WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman

Posted 25 July, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 6 Comments

YA Contemporary Romance
264 pages
Available now (released April 2011)
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
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.

Not having read IF I STAY, I have to admit I was at a bit of a disadvantage compared to those who did read it because they were familiar with what happened to Mia, her accident, and her romance with Adam. However, I did have the advantage of seeing the entire relationship and fallout from Adam’s perspective only and being completely submerged in his dark and tormented mind.

After Mia’s terrible accident and her subsequent walk-out on their relationship, Adam sank into a deep funk, moving back home with his parents and pretty much ditching his bandmates. But his depression eventually turns to anger, and he finally returns to his music, pouring all his anger into harshly beautiful songs that, once recorded, propel him and his band into the stratosphere. Unfortunately, as he wallowed in his depression, his bandmates believe he abandoned them and they aren’t so quick to forgive his return, even if he does come bearing fantastic music. This rift widens as people focus on him as the band’s lead, treating the rest of the band as back-up to Adam’s awesomeness. 
Three years later, we find Adam with fame, fortune, and a gorgeous movie star for a girlfriend. But he’s cut himself off from his bandmates and former friends, doesn’t enjoy or even feel the music anymore, and has retreated back into his shell, numbing his pain with prescription pills and drink. Then he sees an advertisement for Mia’s recital and decides to go, just so he can see her one more time.

Gayle Forman is a master at getting inside her character’s head and exposing his pain for all the world to see. WHERE SHE WENT is a  beautifully-crafted, dark journey from the depths of despair back into the light of love.

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6 Responses to “WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman”

  1. Ooo, interesting that you read it without If I Stay! That must have been an interesting experience. Did you feel confused at any point? Did you wish you HAD read If I Stay, and do you plan to go back and read it? (It’s a great book, for whatever that’s worth.)

  2. I enjoyed If I Stay but I didn’t necessarily love it. But I am very excited to read this one! It just looks really good. Great review!

  3. Thats so cool that you saw everything from Adam’s POV the first time around, and that it worked.

    And I’m so glad you liked it *hugs* I loved this one, I think I loved WSW even more than If I Stay, actually.

    Lovely review

  4. I haven’t read If I Stay or this one, but I’ve heard nothing but great things! Are you going to go back and read If I Stay now? I need to make time to read these two!

  5. Hi all! Yeah, I am going to go back and read If I Stay, even though I know how it all turns out between Adam and Mia. And it actually wasn’t confusing (I was kind of surprised since, when I picked it up, I knew it was a sequel). Such a beautifully written story!