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Where She Went [Paperback]

Gayle Forman
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Book Description

28 April 2011

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.


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857530283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857530288
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 13 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How do you put into words the effect a book like Where She Went had on you? It's like trying to describe first love or that first mouthful of ice cold water after a run on a hot summer's day. Words are not enough to describe those feelings, the only way people know such a true moment is when they go through it themselves and that's what Where She Went was for me, an indescribable experience. No amount of praise will do it true justice so please bear with me whilst I try and compose my thoughts, I'm still in awe, blinded by this books light. Where She Went has a much more mature feel to it than If I Stay, it's regretful, painful and honest.The book is turbulent and raw but, like shattered glass, Gayle Forman handles the matter gently and delicately; holding up the broken fragments into the light for us to inspect and showing us the quiet, fragile beauty to it. Gayle Forman is a poet. (Jess Hearts Books 2011-03-11)

How can someone make heartache, anguish and gut wrenching devastation so beautiful? I still don't know the answer to this question, I just know that it's a skill Forman has mastered and wow does she weild this weapon well.

I can't describe to you how I feel right now. It's like smiling through tears, speaking when you have nothing to say, dreaming in daylight. Where She Went is utterly breathtaking. It's realising that grief has to power to bring you to your knees, but that love can be the hand that holds you steady whilst you get your balance. A book about love and second chances and living, truly living. I don't think there is enough space or time or words for me to express how much I hope you read this book.

(The Crooked Shelf 2011-03-03)

An interesting study of relationships where celebrity careers and romance can be a troublesome mix, and, in this case, exacerbated by an overdose of pity. (Irish Examiner 2011-09-10)

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The eagerly-awaited sequel to Gayle Forman's international best seller, If I Stay


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where She Went 2 July 2011
Format:Paperback
If I Stay was one of my favourite reads of 2009 - it was one of those books that became so much more than just the sum of it parts. It completely blew me away. When I heard there was going to be a sequel I have to admit I was excited but also worried - I just couldn't see how it could possibly compare. But how wrong was I to be even slightly concerned? I loved this one as much as If I Stay, maybe even more!

It's been 3 years since the events of If I Stay and Adam is now at the 'height' of his musical career. Famous, easily recognised he finds his success not what he thought it would be. And despite it being years since she left, Adam hasn't stopped loving Mia. When he finds himself stuck in New York for the night it leads to a meeting with Mia ...

I really like Adam in If I Stay but I absolutely adored him in this. There is just something so raw and brutally honest about his narration. He obviously misses Mia but it's more than that - he's still grieving for her family. I also found it interesting that he didn't like the fame that came with his success as a musician - that he no longer enjoyed what it was he loved about playing in the first place.

Mia was just as I remembered her and I enjoyed seeing her through Adam's eyes. Losing your whole family is impossible to conceive - and how you would continue your life after is equally unfathomable. I would imagine you would either embrace whoever is left in your life or lash out at them. I'm guessing cutting Adam out of her life must have been her way of lashing out. But everything she says - has done - makes complete sense.

The interaction between the two felt as if they were just picking up where they left off - and that fate brought them back together at just the right time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Difficult Slog 30 April 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Where She Went is the sequel to If I Stay which if you haven't read, it's amazing, you should. If you're planning to read If I Stay, stay clear of this review because it will contain spoilers.

A Spoiler Free Bit About The Book

Three years after Mia's accident Adam is the lead in the hit sensation, Shooting Stars. His band is at the top like he always wanted but fame and fortune isn't all it's cracked up to be. Nothing will ever be the same after his split with Mia.

But one night in New York they find one another again. If you had a second chance at first love, would you take it?

My Review

I found it very hard to sum the book up above. I don't want to keep copying the blurbs, I want to put my own spin on them but I couldn't make this book sound interesting. The real blurb is great in comparison but I'm giving a more honest insight I think.

First of all, I didn't want to pick this book up. That may be one of the causes as to why I didn't like it. I loved If I Stay so much I knew this wouldn't compare and I was right. Mia's accident and her decision whether or not to stay was a beautiful insight into life and this was - weirdly - far more depressing.

The first chapter throws you into Adam's point of view which confused me at first because I assumed we'd be with Mia as we were for If I Stay. I was dissapointed with Adam who struck me as ungrateful. Yes, stardom isn't what you wanted after all, but you don't need to whine about how your life couldn't be any worse. He needed to man up, not that his issues weren't justifyed, just that he didn't attempt to do anything about his situation until near the end and that irritated me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice ending 31 July 2011
Format:Paperback
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I liked Where She Went a lot more than If I Stay. Adam's point of view was refreshing, especially as I liked him more than Mia's character in If I Stay. Interestingly enough, from his perspective, I learned to like Mia more as well.

I also preferred the writing in this book and Gayle Forman does a fantastic job at conveying Adam's grief. I felt so sorry for him in certain parts of the book and could imagine how awful it would be to have his life. There were a few clichés in this book, for example the fed-up rock star who hates crowded places, but they didn't feel quite as tired as those in If I Stay. I could really empathise with Adam, you could see how lonely he was, without Mia.

I also really loved the flashbacks in this book. They added a lot to the storyline, considering how much time had passed since the accident. It was interesting to learn how drastically Adam's life had changed, especially with the band.

The end of the book kept me on my toes and I was so happy with the outcome. I was really unsure what would happen in the last few chapters, Gayle Forman certainly kept me guessing.

THE VERDICT
4 stars - This was a good ending to the If I Stay series and you are left with a feeling of satisfaction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab 15 Jun 2013
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Absolutely brilliant. Read the first one, so was very much looking forward to this - completely lived up to expectations. Having locked myself away for a weekend reading it, only disappointment was that it was over too soon...
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Great book, really enjoyed it.
Published 1 day ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel
An excellent sequel to "If I Stay" and shows the struggles that the separate individuals face after Mia's accident. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Becca Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Spoiler free
THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!
Really i just want to read it again and again!!
It is really good also complementing the first book i cant wait to buy the movie... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Bonkersgurl
5.0 out of 5 stars Knowing there was a sequel before finishing the other book....
Kind of gave the ending to the first book away. It is nice to hear it from the opposite side though....
Published 4 days ago by karen t
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book with a solid premise
A good book with a solid premise, structure and a believable, realistic aftermath to If I Stay, however it sometimes lacks direction and believability in the characters.
Published 5 days ago by Gerard Hennessy
5.0 out of 5 stars So happy for Adam & Mia
I didn't think Foreman could beat If I Stay but she really has with this follow up which really lets us in to Adam's head. Read more
Published 6 days ago by MCRLUCY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you liked the 1st book this is a must read. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommend it.
Published 14 days ago by mrs e d myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! The closure I needed!
I loved "If I stay" and was worried Adam's take on the aftermath wouldn't be as good and would spoil the memory of If I stay but it finished it off beautifully. I loved both books!
Published 14 days ago by SusannePotts
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it more than the First book
After recently reading If I Stay, I discovered the sequel and had to instantly start reading. I love it more than the First book, I found this book a lot more emotional than the... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Abigail
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying sequel
I found this book hard to read from Adams point of view at first but my by the end i couldn't put it down and was smiling from ear to ear. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Beth smith
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