Book Review – Where She Went – Gayle Forman

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 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, lyrical 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.

So a few weeks ago I wrote about If I Stay I was swept away with the novel, I absolutely LOVED it, so you can imagine how happy I was when I found out that there was a sequel to it, I just had to read it, so I went on to the Kindle Store, bought it and started straight away.

I was a little bit skeptical about it as it could have been one of those sequels that make you regret reading it in the first place, unfortunately, this was exactly what happened.

It was from Adam’s point of view, which to start with was confusing. I know that it says it on the blurb but it was still difficult getting into the character when you found out so little about him (really) in the first book. I can’t say I was too impressed either, I get that Adam is upset because Mia had apparently ‘abandoned’ him soon after she woke up, but he came across as arrogant and pig headed.

The book starts off too far in the future with no real explanation of how or why we ended up where we were. The last thing we knew was Mia waking up in hospital after Adam spills his heart out to her unconscious body…

Have you ever read a book and had such a crush on a character? Then you get to know them and think ‘jeez I wasted my time’ – these are my feelings on Adam. In the first book he seemed so dazzling and his and Mia’s relationship was intense, it was such a lovely thing to see develop in front of your eyes, but that gets ripped away in the sequel with Adam’s resentment towards her being such a huge portion of the novel.

I nearly gave up on this book because it seemed like Forman grasping at straws with how she went about to get this story. Upon finishing the book and seeing what other people thought about it I’m not surprised that I disliked it so much.

Now I am a sucker for a happy ending, but even in this novel (SPOILER- Adam and Mia get back together) I was disappointed that Mia had set herself free from all the pain and exhaustion Adam bestowed on her just to go back several chapters later.

Perhaps I had too high hopes for this novel to be as amazing as the last one – and no I don’t regret reading it because it’s good to read naff books every so often to keep your wits about you, but I can’t say I will be reading it again. I shall forever keep what happened to Mia after her accident at the back of my memory and carry on loving the heart-achingly marvellous If I Stay at the forefront of my mind.

I would encourage you to go and read the book for yourselves, but make sure you don’t have too high expectations.

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Lucy.

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