**Warning! If you haven’t read If I Stay which is the first book in the duology by Gayle Forman, there will be spoilers ahead.**
Where She Went is the second book in the If I Stay duology by Gayle Forman. There will be some spoilers ahead for the first book so if you haven’t read it yet I would suggest waiting to read my review of the second. Okay, so now that my warning is out of the way, the second book takes place three years after If I Stay and Mia and Adam are living on opposite coasts from each other. We also find out that Mia has left Adam after coming out of the coma during her accident and Adam is a broken man because of it. I really enjoyed the first book in this duology and part of the reason I waited so long to read the second is because I could never remember if I owned it or not. Seriously, I almost bought it 4-5 times because I thought I didn’t actually have it (which shows just how many unread books I own but that’s another issue for another day).
Going in to Where She Went I had known that Mia left Adam so I was prepared for that but I was not at all expecting the perspective shift. The book first book is told from Mia’s POV and the second jumps to Adam’s. It took me longer than I would have liked to adjust to being inside Adam’s head and after everything, I found that I didn’t love him as a character. I had such warm feelings for him when Mia described his character to me but him relaying his own experiences just didn’t do it for me… until the end. Adam has gone on to become a famous rockstar and he seems very ungrateful for his good fortune. He takes his band for granted and doesn’t treat them or his manager the way he should. He has obviously been deeply affected by losing Mia but it doesn’t excuse his behavior.
I did love the adventurous night that Mia and Adam set out upon after their chance encounter in NYC. I loved reading about what Mia has been going through since her accident and the loss of her family and I love all of the awkward nuances between she and Adam during her dual trip down memory lane (it’s her last night in New York and she is remembering all of her favorite places in addition to remembering her feelings for Adam). Despite disliking the narrator, I did give Where She Went a four star rating on Goodreads because OMG that ending. I’m so happy that I read the conclusion because I have so much closure on Mia and Adam’s story. There were so many intense feelings in the last couple of chapters that I thought my heart was going to explode.
Final Thoughts: Where She Went by Gayle Forman is the conclusion to the If I Stay duology. If you read and loved the first book, you should absolutely continue the story (despite how much the POV change may annoy you). The ending is everything and you’ll get an immense amount of closure. Seriously, there is so much payoff!
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. (via Goodreads)