Review: Where She Went by Gayle Foreman

Reviewer: Taylor
Title: Where She Went
Author: Gayle Forman
Published: April 5 2011
Source: Bought
Series: Yes-second in a duology
Pages: 260
Rating: 2.5-3/5
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. 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, lyrical 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.

  Summary taken from Goodreads

I was so excited to get into this book. After leaving Mia and Adam in the first book with practically no answers, I couldn’t wait to get into the next chapter of their lives. I was happily surprised to find that Adam is the narrator in this book rather than Mia. I would say it was refreshing to see a different point of view, but Adam is kind of messed up in this book. He has rocketed into “pop-stardom,” yet wants nothing to do with the public eye, his band, or even his girlfriend. I understand the brokenness he was continuing to go through, however, his bad attitude started to get to me after a while.

I don’t really know what else to say about this book for fear that I will give something away. I was a little disappointed, though, unfortunately. Especially at first. I looked up at the page numbers once while I was reading, to realize I was over 100 pages in and I felt like NOTHING had happened. I was like.. seriously?! But, I also realized that the majority of this book is not dialogue, and it’s not even action. The majority of this book is exploring Adam’s thoughts, feelings, and insecurities. While I know this may be many people’s cup of tea- it was not for me. I like action and dialogue. However, towards the end of the book, more dialogue was occurring and the plot finally was unfolding. 

While I definitely didn’t enjoy this book as much as it’s precursor, it was still a thought provoking read. If you have read If I Stay (which you totally should) I would still pick this one up! It is a quick read, and brings closure to Adam and Mia’s story.

1 comment
  1. In terms of dialogue and what actually happens in the book you could say the same about If I Stay, but i guess the big difference is the emotional turmoil we were put in for If I Stay, I mean we were all pretty invested emotionally and heartbroken over what happened. Where She Went seems insignificant in comparison because I don't think any problem with them can live up to how their world changed after the accident. Great review, I was disappointed, but i still loved it, especially that i got to see Adam's side of the story =)thanks Taylor! :D- juhina

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