Where She Went by Gayle Forman

published on January 1st 2011 by Dutton Juvenile
romance | contemporary

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It’s been three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life.

And three years he’s spent wondering why.

When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.

Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good – or can you really have a second chance at first love?


“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’d do it. I can lose you like that if I don’t lose you today. I’ll let you go. If you stay.”

I dived into this book feeling giddy because at last! I can read something without distractions. But.. this book.. *sigh*.. it made me very.. sad? No. That’s not the right word for it. I was heavyhearted. I can’t seem to understand why but, I feel like there’s this gloomy aura surrounding me while I was reading this book. Why the hell did I choose this book to read?? BUT. I did not regret reading this. It was such a great reading experience even with the mournful feeling it gave me.

This book started 3 years after “If I Stay”, with me seeing Adam pretty much devastated. He’s not living. He’s just surviving. I was really surprised. I mean, why are Adam and Mia not together?! They weren’t together since Mia left for Juilliard. Anyway, after all those time, Mia was totally different. I know she’ll never get over what happened to her but she’s doing so much better than before now. But yeah, Adam was a different story. He’s not just hurting. He IS pain.

What I loved about this book is the relationship between Adam and Mia. What they have is deep and profound that I’m quite amazed that they have it at such a very young age. I am quite jealous really. Their love is something most people wished to have. And that is why it hurt me seeing Adam like the way he was in the book. I can’t imagine what must that felt like, seeing that he brought all of this pain to himself. But still, my heart broke for him..

Anyway, I also freaking love the writing. Ms. Gayle Forman is so bloody brilliant that I’m certain this won’t be the last book by her that I’ll read. Her writing is heartfelt and I really felt a connection with the characters. It is so rare for authors to make their readers feel what their characters are experiencing.

“Hate me. Devastate me. Annihilate me. Re-create me. Re-create me. Won’t you, won’t you won’t you re-create me.”

This book broke me, shattered my heart into little pieces and then mend it back together. I liked If I Stay but I LOVE Where She Went. I feel like I can’t give this book a review that will give it justice. I know a lot of people already read this one but if you haven’t yet, please get on with this series. It will be a reading experience that will leave you absentmindedly saying “wow”.


Skulls 4.5


Are you an If I Stay fan? Do you plan to read this duology?

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29 thoughts on “Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

  1. To be quite honest I was one of those people who didn’t love If I Stay but I LOVED LIKE CRAZY WSW! Your right, there is a sort of gloomy aura surrounding this book and it was completely devastating! I loved Adam’s voice and just cried my heart out for him and Mia and what was of their lives. I’m so happy you enjoyed this one! Lovely review :)


  2. I liked If I Stay. I didn’t love it though. But I’ll definitely be reading Where She Went since you gave it such a great rating :))


  3. I feel the exact same way about this book – it tore me to pieces, made me heartbroken and angry and full of fear… but ultimately it is so, so satisfying. Mia and Adam’s love rings so true and loud; it’s a joy to behold, once they start cracking each other’s shells again. And I just loooooved Adam’s voice – Gayle Forman does such a good job with his POV.
    Wonderful review!



    I’ll be completely honest here – I’m definitely the black sheep out with this series. I’m probably one of the only people on the planet who didn’t absolutely gush over If I Stay, so I never read the 2nd book. However, your review has really convinced me to deeply consider giving it a second try! Thanks for sharing Marga, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3


  5. This book was rather depressing, if you ask me. :P I wasn’t a HUGE fan of If I Stay, though I found I enjoyed the first book was better than this one in my personal opinion. Though I have to agree — Gayle Forman is an amazing writer! I’ve read another one of her books, too that I enjoyed, so she’s definitely a writer I’ll keep reading. ^_^


  6. I totally agree with your comment about feeling heavyhearted while reading this, Amy! I did too. My heart hurt so much for Adam. I was upset when I cracked open this book and found out they hadn’t been together for THREE years! I’m thrilled at how it all worked out, though. They were meant to be. Wonderful review! :)


  7. Ahhh Adam my little baby. I had this desire to hug him and hold him throughout the whole book. My heart broke and I totally understand how you felt. I felt the same. Feels were everywhere and gosh I feel them now!!! So yes I’m so happy you read this one. Great review :)


  8. I’m really really tempted to watch If I stay movie but I think I’ll just betray myself if I will not read the book first and then Where She Went. It’s been in my tab for quiet some time and I have this feeling that I may not contain myself especially with all these reviews saying how heartbreaking and sad the story is. The trailer was already tear-jerking. I wonder when will I have the courage to finally read it.


    1. I was hesitant to read these books at first because I am not a fan of too depressing stuffs but.. I did read it and it was awesome. I could tell you that you’ll be missing out if you didn’t start on with this duology!


  9. YES! I felt exactly the same way and loved this even more than the first book. I really connected with Adam even more in this one, my heart broke for him. Ohhh, I think I need to reread these. Brilliant review poppet <3


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