Where She Went by Gayle Forman
April 5th 2011 by Dutton Juvenile
Hardcover, 264 Pages
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.
Its been three years since Mia opened her eyes and things have changed.
Change is good but for Adam the change was unexpected. Fame, money and girls galore have encapsulated his life along with anxiety and depression. His days bounce from sadness to exhaustion to the overwhelming anger he feels due to Mia leaving him without a word. The music that brought him so much joy now seems like a crutch tying him down to a band he no longer gets along with and in a relationship with a girl he doesn’t love. After a night of camera smashing anger Adam needs a break and takes off to the city to clear his head before his huge worldwide tour kicks off. I guess the stars aligned for Adam on this night as he finds Mia in the city as well performing. The two are brought together and given the opportunity to talk, hang out and unavoidably revisit the past and the old ghosts that haunt them both.
As Adam and Mia share the evening together, readers get a glance back into the past as Adam shares a few stories that we never knew, Mia also reveals things about her recovery which we hear all in Adams pov, one night for these two is like a year as they get past the awkwardness, the timidness and the anger to try and discover what they once had.
I think I have to say I loved everything about this book...except for the cover....I wish a male would have been featured, but oh well. Just like in If I Stay, the lyrical prose was gorgeous and the story was defiantly one that needed to be told, I’ve heard from authors that sometimes a character needs to tell their story and Adams voice was so strong, tormented and emotional that it made me fall in love with both of the characters all over again. Im glad Forman gave us Adam's story and gave readers closure to If I Stay, which in itself had a beautiful haunting end that could have easily stood alone, but hearing the other side brought a new face to Mia's story and a new perspective to look through. I think I could go on reading about Mia and Adam forever........don't miss this, go right now get your wallet and pour some love out for Ms. Forman, you wont regret meeting Adam.
Where She Went is recommended to mature teens and adult readers. While this story is awesome I wouldn't recommend it to tweens or younger teen readers as the characters in this novel are 20 something adults making life long decisions. Content includes: Drinking, smoking, prescription drug use, language, sexuality, life on road, depression, fame and romance.
Thanks to Publisher for Review Copy