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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 444,708 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sammee, I Want To Read That VINE VOICE on 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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The plot of the novel essentially focuses on a couple of days in the life of Adam and Mia, although there are occasional flashbacks to events that happened before. (It seems that these events happened in the novel before this one, "If I Stay" which does at least highlight that it is not necessary to have read the first in order to enjoy this one - I certainly hadn't). It is a tricky thing to produce a novel that limits its storyline to the events of a few days, and especially if the novel is not an action-packed thriller or something along those lines, which "Where she went" definitely is not. No, this novel deals with emotions and as such, the limited time frame and the lack of action, could have made it drag; and yet it didn't. Emotions were beautifully depicted in this novel and I should imagine that anyone who has suffered a lost love, regret or the lack of joy in life that comes with depression, would relate to Adam, our protagonist. His emotions were vividly expressed to the reader and this is where the author's skill came to the fore. Not much happened in the novel in terms of events, but there was a rollercoaster of emotions, and if this is the sort of thing that draws you, then you may well like this.

The premise is simple: Adam is a successful rock-star who has never quite recovered from a breakup with his girlfriend, Mia, who was involved in a horrific accident, but who has now recovered to become a world-renowned cellist. Adam seems to have it all - celebrity, money, a meteoric rise to fame, a beautiful girlfriend, and yet he feels something is lacking and finds no joy in his life. He is detached from his friends and from the things that should bring him joy, and his lacklustre attitude is one of the best portrayals I have seen in a novel for a long time. When he meets up with Mia again, the effect on him is staggering, and that's where I shall leave it as I don't want to give any spoilers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Farhana Chowdhury on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 20 Feb. 2012
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Where She Went isn't the kind of book you can forget about easily. It's a book that can teach you about hard hitting situations, about fame, about relationships and, most importantly, about love. This book will break your heart, yet give you an ending that's so perfect, so right.

I've become attached to the main characters, Mia and Adam, they are amazing, and I admire the love they share. At the start of this book, I hated Mia. I hated her so much. I couldn't even bare to see her name. She broke Adam's heart, and as I was reading this book I could feel his pain. I could feel how confused and devasted he was. Imagine how that must feel for a boy? Not knowing why the girl you loved with all your heart dumped you? Three years. Waking up every single day, confused and lost.

Forman does a brilliant job telling the story from Adam's point of view without sounding like a tormented girl. I think Adam is one of a kind, you can't find many boys in the world like him. But after reading If I Stay and Where She Went, I realise you have to be patient, you don't have to look so hard, be yourself, like Mia was doing when Adam first saw her.

When Adam and Mia bumped into each other, I could feel how awkward it was. But when they started talking about their relationship, they let their feelings out. Three years worth of pain and loss. They replayed the accident that ruined everything, they talked and when they finished talking on that boat. There was no hope left in me. I was in tears. But then Mia came back, she explained everything to Adam. And that little ounce of hope for them getting back together got me through the book, without putting it down and getting a tissue.

I'm heart broken.
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