9 Aug 2013

REVIEW: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Title: Where She Went (If I Stay #2)
Author: Gayle Forman
Publication Date: April 28th 2011
Publisher: Doubleday Childrens
Format: Paperback
Pages: 264
Rating: 5/5
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.
Review: Earlier this week, I read ‘If I Stay’ which almost instantly became one of my new favourite YA contemporaries (admittedly, it’s not my usual genre) so Where She Went seemed like a sure-fire hit for me, and it was.

I don’t know what I was really expecting from the sequel. I knew it was probably going to cause me pain, because well...the first one managed to do that rather well. I knew that it was from Adam’s point of view, which isn’t usually a thing I like (both the change of perspective of the entire book and the fact that I would be reading from a male’s point of view) but I found in this book that it written so beautifully that I actually really enjoyed it. It felt like Adam was a friend who I was watching go through a pretty difficult time in his life rather than reading the troubles of a fictional male character. I loved Adam in the first book so my love for him just grew in this one and I especially enjoyed reading his thoughts of the accident in the first book and also learning more about the time before the accident and the things he remembered and focused on in comparison to what Mia remembered.

I loved how the book was set over such a short period of time- the actual action of the book takes place in roughly a day with parts of the parts added in throughout. One of my very favourite parts is how Adam’s understanding of the situation with Mia develops as the book moves on and how that makes him feel despite the three years that passed in between. Another thing I really liked, which doesn’t really have much to do with anything else I’ve talked about, was the lyrics at the beginning of each chapter. I liked how the songs (written by Adam) were references within the book but were also part of the chapters, which meant it was easier to see the connections between the lyrics and the story.

All in all, there is absolutely no doubt that I seriously loved this book and that it become another of my favourites, as well as Gayle Forman as an author. I hope to be able to read some more of stuff really soon.