Thursday, March 31, 2011

Book Love - Where She Went

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.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined 
If I StayWhere She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

I absolutely adored If I Stay, and as soon as I heard there was going to be a sequel, I knew I had to read it as soon as I could get my grubby little hands on it. 

I have to say that I adored Where She Went just as much as If I Stay...and maybe even more. I'm not sure. I'm still processing it. This  second book is from Adam's POV as opposed to Mia's, and it takes place three years after the original story. I really liked these changes. I loved being inside of Adam's head. I loved him so much in the first book, and it was a real treat to be in his head for this one, even though he was in a dark place. 

I fell in love with both Adam and Mia in the first book. So often we think about our favorite characters in books and wonder what happened to them after the book left off. This book actually shows us, which was such a cool experience. We get a window into their lives that we never really get with book characters. Even with series books, the second book generally picks up right when the previous book left off, not years later, with the characters changing and growing in the meantime. Adam and Mia have both changed significantly...their changes are heartbreaking and realistic and totally understandable. 

These pages are so full of emotion. This is a great book to read if you want to FEEL. You feel for Adam, you feel for Mia, you even feel for Adam's bandmates, Mia's best friend, Adam's girlfriend. I felt so much while reading this book...that's sort of why I am still processing it. It takes place over one intense day (August 13th, my anniversary, and Bella and Edward's anniversary), and all the feelings just happen and happen and happen and Adam and Mia are all over the place and you are all over the place and you laugh and cry for them and it's all just so much. 

This is one of those recaps that is hard to write because I loved the book so much. I wanted to read it again the second I finished it. It made me feel like I was walking along with these characters, and while I was so happy to be able to visit them again, I am now missing them even more than I was before. 



    Sorry. Had to. I am DYING for this one. Cannot wait!

    Plan on getting the audiobook, though, Gayle Foreman says it's great.

  2. I've got If I Stay on my Kindle and haven't had time to read it yet, but I'm really looking forward to it because I've heard so many good things about these books!

  3. I feel the same way about WHERE SHE WENT... I think I adored it even more than IF I STAY. I love books that hit me emotionally, and both of these totally did. I thought Adam's POV was excellent, and the ending... well, it was definitely satisfying. Still, I want a third installment!

  4. Both of these are on my to-read list on Goodreads. Now I am more anxious to read them than ever!