Tatiana s review said what I ve been thinking most of allI mean, If I Stay was all about people dying and lying in coma and there were hardly any tears in my eyes and here I spent hours sobbing over a guy s broken heart That about sums up the reaction I had If someone asked you which would upset you , you d think the answer was obvious A young girl losing her entire family in a car crash versus the angst of a lovesick rockstar there should be no contest right But Forman conveys love and loss with such raw emotion If I Stay was subtle, told through mostly happy memories of the life Mia had shared with her family It was moving Where She Went wasn t moving, it was gut wrenchingly sad I mean I ve ran out of tissues sad.
I honestly felt every bit of sadness, despair and anger with Adam I don t recall ever being so in tune with a male protagonist s emotions In fact it s been an awful long time since I ve cared so much about the outcome of any character In most situations, characters like Adam would be made to seem selfish for thinking of themselves when Mia had lost pretty much everything in that car crash Not here Or at least, not in my opinion Forman obviously has a real knack for getting inside a person s head and making the reader understand feelings that may otherwise be questionable.
I definitely want to read from Gayle Forman in the future That the first two novels I ve read by her would affect me so much just makes me wonder what else she has up her sleeves I can t wait to find out Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Right, so I never rate a book unless I at least like it, and I almost never leave text reviews.
but Where She Went is impossibly good If I Stay was good, of course, but Where She Went Good God I can t remember the last time I fell so hard for a couple My heart physically HURT throughout this book Adam, oh Adam How you and Mia make me cry
I understand why so many people like this book, but it just wasn t for me I will say that Gayle Forman is a fantastic writer and I will continue to pick up books by her.
Undeniably 5 Shooting Stars Adam s Promise If you stay, I ll do whatever you want I ll quit the band go with you to New York But if you need me to go away, I ll do that too And that would suck, but I ll do it I can lose you like that, if I don t lose you today I ll let you go If you stay.
Fans of If I Stay who thought the story concluded after Mia s choice will experience the post trauma that not only changed her life, but altered Adam s happiness In Where She Went, we face the aftermath of the recovery and begin to wonder whether Mia really survived the crash as it becomes evident that choosing to live is only half the battle As a result Adam must face the pain of honoring a promise that was made to hold on to the one he loves.
This story takes place three years after the crash and Mia s physical recovery She s a rising star at Juilliard and Adam is a celebrity of the rock band Shooting Star that finds himself at a crossroads The story is told in Adam s perspective and begins the night he makes a choice to revisit the muse of his success The writing is raw and powerful and my emotions were on high alert right alongside Adam s the entire time Gayle Forman s powerful prose explores grief, pain, and the possibility of rekindling a spark surrounded by chaos I ve been impatient to get my hands on this book as soon as I heard it was coming out, and it didn t disappoint one bit I love it to pieces and I read it over the course of two days, not because I couldn t finish it in one sitting, but because I wanted to experience Adam s journey in a way that would allow me to internalize his emotions and understand his pain But most of all, his lyrics at the beginning of most chapters had me stopping to appreciate Forman s ability to express her characters in song.
If the story ends here, I think it s a two book series well concluded I m not saying everything is wrapped up in a pretty red bow, but I will say I have hope Beautifully done Thank you Alexa for sharing with me this story that I will cherish It s one that will definitely make my top five this year Thank you Thank you Tina you re next DQuotes that moved me I want to cut through the space that separates us, measured in feet not miles, not continents, not years and I want to touch her to make sure it s really her but I can t touch her, it s a privilege that s been revoked Against my will but still.
I battle with invisible waves and imaginary vortexes and demons that are all too real and of my own making, I actually feel something in my chest open, a feeling so intense, it s like my heart s about to burst And I just let it I just let it out.
I needed to hate someone and you re the one I love the most, so it fell on you.
Then she lost the battle and started to cry All my annoyance melted You dumb ass, I crooned, kissing her on the forehead You don t share me You own meI m calm My chips are all cashed out There s nothing to lose Or, maybe I ve already lost it and found it, and whatever else there might be to lose, it s got nothing to do with what s on stage.
