Review Rewind and Give-a-way: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

A few months ago, I read, reviewed and adored WHERE SHE WENT and now after receiving another ARC I want to give someone else an opportunity to read it. Just respond to this post (with an email addy) and I will select someone a week from today 3/24/2011, midnight PST. This give-a-way is open internationally :) GOOD LUCK.

WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • Author Website: Gayle Forman
  • Pre-order: HERE
  • Rating: YYYY1/2

  • 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.


    IF I STAY by Gayle Forman is one of my top five favorite reads of all time and when I need cathartic tears to flow, it is my go-to book. In fact, it is a cherished book among many readers and I could go on and on with accolades for IF I STAY because it is so amazing, but that is not why I am here today. The much awaited companion novel to IF I STAY, entitled WHERE SHE WENT found it's way into my eager hands and I stopped everything I was doing so that I could read and savor my newest bounty. It was as if I was starved for literary ambrosia and I could not stop until the last word was consumed. I was in heaven.

    I am not sure how I can go about this review without revealing too much, but I will try my best. Initially I had no knowledge that a sequel/companion novel was in the making until last spring. I never thought that much about Mia's and Adam's story going any further. Then as the idea set in the seed of possible scenarios planted itself within my brain and I became obsessed. Yet, nothing could have prepared me for what I encountered within the pages of WHERE SHE WENT.

    This story takes place three years after Mia's horrific accident in which she lost her entire family, but now the story is being told through Adam's POV. And if you have read the synopsis you know that Mia and Adam are no longer together (I'm not spoiling anything here). His perspective on their lives apart is grittier, darker and more destructive but by no means as painful than it's predecessor. As you begin you cannot fathom why Mia and Adam are apart, it is even a mystery to Adam who is now a successful rock star living the American dream. As he trudges forward, lost and riddled with anxiety his mind goes back to those months after her accident, replaying and dissecting each moment until he is numb and empty. The night before he is to leave on a European tour abroad a moment of fate occurs and Adam and Mia are brought together again. Their encounter leads to an evening traveling throughout the city of New York, revealing their lives apart in moments filled with memories, hurtful truths and confessions. But what will the light of dawn bring for them? only time will tell.

    As I read WHERE SHE WENT I felt a weight settle in my chest. Adam's pain and loss was so palpable that certain passages left me without the ability to breath. I was so overcome with emotion that I was left bereft of tears. I understood Adam's anger, sympathized with Mia's decisions and was a willing captive to their journey. I truly enjoyed the music lyrics that introduced certain chapters it is one of my favorite bits that add to the magic of this book. Gayle Forman is an amazing talent and she has returned with a story that is filled with love, anger, heartbreak and hope. In the same beautiful lyrical style as before while returning us to a couple that we can never forget.

    I recommend WHERE SHE WENT to all of those that enjoyed IF I STAY for it was a story that needed to be told and was well done. I will be the first to admit that it did not grab me in the quite the same manner as IF I STAY had, but It is a story that I will always remember and cherish.


    1. I don't know why I've been postponing reading If I stay. Maybe because it seems a little different from what I usually read, out of my comfort zone.But your awesome review just convinced me to get to it ASAP! And I love that Where she went is from Adam's POV so I'm even eager to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!!!


    2. I'd love to read this book!

      aikychien at yahoo dot com

    3. oh, sounds really good. Thanks for giveaway:)


    4. I have heard great things about If I stay and it's on my list of books to purchase. Thanks for the giveaway!

    5. Aww, I can't wait to read it now. I'm curious to see where they end up after this book. Thanks for the review.

      findjessyhere at gmail dot com

    6. Thanks for the giveaway! Please count me in!

    7. Thank you for the giveaway! I liked If I Stay and look forward to reading Where She Went.

    8. I will definitively read it and can't wait to start with it! thanks for a chance to win the book :)
      greetings, Ina

      inale87 at gmx dot at

    9. want to read so bad!!!

      americangirlie1991 AT yahoo DOT com

    10. Sometimes a good cry feels good. Thanks for the giveaway.

      lizzi0915 at aol dot com

    11. I'm currently reading If I Stay, and quite obviously, I'd like to own Where She Went. I'd really like to know what happens thereafter.

      Thanks for your review. And this giveaway.

    12. Thanks for the giveaway! I loved If I Stay.

    13. I loved If I Stay, it was the first book ever to make me cry, so now of course I can't wait to get my hands on Where She Went! Thanks for the opportunity to win it and for making it international. :)
      Happy St. Patrick's Day!


    14. I haven't read If I Stay and neither this book, but I would like to read them both, so count me in :>

    15. I'm definitely looking forward to reading If I Stay ^.^

      Sniffly Kitty
      Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books

    16. I really want to read this book!

    17. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

      erinberry12 at charter dot net

    18. This looks so good, want to read it!!!!


    19. Please count me in. Thanks for the giveaway.

      forwhlz at gmail dot com

    20. I read the first book a week ago and I loved it so much, especially Mia's crazy family. I would like to win this ARC.

      Thank you!

    21. I read the first book when it came out and it was amazing! Did you know there's going to be a movie?

    22. This book sounds amazing even though I haven't yet read the first book.
      Thanks for the giveaway

    23. Great review. The first book was haunting, emotional and beautiful. I have looked forward to this one for a while. Thank you for the opportunity.

    24. I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel!! I loved If I Stay.

      deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

    25. Wow! I love your review! It just shows how amazing Where She Went is!

      Please include me! Thanks for the chance!

    26. Enter me into giveaway, please :)) I loved If I stay and I´d really like to read this one .))

    27. Thanks for this giveaway! I'd love to read this book.
      TweetyB99 at aol dot com

    28. I am really looking forward to reading this! I enjoyed If I Stay and I am very curious to see the continuation of the story!!


    29. I cannot wait to read Where She Went! If I Stay was phenomenal!

      Thanks for the chance! :)


    30. Thanks for this awesome chance to win!


    31. I would LOVE to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

      clderwee at gmail dot com

    32. Would love to win this one! Thanks for the giveaway!
      lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

    33. This book sounds so amazing! I loved loved LOVED If I Stay and can't wait to read this one!

      TaraTagli at gmail dot com

    34. I loved If I Stay.It was so good and so heartbreaking. I so want to get my hands on Where She Went to read and then hand it down to my friends.


    35. Thank you for this review, and this awesome opportunity to read this book. I've heard such wonderful things about this book, and I'm really looking forward to reading it. Thank you, yet again, for your generosity in hosting this amazing giveaway!

      Email: or Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com
      Twitter: @inluvwithbookz

    36. I lOved If I Stay!! I really like your review and I cannot wait to read it's sequel! Hope I win this!! Thanks!! :))


    37. This has been on top of my wish list along with CoFA! We've been waiting for so long and I can't wait to finally read it. Thank you for the chance!!



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