Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Book Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Is it possible that I like Gayle Forman's Where She Went even more than If I Stay? I didn't know that this was possible. I am a little taken aback. But, from the very first chapter, I was captivated by this second book and could not put it down. Now, I did have a difficult time putting down If I Stay, but there was something so compelling about this book, even without the lure of tragedy and melodrama.

**Please don't read this post if you haven't read If I Stay and want to. I'm going to have to SPOIL it for you if you do! There's just no way to talk about Where She Went without revealing what happened in If I Stay.**

Okay. Phew. I don't want to spoil anything about this series for anyone!

This second book is narrated completely from Adam's point of view. I have to admit that I was intrigued by this from the very start. I loved Adam in book one, but I completely fell for him in book two. He just seemed even more real to me in this second installment. Even though he's now famous and touring the world, his feelings and character just ring true to me.

And Mia. Love Mia. In some ways, she's even more complex in this second book than in the first. She, too, has become an accomplished musician, but there's something about her struggle to both move past and remember that fateful night on which If I Stay is based that feels very real to me. If you've ever had any sort of trauma in your life, I think you'll understand what she's going through.

I love that Adam and Mia are not perfect. I love that they are not fixed and that, though they've experienced success, they don't always feel deserving or good about it. All of this rings very true to me. And, Foreman made some great choices with this book. I loved that she start most chapters with lyrics from Adam's hit record, which is actually written about Mia. I found most of the lyrics to be interesting and to add to the narrative. I want to hear his music!

I know that many of you are waiting for this book to come out and that you cannot wait to read it. In my opinion, this is a great second book to a story that could have ended with the first. But, after reading Where She Went, I am happy to know more about Adam and Mia and understand where they'll go from here. I loved it.

**Thanks to Around the World ARC Tours for this reading opportunity**

9 comments:

  1. I so cannot wait to read this book! Thanks for the great review. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  2. I'm so glad to hear you like this one better than the first. Sequels are often disappointing. I just won this one in a giveaway and I'm anxiously checking the mail everyday because I can't wait to read it!

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  3. Great review! I reviewed If I Stay this week as well!

    Quick ?: Did you mean to title this review as "If I Stay" rather than "Where She Went"

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  4. This book really was wonderful, wasn't it. Sigh. I love, love, loved it! I didn't think it was as powerful as If I Stay, and lacked some of the emotional impact of the first, but seriously... There really isn't a lot that could equal the emotion in the first book. But, I LOVED the sequel! So wonderful!!

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  5. I really need to read this series, as I have read so many wonderful reviews on it. It is also good to know that the sequel is as good as the first, but takes a new perspective. Great review.

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  6. OMG! How did I not know about this tour? *sobs buckets*

    I'm not surprised that Mia has developed a more complex side.

    Goodness, I really can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the review.

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  7. I really liked If I Stay, and have been waiting for this to come out. Glad to hear it didn't disappoint!

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  8. awesome review!! :) so glad you liked, I totally adored it too :)

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  9. I loved this one too. It's so rare for a sequel to surpass the original, but this one did for me.

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