Where She Went by Gayle Forman

May 17, 2012 Books 8


Where She Went
Gayle Forman

Published by: Penguin Group
Published: 4/17/2012
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780525422945
Source: The Publisher

So, if you can remember a couple of days ago, I read, and looooved If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I read it so I could read Where She Went, the sequel. I wasn’t sure what to expect of Where She Went, except awesomeness, and probably a few tears.

There was awesomeness. And there were tears.

Where She Went picks up 3 years after the events of If I Stay. SPOILER ALERT!!!

*whispers* Mia lived.

SPOILER OVER!!!

If I Stay was told completely from Mia’s point of view. Where She Went is told from Adam’s. I thought this was a great way to change it up, which I will discuss in a little bit. As I said, it’s 3 years later and Adam is mega-super-star famous. He and his band have hit the BIG TIME thanks to the major angsty record the band put out after Mia’s accident and the repercussions of that. Now that Adam is Mr. Big Time with his Big Time Actress girlfriend, interviews, magazine covers, the pills, the booze, and a huge tour about to get underway in London. So you’d think he’d be on top of the world, happiest guy ever.

You would be wrong. Adam is miserable. Totally and completely miserable. He takes pills to help with the panic attacks. He can’t find the love of music that so consumed him any more. He doesn’t love his overbearing girlfriend, he doesn’t even want to spend time with her. His band, his best-friends who once had his back, want nothing to do with him. His life has been made wretched, by the fact that Mia went away and never came back. He reminds me of a caged cat, in the first few pages of a book. A pacing, raging tiger, looking for a way to break out of his cage and despairing that he will find it. Then, as he walks the streets of NYC, searching for that escape, he happens upon a concert. Being given by a young cello player. By the name of Mia Hall.

He decides to go in.

What happens next? I’m not going to tell you silly! You have to read the (both) book(s)! All I will say is that Forman again amazed me with her grasp of her characters, of their emotions, of how the things they go through feel so TRUE. And her writing is just as gorgeous as ever. How she can take all the passion, confusion, pain, and life from her characters and transfer it to the page. And Adam embodies it ALL. Witness:

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. I want to feel the softness of her flesh give, to hear her gasp as my hip bone jams into her. I want to yank her head back until her neck is exposed. I want to rip my hands through her hair until her breath is labored. I want to make her cry and then lick up the tears. And then I want to take my mouth to hers, to devour her alive, to transmit all the things she can’t understand.

And she can still wipe me out with the most simplest of sentences. This one will only make sense if you’ve read the first book:

And then Adam Wilde shows up at Carnegie Hall on the biggest night of my career, and it felt like more than a coincidence. It felt like a gift. From them. For my first recital ever, they gave me a cello. And for this one, they gave me you.

I wait with baited breathe for Gayle Forman’s next work.

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own. Join us in discussing this fantastic book at our BlogHer Book Club.

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8 Responses to “Where She Went by Gayle Forman”

  1. Marg

    I can't wait to read what Forman comes out with next, although I am not sure I am going to be able to cope with a year wait between the two books if these two are anything to go by.

    Loved this book. Adam was so shattered, so real. It broke my heart to see him this way but I really think reading this book completes the story so well.

    • Heather

      Adam WAS so shattered, and Forman wrote it in such a realistic way. I could completely believe that was the way he would feel, after being treated so by Mia. And yes, it does complete the story perfectly. It will be hard to wait for her next book! <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV dir=ltr> <DIV style=”BORDER-BOTTOM: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 0; MARGIN: 5px 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 0px; BORDER-TOP: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-TOP: 0px”></DIV>

  2. bermudaonion

    It sounds like I need to get hold of If I Stay so I can read this book!

    • Heather

      YES YOU DO!!! <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV dir=ltr> <DIV style=”BORDER-BOTTOM: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 0; MARGIN: 5px 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 0px; BORDER-TOP: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-TOP: 0px”></DIV>

    • Heather

      If you do, I hope you'll let me know what you think! I would love to have someone to discuss these with! <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV dir=ltr> <DIV style=”BORDER-BOTTOM: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 0; MARGIN: 5px 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 0px; BORDER-TOP: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-TOP: 0px”></DIV>

  3. Debi

    Oh sure, it wasn't enough that you made me want the first book this week. Now you had to go and make me want the second one, too, huh? You evil little enabler, you.

    • Heather

      *evil grin* <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV dir=ltr> <DIV style=”BORDER-BOTTOM: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 0; MARGIN: 5px 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 0px; BORDER-TOP: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-TOP: 0px”></DIV>

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