3 April 2016

Review #387: Where She Went (If I Stay, #2) by Gayle Forman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Once you had put the pieces back together, even though you may look intact, you were never quite the same as you'd been before the fall.” 

----Jodi Picoult

Gayle Forman, an award-winning best-selling author, has penned a heart-touching tale of young broken love, called, Where She Went which is the sequel to If I Stay. This book spins three years after Mia's accident and with Adam's POV who is a big rockstar in LA whereas Mia is finishing her graduation in Julliard. Not only that, we get to know who Adam really is and who he was when he met Mia for the first time.


If you had a second chance at first love ...would you take it? It's been three years since Adam's love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it ...and three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever. Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard'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, powerful 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.

Three years after Mia's accident that killed her parents and her younger brother, Mia is in New York, finishing her school in Julliard. And she has broken up with Adam without any explanation. Adam is now a famous rockstar in LA, and is in a live-in relationship with a famous celebrity, Bryn. But Adam cannot forget Mia, and his sudden trip to New York leaves him face-to-face with the ghost of his past, Mia. Mia immediately asks Adam to come along on a New York tour before they both leave for tour. But will Adam be able to keep his undying feelings for Mia under control, who has changed so much since the accident? What was the reason that made Mia break up with Adam? This is the finale of Adam and Mia's story, of how one night into Mia's favorite places in the New York City gives birth to their hidden and lost love for one another. Read this final book to once again fall in love with Mia and Adam.

I cried for Adam, I felt resentment towards Mia, I felt excited for Adam and finally I felt really happy for both Mia and Adam. And all thanks to Gayle Forman, for justifying and putting a really beautiful and satisfying end to her story of Mia and Adam. Honestly, Mia's story is heart-breaking and sad, but the love for family is highlighted in the first book, whereas in this book, Adam's irrevocable love for Mia is so true that it is evident from his POV, as everything he does, it is somehow connected to Mia. Even though Mia broke up with Adam with no explanation, he could never hate her. All the while I felt like reaching out to Adam and hugging him tightly.

The writing is beautiful and laced with deep and painful emotions, the kind of feeling you will get if you have that "the one that got away" in your life. The narrative is nostalgic and evocative and flows freely. The story is engrossing as there is so much drama behind Adam's band members that kept me turning the pages till the end. There are some beautiful moments between Adam and Mia, written with so much passion and feels that I cherished them even after the end of the book. The pacing is really fast, as the story instantly pulled me into its depth.

The characters are once again so well-developed and this time, the limelight is on Adam, who is a gem and I bet girls would kill to be with him. He is the most understanding person, who let Mia go from his life as he vowed when Mia was in the coma. And despite of so much glitters, money, cheering, Adam is not happy in his new life and that is happy from the opening sentence of the book that says that how he wants to get through a 24 hours in a day. Mia seemed bit mature and laid back but Mia was not that striking person who was once three years ago. There are some new characters and some old characters, that are well-built and keeps the story interesting.

Overall, this short ending finale to Mia and Adam's love story is fascinating yet poignant. The love depicted between Adam and Mia is pure and with lots of hidden passion that made me fall in love yet all over again and it definitely moved me a lot. Their love is captured with realism, challenges, struggles and resolution and promises. It is amazing to feel that kind of love. Do read this book before the movie rolls in.

I hear the movie adaption of this book is under shooting starring Jamie Blackley as Adam, and I really can't wait to see this movie, which I bet will be another major hit.

Read the review of If I Stay

Verdict: A must read book if want some closure on Mia and Adam's story!

Courtesy: Best buy by me!

Author Info:
Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
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