Review: Where She Went

Where She Went by Gayle Forman will be released in the U.S. on April 5, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

Published by Dutton Juvenile, a member of Penguin Group, the print edition is 208 pages.

Goodreads description:

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 Julliard’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 StayWhere She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.


“Where did you go? Do you ever think about me? You’ve ruined me. Are you okay?”

What if you made a promise to the one you loved that if they stayed you would leave if they asked? And what if they took you up on that promise?

How could you go on knowing they were out there somewhere living their life without you? A life that you thought you would always be a part of. Knowing their smile was no longer yours, that they were no longer yours.

How would you continue if they took a piece of your soul with them? What could you do to fill the void created by their absence?

Who would you blame for the promise you made?


Where She Went is the achingly beautiful and truly exceptional follow-up to If I Stay. Told from Adam Wilde’s perspective readers are carried along through his emotional wasteland as he strives to cope with his new existence without Mia and struggles to understand what went wrong.

Author Gayle Forman has once again delivered an exceptionally written story filled with the raw and staggering emotions that accompany loss. Adam’s confusion, emptiness and helplessness just seep off the page and attach themselves to the reader, making his pain their own.

The author once again shifts back and forth between past and present, as Adam recalls moments from his past and theirs, creating continuity between his story and Mia’s. A story which is intertwined with hers, but whereas her suffering was filled with hopelessness, his is filled with a pain that is sharp, simmering just under the surface and ready to explode.

Where She Went is just as beautiful and sorrowful as its predecessor, but there is also a tenderness, yearning and hopefulness to Adam’s story that is breathtaking and unexpected.

This book can be read without having read If I Stay as the author infuses just enough of Mia’s story to make the book readable on its own. However, readers will be missing out on something simply incredible if they do not read both books.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

On a personal note:

I cannot tell you how glad I am that I waited to read If I Stay so that I could follow it up immediately with Where She Went. This book was phenomenal, but so very different in feel from the first book.

I am always wary about sequels done through the eyes of different characters. Making the transition to another viewpoint after having read an entire book seeing the events through someone else’s eyes can be disconcerting.

But this was just perfect. I loved Mia in the first book and I completely fell in love with Adam in this one. Being able to see things from Adam’s p.o.v. made it so very obvious to me why she stayed.

I could not have asked for a better follow up book. And the fact that it was so very different made it so easy to read these books back-to-back. And if this had tried to mimic the feel and style of such a unique and powerful book like If I Stay I think this would not have been the success that it is.

This story has the beauty and pain that were so all encompassing in the first book, but Where She Went offers one thing that If I Stay doesn’t – hope.

I am so glad that I got a chance to know Adam and to feel what he felt. Where She Went takes a story that felt incomplete and completes it.

I cannot wait to discover more from this author as her writing is brilliant and beautiful and moving.


There were so many amazing passages, but one non-spoiler is:*

Whenever I remember it, I just picture our tent, a little ship glowing in the night, the sounds of Mia’s and my whispers escaping like musical notes, floating out on a moonlit sea.

*Please note, quote is from the ARC so it may be different in the finished copy.


To read an excerpt from Where She Went on the book’s website, CLICK HERE.

For some great extras including playlists and lyrics to Shooting Star’s songs, check out the author’s website at or the book site at

If you’d like to check out my review of If I Stay, the first book in the series, click here.

Book trailer for Where She Went:

This review is based on an ARC I received through a book trade AND through an eARC I received courtesy of Penguin Young Readers Group and NetGalley.

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