Sunday, May 29, 2011

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

In the three years since the tragic accident Mia barely survived in If I Stay, she and high school ex-boyfriend Adam have lived separate lives on opposite coasts. But then Adam, now the dissatisfied front man of popular LA-based band Collateral Damage, stops over in New York City for one night before kicking off the European leg of his tour. It happens to be the same evening that Mia, now well on her way to becoming a renowned cellist, is performing at Carnegie Hall. Adam buys a ticket, planning to slip in and out, but Mia spots him and for the first time in years they’re face-to-face with each other and their shared past. Over the course of one evening, as Adam and Mia traverse the city’s streets, they relive the four days Mia spent in the intensive care unit as well as her departure to Juilliard and from the life she knew. Emotionally raw and incredibly moving, Gayle Forman again showcases her considerable talent for drawing complex characters who face impossible decisions and then bear the consequences. Equally as compelling as If I Stay, Where She Went is powerful, heartbreaking, and everything fans of Mia, Adam, and Forman could hope for. --Jessica Schein
I loved If I Stay so I was excited to pick this up. For me, it was a cross between the movie Rockstar and the book Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist. It's from Adam's perspective this time which I thought was a good move on Forman's part, and I've decided that if I ever write a sequel to Immersed it will be from Rick's perspective.

Forman did a cool thing with the book where one chapter was in present time and then the next chapter was from the past. She did this throughout the book so the reader would know what to expect, and while I mostly liked it, toward the end things started getting really interesting in the present sections that I almost wanted to skip the past chapters, but I didn't.


One thing that bothered me though was that Adam spent 3 years half-living after Mia broke up with him (understandably) and then they meet and at one point he gets closure and you think he's going to go on and be happy without her (because sometimes I like that happiness comes from within and no just from whoever you're with), but then they end up getting back together (yay) which I wanted from the beginning, but once I thought they wouldn't get back together and accepted it, when they actually did, I was a little sad. I mean that's 3 years that he practically lost and who's to say she won't break his heart again? I know, I know. These are mostly my issues, but they had to be said.

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