Where She Went Review
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I stay #2
Publisher: Penguin Group
Year: April 5, 2011
Genre: Young Adult
Awards: Goodreads Choice Awards best young adult fiction
Sequel to 'If I stay' that was released in 2009 follows Adam's life three years after Mia's accident and she walked out of his life. "Adam is now a rising rock star and Mia is a successful cellist re-unite in New York after Mia's terrifying accident."
Reaction after finishing
Happy dancing, I want another one, I want to re-read If I stay
Thought process when I realized there was a sequel
- It [If I stay] cannot just end like this, I need closure
- Oh god there's a sequel, I'm not at all emotionally ready for another one
- It's a novella, which i'm not always a fan of. I prefer novels more
The thing with this book was, this was the ending to the books, the ending to Mia and Adam, one of my favorite character pairings in a long time. I know that Gayle Forman tends to tear into the hearts of her readers with her writing, which is what happened with me when I read this book in record time.
I still don't know whether or not I like the ending. At first, I absolutely hated it. It didn't make sense to me, the whole last chapter, especially the last page, was a huge WTF moment for me. You can't just go through two books of angst and end it like that.
But after a bit to think about it, I didn't hate it as much. They got their happy ending, even if it wasn't the one that I overly expected. They end up back together, and the whole novella takes place over the span of three days, except the last chapter which follows them in a brief summary of two weeks and their plans for the rest of the year.
Since i'm neutral on the ending now, when people who I've recommended the duo to say "that's not the ending I wanted" I can only tell them "At least she didn't end it with them breaking up and walking away from each other"
I'm more..into the ending now. I don't think I would have wanted another book of them getting back together...I'm on the fence about wanting another book of them trying to manage both of their careers and still being together, I want more on Adam's new solo career...How Mia influences his music. As he no longer works with the band or writes music with them. And he only writes songs about people who make him sad, which is how he wrote most of the music for the band's major debut album that helped them skyrocket into fame. It's been a few months since I've read the book and I have the urge to read more about them. But I can handle Lulu and Willem for now.