Vindicated Dashboard Confessional Waiting for the End Linkin Park I needed to hate someone and you re the one I love the most, so it fell on you You were so busy trying to be my savior that you left me all aloneThis is the conclusion to Mia and Adam s story, one that captivated me until the very last page The story follows our dear characters three years after Mia awoke from a heartbreaking coma In this continuation, we have the privilege to read from Adam s point of view that is as endearing as Maia s was It also contains the same calm and out of this world ambience and a lyrical pleasant writing that is simply impressive and perfectly suiting the storyYou know, I thought about that a lot these last couple of years, She says in a choked voice About who was there for you Who held your hand while you grieved for all that you d lostTo be honest, I didn t find this book as sad as I expected to Of course, I was emotional in the inside but it didn t show up with tears Often goosebumps appeared though, making me remember that this is a poignant story and that those characters are wonderful and that Adam is one of the most good hearted hero I have ever encountered in a bookHate me Devastate me Annihilate me Re create me Re create me Won t you, won t you won t you re create meOne of the things I loved the most in Where She Went is definitely the lyrics of songs wrote at the beginning of some chapters They re enchanting and they make you understand some parts of Adam s life better and maybe realize how he got so far and became a celebrityFirst you inspect meThen you dissect meThen you reject meI wait for the dayThat you ll resurrect me AnimateI recommend this series to everyone, boy and girl, teenager and adult and especially to hopeless contemporary romance lovers because the romance is absolutely wonderful and magical It s dreamy and feels so real, an impressive example of true love that may seem unearthly but makes us believe that there is hope in this world for whatever shattering event could happenHer hands were freezing, just like they always were, so I warmed them, just like I always didA weakness I found in this book is the lack of dialogs There were many pages that were simply filled with descriptions and mostly psychological ones I didn t mind it but I would have appreciated dialogs since those are my favourite parts in a book Although, the writing was splendid so reading Where She Went rarely felt something other than what it is, a splendid story.
What about the ending Perfection.
This added absolutely nothing to this series, other than reconfirming how much I dislike these books
This is Adam s story I loved Adam in If I Stay He was this incredibly supportive and sensitive and wonderful guy who loved a girl so much that he would do anything for her, who accepted and honored her for being the unique and oddball opposite to him, rather than wanting her to be something she wasn t, who loved her family so much that their deaths were as painful to him as his own family s deaths would be I liked Adam so much, that I didn t even talk about him in my If I Stay review, because nothing would have really done justice to how perfect I thought he was I don t mean literally perfect, he had flaws, but just perfect in the situations he was in Unfortunately, I barely even liked Adam in Where She Went I get that Mia leaving him left him heartbroken I get that Even taking into account the unusual aspect of the end of their relationship meaning him supporting her through the accident and the recovery , I just find being heartbroken, anxiety ridden, depressed and self destructive for 3 years with no end in sight a bit tiresome That s longer than they were even together And yet, after three years, a meteoric musical career, fame and fortune and success, all Adam can do is blame Mia for walking out on him and leaving him cold, and take that bitterness and anger out on others I don t mean to sound insensitive I know that many, many people will find just this thing I found so tiresome to be rather romantic We all want to be the center of someone s world Someone s soul mate I understand what she meant to him, and what their potential meant to him But with every outburst and cynical thought, I just got and tired of it I also missed the music that was so much a part of what brought If I Stay to life I know that there was a lot of musical references in Where She Went , but it wasn t the same I have no interest in where each of Shooting Star s songs debuted on the charts, or other details of their rise It s enough to know they made it, for me What I missed was the way that music mattered, the way they LIVED through music, not just lived by it, or with it, if that makes sense All of this is not to say that I disliked the book I didn t I liked it, overall Some parts quite a bit than others The writing is still fantastically emotive and brutal in a way It pulls no punches and makes sure that the reader feels everything to a fault see above I WAS sad and hurt for Adam s loss, and I did want him to find a measure of happiness again and if not happiness, then closure and acceptance It s hard to lose those we love It s even harder to lose those we love after we ve helped them through their own lost loved ones Who s there to help pick up those kind of pieces I grieved for him for that I liked the way that the story came kind of full circle, and Adam did get his closure, even though it came through finding out things that certainly hurt I liked that he was able to understand and appreciate the decision that Mia made in leaving, even though he was shattered by it I liked the way he found new reserves of self respect in himself because of this revelation This book didn t live up to If I Stay for me, but it is by no means a bad book I like themes of lasting love, and I think that many people will love this book for that reason, but I just didn t think that this one had the same heart that If I Stay had, and for that, I can only give it 2 stars.
