Book: Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Date Published: April 5th, 2011
Date Started: March 4th, 2014
Date Finished: March 7th, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: If I Stay, Just One Day, Just One Year, I Was Here
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.
**There are SPOILERS for If I Stay in this review. If you have not read it yet, and want to, please do not continue reading. If you have read If I Stay, then go right on ahead!
So, as you can see, I jumped right into the sequel of If I Stay. I’m quite unsure which one I liked better. Both had its redeeming points. If I Stay had its beautiful writing, with a haunting, chilling, romantic feeling to it. But Where She Went had more action happen between the two characters, Adam and Mia.
Where She Went picks up three years after the events of If I Stay. In If I Stay, Mia Hall was in a terrible accident and her ghostly form had to decide whether she wanted to move on with her deceased family, or stay and live out the rest of her life. In Where She Went, Adam and Mia are no longer together. Adam has become a rock star with his band, Shooting Star. Mia has become a overnight sensation with her cello. But Adam’s success is only due to the fact that Mia left him three years ago. Success also hasn’t been as enchanting for Adam as it often seems for others. But one fateful night, Adam and Mia are reunited. Adam must now decide if he wants the closure hes been dreaming of or if he should rekindle his love with Mia.
Where She Went is told from the perspective of Adam. Gayle Forman seems to be a fan of telling one side of a story in the first book, and then the other side of the story in the sequel. She did the same thing for the Just One Day and Just One Year books with Allyson and Willem. Much like the first book, Adam delves into his mind for memories before Mia’s accident, during her recovery in the hospital, and after she left Adam. I felt this to be a bit more of Adam trying to figure out how he became a introvertive rockstar in a world that craves your attention. He seemed to be picking apart the memories that he had of Mia, trying to understand where everything went wrong. In If I Stay, Mia had a bigger decision in trying to figure out if she wanted to live or die. I have to say, that Adam was very moody. Which is understandable, I guess, but he was a jerk to EVERYONE. It seemed like he was abandoned, even though he told Mia to abandon him if she wanted to. In my opinion, I thought that Mia was trying to spare Adam from the rollercoaster ride of emotional recovery. She seemed to handle it very well. Adam on the other hand… not so much.
I think that now that I’ve had some time to think about it, I liked If I Stay better. The memories of Mia seemed to flow and connect in a seamless way that was hauntingly beautiful. I was appreciative of the action of Where She Went, but I received more heartfelt meaning from If I Stay.
The one thing that I always hope for when reading a book surrounding music, is some sort of included playlist. I even wish that some books would include cds or download codes for a playlist to listen to while reading. Each chapter of Where She Went included a snippet of lyrics from Adam’s album that made him a big rockstar. These songs all revolved around Mia. I wish that I could have heard those songs actually being played. I am hoping that the movie for If I Stay will include some of Adam’s original music.