Title: Where She Went (If I Stay #2)
Author: Gayle Forman
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult
Publisher: Dutton (Penguin)
Pub. Date: April 5, 2011
This review is meant to be as non-spoilery as possible for both this book and the first in the series, but in order to discuss anything about this one, I have to assume you have an idea about or don't care about knowing the likely ending to the first book.
As I mentioned yesterday, I found the first book in this series, If I Stay, to be good but, for me, not living up to the hype that I expected. As opposed to my expectations for that first book, I didn't have too much going into this one since I've only seen a spattering of reviews. So, I'm happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I felt more connected to Where She Went and felt it was a little more grown up and maybe more authentic than If I Stay.
Where She Went is told from the point of view of Adam, Mia's boyfriend. The story picks up three years later when Adam is 21-years-old, a rock star, and dating a famous actress. He's living the quintessential celebrity lifestyle but isn't happy. He misses Mia and still doesn't really understand why they're not together. Mia, meanwhile, is living on the opposite coast in New York City and is successfully touring as a cellist. She and Adam run in to each other and finally have the opportunity to hash out the issues between them.
I loved this one! Despite If I Stay clearly having its own specific plot, for me it sort of felt like the set up for this book. Sure, there was some teen angst, but isn't that what young adult books are almost all about? And this one felt easy for me to relate to because I too wanted to know, why aren't they still together??? I felt that the aforementioned hashing was very genuine, as were the emotions. And as I also mentioned, this one felt much more grown up to me.
Definitely a great sequel that really wraps up the whole Adam Mia thing that readers of If I Stay were left to only wonder about!