Az’s CBR-III Review #6: Where she went by Gayle Forman
Where She Went is the sequel to If I Stay. This time, the story is told from the viewpoint of Adam, Mia’s boyfriend. Basically it travels the 3 years from when Mia woke up from her coma to the present. There were many unexpected developments in this sequel. I’m not planning to spoil any of them because all the discoveries made in this book are actually what propel the story along. I really have to tip my hat to Gayle Foreman for not turning this into your run-of-the-mill recovery from accident, love story plot. Another aspect of the book that I loved as well are the inclusion of Adam’s lyrics. What could have been a cliched sampling of teenage emotions actually reads as honest, bitter emotion… these lyrics are plausible. Yes, Adam is a tad emo, whiny and needy. And Mia is a little too well-adjusted at times. But this is a rarity among books: a wonderful, well written, well thought out sequel that is not only the perfect companion to its predecessor but also provides the perfect amount of closure and, the cherry on top of the sundae is that it doesn’t disappoint. Gayle Foreman has written another outstanding story. One last recommendation: bring a boxful of tissues, you are going to need them.