Title: Where She Went (If I Stay #2)
Author: Gayle Forman
Genre: Fiction - Young Adult
FTC Disclosure: Borrowed from the library
Summary (from goodreads.com):
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.
Told 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.
Every morning I wake up and I tell myself this: It's just one day, one twenty-four-hour period to get yourself through.
Why this book?
- I really enjoyed the first book, If I Stayed, told from Mia's perspective. I cried my eyes out. I read it back in 2009 though and before I stayed to blog... I wish I had!
- Pretty. But not how I pictured Mia to be. Also, the photographer in me said, "don't shoot up people's nose! It's not flattering!" But I loved the messy hair.
- Clever - summed up the story and matched the style of the first book title
- Still easy to read.
- I felt like it dragged on... I understood that the author didn't want to explain everything until later so that all the secrets weren't revealed on the first page
- I could identify with Mia in the first book, and really liked her, Adam and Mia's family. In this book, I didn't like either Mia or Adam. Mia - she reasoning just didn't quite make sense to me (again, maybe because I am not a teenager anymore... and I supposed I haven't gone through what she had). Adam - while his destructive behavior was explained, it didn't mean I had to like it. I thought he was better than that.
- Okay I supposed. At least I didn't feel like throwing the book across the room after I was done.
- I think the reason I liked the first book so much was because I felt so emotional about it. I hardly felt anything when I read this one.
- How to get 5 stars from me when reviewing a book? Make me emotional (cry, laugh, whatever)
- Lots of people still enjoyed this second book, so don't let my negative (or rather, "lukewarm or neutral") review stopped you from finding it out yourself. I'd definitely recommend reading the first book first.
- Depends... I'm getting picky about YA books now...
"She said it was because one day I was going to have to go through a metamorphosis like a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly and that scared me, so butterflies scared me."
3 Stars. Just okay for me.
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