“I needed to hate someone and you’re the one I love the most, so it fell on you.”
Isn’t this the bitterest truth of every relationship? People we love the most are also the people we hurt the most. Three years ago, Mia and Adam’s relationship went kaput after she decided to go AWOL on him. It takes Adam, what seems like a lifetime to nurse his wounds but the pain just won’t go. The void created following Mia’s exit never seems to fill and Adam needs his closure to be at peace with life.
I could not fully relate to Adam and Mia’s love story in ‘If I Stay’ but this book captured my heart. Adam’s anguish following Mia’s betrayal was heart-breaking. Also, Where She Went’s book cover is the most beautiful I have ever seen. I would keep gazing at the two faces on the cover and try to guess what the two people are feeling at that moment. The girl looks slightly surprised while the guy has a weak but hopeful smile on his face. I would imagine Adam and Mia in that picture and try to place the scene in the story. I found it difficult to stay away from this book and here are my reasons why I liked it so much.
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
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.
(Description as on Goodreads.com)
I LIKE Where She Went Because,
…Adam’s pain was palpable. Mia leaves Adam without giving him any reason and his life goes into a downward spiral. He does manage to pick himself up and make something out of his life but the wound that Mia caused continues to gnaw at him. He tries to move on but fails terribly. Adam feels lonely and lost despite being surrounded by people who will do anything to be next to him. You don’t have to experience a real heartbreak to understand what Adam is going through. Forman explains Adam’s feelings and experiences in vivid prose which will make you want to reach out the vulnerable lover boy.
…even with the predictable ending, I was captivated by Adam and Mia’s love story. I may not have been their fan in book one but in this book, I was totally rooting for them especially after Mia’s entry in the story.
…Forman’s writing is tremendously good in this one. Especially the lyrics that Adam writes for his songs directly relate to his own feelings. Adam’s songs are a testimony to his longing for love or Mia. I liked Forman’s writing in the previous book too but in Where She Went, I felt the characters were well-rounded. I could relate so much to Adam in this book than I did in the previous book. The first book was narrated from Mia’s POV but I never could connect with Mia. Also, the last book was filled with gloomy details so I kind of kept myself from getting too involved with the characters. But that wasn’t the case with this book. This time I was totally immersed in the story and felt every emotion Adam went through in the book.
I Do NOT Like Where She Went Because,
…naaaaah, I liked it a lot. It was much better than If I Stay.
Favourite Quotes in Where She Went
“You were so busy trying to be my savior that you left me all alone.”
“I get it now.
I have to make good on my promise. To let her go. To really let her go.
To let us both go.”
“You?’ is all I can manage to choke out.
‘Always me,’ she replies softly, bashfully. ‘Who else?”
“Letting go. Everyone talks about it like it’s the easiest thing. Unfurl your fingers one by one until your hand is open. But my hand has been clenched into a fist for three years now; it’s frozen shut.”
Final View: Even if you haven’t liked ‘If I Stay’, I urge you to give this one a chance as Where She Went is the perfect conclusion to Adam and Mia’s imperfect love story.