world of Mia and Adam and she was able to envelope me with the emotions of both characters.

Where She Went is a book about selflessness, sacrifices, moving on, acceptance, closure, and forgiveness.  Any person who will read this book will get a feel of how it is like to live your life day in, day out knowing that you have this entire hole in your being and only one person can fill it in.

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Great review! That's what I have been hearing about this book, that it's so much better!

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