after finishing this, ive realised two things the sequels in gayle formans series are sooo much stronger than the first book much better in terms of plot , and her guy characters are sooo much compelling and interesting than her girl characters i loved reading reading from adam perspective such raw emotion.
my only issue with this is one of things that stopped me from enjoyingif i stay,and that is the constant back and forth between the present moment in NYC and flashbacks to the past i was invested in what was happening between adam and mia and their reunion, so the flashbacks to random points over the past three years distracted me from that i appreciate that they are used for character development and filling the reader in on whats happened, but i often found myself skimming forward to the present day sections overall, i think this is the strongest book in this duology its not perfect, but it is a wonderful ending to adam and mias story 3.
5 stars It S Been Three Years Since The Devastating Accident Three Years Since Mia Walked Out Of Adam S Life ForeverNow 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 OtherTold From Adam S Point Of View In The Spare, Lyrical Prose That Defined If I Stay, Where She Went Explores The Devastation Of Grief, The Promise Of New Hope, And The Flame Of Rekindled Romance Once in awhile comes a story that has touched me in a way that I will never forget.
It s a story about one girls journey and her ultimate decision about life and death, to let go or to move on It was both heartbreaking and heartwarming.
That story was If I Stay, and after I closed that book, my first and only thought wasYou know I thought about that a lot these last couple of years, she said in a chocked voice About who was there for you Who held your hand while you grieved for all that you d lost Where She Went is the much anticipated sequel to a much beloved story But this time it s told through Adams eyes This is his story, his journey, his memories through flashbacks of the past with Mia, and without We get to see the man that Adam as become, and what he wants to be We see his devastation, watch his rising fame, and share an open wound that is healed by music, but never fully closed But most importantly, we get to walk with Mia and Adam through the streets of New York and witness a love so beautiful and alive that it has once again touched me in a way that I will never ever forget.
Gayle Foreman has done it all over again She gave her fans everything you could ever want in a sequel and Her words are filled with so much passion and compassion I can safely say that I loved this one even then the firstEver hear the one about that dog that spent it s life chasing cars and finally caught one and had no idea what to do with it I m that dog This book was so amazing Adam is amazing And all I want to do is hug him Adam s story is filled with so much emotional and physical energy It s raw and powerful and exposed and vulnerable The things he says, the things he only admits to himself, is what really broke me You can feel his destruction Even the lyrics to his songs were both inspiring and hauntingYou dumb ass, I crooned, kissing her on the forehead You don t share me You own me Mia is a character that has lived through the worse kind of hell, so I was surprised how far she s come and proud of the way she survived What she admits to Adam shocked me, but like Adam, I finally got it I had a flood of emotions while reading this I cringed, I cried I smiled a goofy ass grin to grin smile all the way through.
Adam and Mia will always be one of my all time greats Hands down one of the best book that I ve ever read I adored this book I loved this book And I will always treasure these characters I m not going to spoil anything by telling you if they get there happily ever after, but I will say that this was worth the agonizing wait and I am beyond thrilled that I finally got the closure I desperate needed Fans of If I Stay will not be disappointed, this is one journey your not going to want to miss out on.
Simply put It s utterly Brilliant Special thanks to Alexa for sharing her copy and for Arlene for sending it Brookeyour next DLinkin Park Waiting For the End Lyrics