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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: 21.3 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,874 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 20110311)

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 20110303)

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 20110910)

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

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where She Went 2 July 2011
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice ending 31 July 2011
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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.

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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3.0 out of 5 stars where she went 15 Jun 2011
By Ali
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I have a love/hate relationship with sequels. Most of the time they are unnecessary and poorly executed when compared to the first book but occasionally they are far better than the book they follow. This is why I will keep on reading sequels even when I groan at the thought of a follow up to a favourite book because sometimes, just sometimes, they are something special.

Sadly, Where She Went falls into the first category. If I Stay was one of my favourite reads of 2010 so I was rather apprehensive when I heard that it was going to have a follow up. If I Stay ended nicely if not with a happily ever after, then at least it was somewhat positive and the reader's imagination could fill in the blanks. But by writing a sequel, that optimistic ending was going to have to be ruined in order for a story to exist. That's what happened. We meet Adam again as he is in a self-destructive place, popping pills like sweeties and not enjoying the rock star lifestyle with the rest of the band. Mia walked out on him several years before and he doesn't know why. This, obviously, leads to rather a lot of angst in the book. Whereas the emotional rollercoaster of If I Stay felt natural because of the subject matter, here it felt a bit forced and generally got on my nerves. I wanted to tell him to buck up and get on with it, which are not good thoughts to be having towards the main character and narrator.

I also did not like Mia as a character in this. I found it hard to comprehend why she would just walk away from Adam without even an explanation as it's such a horrible thing to do to someone. And she never really explained to Adam even after they meet and tour NYC. She just didn't come across as a fleshed out character at all.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Read
This novel is a sequel to 'If I Stay. I haven't had the pleasure of reading the first installment, but this did not in any way detract from the story at hand. Read more
Published 3 months ago by H. Pierce
4.0 out of 5 stars where she went
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2.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't ready to let go...
Although the book was cheesy in parts, I thought it was a good way to carry on with a story and set of characters that I wasn't ready to let go of. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Booky Popps
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very interesting
I was really not looking forward to reading this book. I did not like the first one for the same reasons that I did not end up liking this second one and I'm quite sad about that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss A. J. Murfitt
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A satisfying read, nicely finishes the story off which began with If I Stay. Not essential to have read the first one as this book is written well enough to let you know what has... Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. Lucas
2.0 out of 5 stars This series didn't work for me
After the massive disappointment that If I Stay ended up being for me, I was promised, PROMISED I would like Where She Went better. Well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Debby (Snuggly Oranges)
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the First Book more....
I loved the first book..I enjoyed this one, but didn't Love it as much as the first. (The first one blew me away) I wasn't gripped and emotionally involved with Adam for the first... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Helen Williams (All Booked Out)
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE
I have never heard of the author before, but the book sounded really good- and it did not disappoint! Loved it all
Published 7 months ago by Leanne C
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
great follow up from the first book. absolutely loved it, if you loved the first book you won't be disappointed
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
Amazing story and sequel to the first book. So worth it and came down within 2 days, quicker than expected and in perfect condition for a used book! Very happy :)
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