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Where She Went Hardcover – Apr 5 2011
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"[A] gorgeous portrayal of rejection and rekindled love." - USA Today "Forman follows up her bestselling "If I Stay" with a story that is equally if not more powerful . . . " - Publishers Weekly, starred review --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
About the Author
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day and Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.See all Product Description
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While I did have a bit of difficulty connecting to Mia in this book, as I had in "If I Stay", feeling that she wasn't quite a developed as I would have liked, I did have a bit of an easier time in this book which I think can be attributed to Adam's perspective of her. Furthermore, the secondary characters of this series made more of an impact on me in this book than they had in "If I Stay"- from Liz to Kim to beyond.
That being said, while in "If I Stay" I really enjoyed the flashbacks as it allowed us to garner a better insight of Mia and Adam's relationship, I found myself growing increasingly frustrated with them in this book- I wanted to know what was happening with Mia and Adam in the here-and-now and not Mia and Adam of the past (similarly to how I felt in Laini Taylor's "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" with Akiva and Karou's relationship). However, I felt that the song lyrics which preceded some of the chapters more than made up for the iffy flashbacks and brought a certain je ne sais quoi to the book.Read more ›
Adam is about to start a European tour with Shooting Star. Since heading off on his own, he has attempted to push aside the emotions he still feels for Mia. Doing so has created a whole new set of problems. Adam is becoming cut off from his fellow band members, and the resulting pressure is becoming more than he can take. His days are filled with annoying interviews, meetings, and rehearsals that he only manages to get through with the help of prescription drugs and cigarettes. His equally famous girlfriend constantly berates him about living with a ghost from his past.
In New York City for a brief interview before leaving for the tour, Adam has an angry outburst due to questions from a nosy interviewer. Knowing he won't be popular, he takes off, avoiding his flight and, hopefully, the anger of his manager. His thoughts are filled with Mia, and when he stumbles across her name on the marquee for a Youth Concert series, he asks if any tickets remain. Fate intervenes and he finds himself sitting in the concert hall watching her perform.
After the concert he plans to slink back to his hotel and attempt to make up for his earlier bad behavior by contacting his manager. But on his way out of the concert hall, Adam is approached by an usher, asking him to follow him to Mia's dressing room.
What follows is a twenty-four-hour period of emotional ups and downs as both Adam and Mia confront the demons surrounding their complicated relationship. Adam relives the terrible months of watching Mia struggle to recover from the accident that killed her parents and her little brother. He knows he is the reason why Mia left.Read more ›
“So, this is how it’s become? This is what I’ve become? A walking contradiction? I’m surrounded by people and feel alone. I claim to crave a bit a normalcy but now that I have some, it’s like I don’t know what to do with it, don’t know how to be a normal person anymore.”
Oh, Adam. :'(
From this experience with re-reading this sequel after watching the movie for the first book, I am lost without words. Gayle Forman has broken my heart, and for sure has shattered others’s as well. When a beautiful male fictional character is broken-hearted, readers tend to be too. And I just didn’t know what to do to calm myself and believe that everything will be okay.
This time around, I paid attention to the feelings. I never loved Adam that much as I do now, and when Jamie Blackley played him in the movie for the previous novel, he became my dream man. He acted perfectly like him, and after that bawling-experience, I just wanted to remember and go on with the characters’s lives and continue on with their story.
“I look at her there in the shadows of the shut-down city, her hair falling onto her face, and I can see her trying to figure out if I’ve lost it. And I have to fight the urge to take her by the shoulders and slam her against a shuttered building until we feel the vibrations ringing through both of us. Because I suddenly want to hear her bones rattle.”
As you may know, the movie/first book left us off at a horrifying cliffhanger. Many people complained that they didn’t know what happened next. I guess that’s the magic of novels, right?Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Not as good as the first. But it did wrap things up nicely.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoying the novel so far.. I find it more interesting then the first onePublished 13 months ago by Dolores McIntyre
I really enjoyed the book reading from Adam's POV. His character was strong, mature (probably because a couple of years have been passed). Read morePublished 21 months ago by Author Samreen Ahsan