Monday, 26 May 2014

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She WentIt's been three years since Adam's love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it . . . and 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.

Set three years after Mia wakes up from her coma, Mia and Adam have been long separated. Mia headed for New York whilst Adam's band became hugely successful. Adam has become reckless and wild, whilst the ghosts of Mia still haunt his past. One day in a spur of the moment situation, he decides to attend one of her cello concerts. By chance they later meet and that's where things kick off.

I really liked Where She Went, as it was interesting to continue the journey from a different perspective. Whilst Adam did feature a lot in Mia's flashbacks and a bit in the present whilst Mia was in the coma, he wasn't a prominent character in the present parts of If I Stay and so his emotions were a bit vague. But in Where She Went so much more was learned about this character, and honestly, I think seeing things from Adam's point of view made him more likeable.

He was certainly a unique character, because - and this isn't a spoiler... it's on the blurb - after it is revealed that Mia suddenly left Oregon without even breaking up with Adam, he became broken. The words of this book reflect the fact that in spite of being in a relationship with someone else, Adam feels he will never get over Mia, and as she tells him why she left him, this book grows more and more heartbreaking. 

The plot of this book was simply brilliant. Just like If I Stay, Where She Went is set over the course of a 24 hour period. The description whilst limited, is effective when necessary and the language went even deeper into the grieving process. Grief is the main theme of this book and even though Mia survived the car crash, Adam is grieving the Mia who left him three years before. 

All in all, this book was truly touching and an emotional completion to the duology. The only reason that this isn't a 5 star review is simply because I just preferred If I Stay and also, this could have been longer and not so rushed. 
Holly x

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