Review: Where She Went

Where She Went Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Three years after Mia decided to stay (you should definitely read If I Stay before this), Adam is still grieving. Mia may have recovered, but when she left for Juilliard, she left Adam too. That left Adam to use his feeling to write a hit album with his band Shooting Star, but fame hasn’t exactly helped Adam to get any closure. He’s distant from the band, angry with reporters, and taking prescriptions for his emotional state.

Then, on the night before he’s supposed to leave on tour, by chance, he sees that Mia is playing a cello concert. After the concert Mia calls Adam to her room, and this leads to a night where Mia and Adam relive those years since they left as well as the times they spent together before and after the accident.

Probably I’m not in the right frame of mind to read a book like this (recent breakup…). For most of the book Adam just sounded whiny. I wanted to shake him and tell him to stop being such a self-absorbed asshole. And Mia was so floundering and indecisive at times that I grew annoyed with her too and could not understand why Adam was so in love with her. Anyone who has ever wanted “closure” in a relationship will probably love this book – it was a novel-length “closure”… except they ended up back together at the end. It all got a little too gushy and melodramatic for me.

I did enjoy the bits of guitar riffs and cello music, but they were not as frequent as the cello music in the audio of If I Stay. There are a few swears and one non-graphic sex scene.

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