12/05/2013

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 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.

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Unlike the first book, this is told from Adam's perspective and it was great to be able to finally see his side of things and experience the world (and Mia) through his eyes

I found myself getting lost in  the magic of his narrative, surprised by how refreshingly real is voice was. Forman balanced his vulnerability and aggression perfectly, exploring how and why he had changed. It was heart-wrenching to see how life had spiraled and especially rewarding when he finally said everything he'd been waiting three years to say.

 Mia was the secondary character and I really feel Forman hit the jackpot there, because Adam's emotional turmoil was a nice change from what Mia had experienced. Mia is very guarded at first, but thanks to the first book, we know why. I love how complex and emotional her relationship with Adam is, surpassing just romantic love, but also exploring the deep trust and friendship that connected them.

I wasn't that big a fan of the first book, but here Forman dove deeper into the characters we only briefly encountered in If I Stay and they were so fantastically crafted that I can honestly say this book surpasses the original. 

 We not only got to know Adam better, but Mia too. And we also got to see her family alive and well (pre-accident). These flashbacks really helped to flesh out the story and just tugged at my heart-strings. It was especially great how Adam's relationship with Mia's family was shown and Forman was able to portray Adam's own grief and loss over what happened. It was lovely to see how Mia wasn't the only one affected.


   
Adam's narrative was witty and heartbreaking. I much preferred the mature and authentic tone to this book than the previous one and feel like the characters were developed much more deeply. I would suggest reading the first book, so you can really experience Adam and Mia's background, but it is by no means necessary.

"You were so busy trying to be my saviour that you left me all alone." 



 

Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.
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