Sunday, January 29, 2012

Where She Went

by Gayle Forman, 264 pages

The sequel to the heartwrenching novel If I Stay. Three years ago, Mia survived a horrific accident that killed her family, and after her recovery, left her boyfriend Adam alone, confused, and heartbroken. Now, Adam is a successful rock star and spiraling out of control, never having come to terms with the death of Mia's family and their eventual breakup. When Adam and Mia connect unexpectedly in New York, Adam must face his heartbreak and do his best to understand this new Mia and relate her to his memories.

While this was riveting and emotional, it was on a different level from the anguish of If I Stay. Between the two books, Forman has managed to portray two types of grief: the sudden, horrifying pain of lives taken too soon, and the long, devastating pain of unexplained heartbreak.


  1. When I heard that "If I Stay" was going to have a sequel, I wondered why. I thought it ended the way it was supposed to. I totally loved it, though. You said it well: it's evokes the same feelings, but on a different level. It was the sequel I didn't know I needed.

  2. I LOVED this book! And like Heather said, it was the sequel I didn't know I needed. I thought the first book ended well, but I was so glad to go back and visit Adam and Mia again.