Thursday, January 17, 2013

Review: Where She Went - Gayle Forman

Where She Went - Gayle Forman

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

Adam’s Promise: If you stay, I’ll do whatever you want. I’ll quit the band; go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I’ll do that too. .. And that would suck, but I’ll do it. I can lose you like that, if I don’t lose you today. I’ll let you go. If you stay.

Could YOU hold up to your promise? Harder than it may seem.. Especially when someone means more than the world to you. If you didn't think they heard the promise, would you renege? What if they heard... and you didn't keep it. 

This was my first ever Audiobook.

Needless to say, I loved it. It's very hard for me to get into someone else telling a story, and picturing it in my mind the way I would if I were to read it. At first I was distracted by other thoughts, and had to rewind a few times cause I found I just wasn't paying attention. After I got over the whole listening to someone read to me, I found I relaxed and enjoyed it. It's a nice change compared to sore eyes!

Where She Went is the sequel to If I stay. Instead of being from Mia's POV, Gayle Forman throws you a curve and writes this in Adam's POV. Genius. I loved the first novel. But this one... the raw emotion, just kept me *listening* and I just couldn't stop. In the beginning of each chapter, Adam quoted lyrics to one of his songs off of his album Collateral Damage. Moving, beautiful and raw, it brings you deeper into the pain, grief, and suffering he's occurred the past three years after Mia's accident. 

I have to say, there was probably too much time in between the time I read the first book, to the time I *listened* to this one. However, Forman did an EXCELLENT job at recapping the first novel. She also does an amazing job at blending the past with the present. Flashbacks from right after the accident happened, loom over Adam's mind all the time. 

Through the first half of this book, I couldn't be more pissed off at Mia. I was like, Oh THIS bitch. How could you do that to Adam!? But then, I understood the reasoning behind the actions. Adam understood and Mia understood. That's all that ever mattered. Adam and Mia. 

I loved this book. Perfect sequel to the first. The POV change just made it that much better. This is definitely a raw emotional stay under the covers sobbing in bed read. It's totally worth your tears. If the story of Adam and Mia ends here, I'll be satisfied. If it doesn't... Well, if Gayle can keep it up to the same level as this one I'm all for that, too. 


  1. Wonderful review. I really enjoyed this one too. I just wanted to reach through the page and pinch her for what she put Adam through.
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  2. OMG, I *love* this book. Plus, I think the girl on the cover looks like Claire in LOST. :)