Monday, August 18, 2014

Review: Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman

So after getting invited by a local indie bookstore to an advanced screening of the movie If I Stay, I decided I needed to hurry up and read the 2nd book in the series, so I was able to check it out from the high school library where I work.  Now, it wasn't exactly a book from Adam, Mia's boyfriend's, point of view during the time when Mia was in the hospital. Which is what I thought it was.  SPOILER ALERT It was actually what happened after she woke up.  If you've read the book, you know that it ends right at that point.  So the readers are left wondering what next.  How will she go on without her family, how will her relationship with Adam go on after the strain of her applying for Julliard?  And will she make it into Julliard?  The movie gives you the answer to that, as you will also know from this second book.

Adam's band Shooting Star has made it big.  We pick up with Adam three years after everything happened.  He's alone now, Mia went on to Julliard, and months after she left, she stopped calling or returning calls and texts.  And so Adam moved on, albeit not necessarily happily.  He's a bit of a mess.  He's had a falling out with his band, but not to the point that they're not together anymore.  He just always travels separately, and even stays in a different hotel than they do.  He's dating a movie star named Brynn now.  Even with all the fallout between the band members, they all have in a contract that they cannot talk about him and Mia in any way to reporters. And so far it's worked.  However Adam is still not happy, he misses Mia, but also has become superstitious, as well as very anxious, having to even take medicine for the anxiety. 

Where this book starts is Adam in New York City, having an interview, with someone who does ask him about Mia.  He throws a bit of a fit, and leaves.  The rest of the band has already flown to Europe for the next part of the tour, but he didn't want to fly on Friday the 13th, so his flight doesn't leave that day.  He wanders around NYC, hoping not to be noticed, when she sees a sign for a performance by Mia.  He buys a ticket and goes, he thinks incognito.  But he is recognized, and after the performance, Mia has someone ask him to come backstage.  This leads to them talking, and spending the next several hours together catching up.  In between the chapters of this, we have flashbacks where we find out just what happened to Adam, and how he developed all the issues he's suffering from. 

The book lets us follow along on this chance meeting to discover if their relationship will finally get closure, or if they might be back with the one they were always meant to be with.

A good read, not as good as the first, but still enjoyable.  It was hard to read just how far Adam had kind of fallen, and at first very hard to understand why Mia did what she did. But their conversations make it clear to Adam, and helps the reader to understand.  And the ending is a good one, one that you'll probably be wanting as you finish the book.  So I definitely recommend reading on, and do go see the movie.  It was so good I left with tears drying on my face.

10 comments:

  1. I thought the same thing you did when I first read WSW, but I don't know. I love it now. I absolutely love it. It doesn't hurt in the same way, but it hurts nonetheless. I love it soooo much. But, I totally agree with you about the closure. I love where it ends. I just saw the movie and gah. I want to own it right now. I need the DVD. I can't wait to pre-order it.

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    1. I did really like Where She Went. I loved the movie too!!! So good! I want to own it for the love story part, but some parts were just so emotional, will be hard to watch them again. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. The spoilers only made me want to read it like NOW! I love the first book so much, I was probably hugging and crying out of my wits. I actually read your review twice because my eyes are reading too fast and can't get any of what I'm reading because my mind's like "OMG OMG OMG" Haha. Off to the bookstore to buy the book!

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    1. It was such a great read. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did!

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  3. I did see the movie and loved it and I was thrilled with this book. Yes I was angry with Mia, she hurt him so much but then again she was young, just lost her family, angry at Adam (right or wrong) and she had to find her own way. What saddened me was how far Adam did fall just like you said, that was hard to read. I loved the ending and I felt like I got all of the answers I needed. Thanks for the review

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    1. Yes, it was forgivable for her to hurt him. Still made me sad though. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. great review..but it scares me from getting to the second book, I so dont want to read about any kind of fallout between what I think of an ideal couple..thanks for the review, it kinda helps in sparing me from a heartache lol

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    1. oh no, you should read it! I promise it is totally worth all of it.

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  5. Read book 1, have not seen the movie yet, yes I know boo me. But based on book 1, I think book 2 will book 2 will be better for me. I'm glad there's closure though. Interested to see how it plays out!

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