Monday, June 6, 2011

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Book 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 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.
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Book Review:
Oh my dear Gayle Forman, do you know how to write a book! This is an emotional roller-coaster of love, regret, anger, denial, loss, and acceptance. Forman's prose are so vivid and lyrical, I experience what the characters experience. I live in the moment they are created. Though I have never been to New York City, I feel that I have experienced it through the eyes of Adam and Mia. What a sad and tragic tale they have forgone. It starts in the previous book, If I Stay, which if you haven't already read, do so now! Mia loses her family in a horrible car crash, and we struggle along-side her as she decides if she will live and grieve, or pass away and join the rest of her family. In Where She Went, we follow Adam as he attempts to come to grips with his experience with Mia and how he has dealt with life since. Needless to say, you should have your kleenex handy. Overall, this is a beautiful story (both books one and two). Where She Went gave me the closure I needed, and some well-needed insight into both characters and the paths they both chose to pursue. I am definitely keeping Gayle Forman on my radar! She possesses a talent for superb writing. I hope to see more from her in the future! Check out her website here.

Favorite Quote:

“But still, I find the need to remind myself of the temporariness of a day, to reassure myself that I got through yesterday, I'll get through today.” 

Cover Art Commentary:
I just love this cover! I adore the colors and it looks very nice next to my paperback copy of If I Stay. My only complaint is that I would have liked to see Adam featured on the cover, rather than Mia.

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  1. Both books sounds so emotional and are tear jerking reads. I know that when I do read it I'll be crying my eyes out since I'm such a easy crier.

  2. I'm so glad you liked this! Have you seen my 'inspired by a book' post yet? I put up a song that I thought Adam could be singing for Mia! I hope you check it out because I want to know what you think of it :)

  3. I have never read either of the books but they sound so good! I like books that are powerful enough to make me emotional!

  4. i don't know why i haven't read this yet. i loved loved loved If I Stay, so i'm sure i'll love this one, too.

    the trailer kind of creeped me out a bit, to be honest, with the weird guy voice, but i think i'll see if i can find this book like, right now!

  5. I agree its such a roller coaster! Glad you enjoyed it!