It’s no secret that I loved Gayle Forman’s If I Stay. I even wrote a song about it! So imagine my excitement over finding out she had written a sequel from Adam’s point of view. A good friend of mine let me borrow her ARC of Where She Went and I think I need to write her a thank you song or something. 🙂
IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IF I STAY, THEN THIS REVIEW MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS
I won’t lie; I was nervous to read Where She Went. Don’t get me wrong, I was extremely excited, but I loved If I Stay so much that I was worried this book wouldn’t live up to my expectations.
With this sequel, Gayle Forman continues to showcase her beautifully poetic writing. Adam’s voice is different than Mia’s, but it’s still soulful. I’m not sure if that’s the right word, but it’s the only one I can think of to describe it. Adam’s voice comes through so authentically and even though he swears, it doesn’t come across as swearing just for the sake of including “dirty” words. Although both him and Mia have changed over the years, the things they do and say are still so them–if that makes sense.
Like the first book, a lot of events are told through flashbacks, which I enjoyed. I found them to balance well with the “present day” events. Had the story been told without the use of flashbacks, I don’t think it would have been as effective.
I will confess, though, that the story didn’t grab me at first. It wasn’t until a few chapters in that I truly became engaged. This wasn’t because it was boring or pointless information. I think it was because A) I sometimes have issues getting used to a different narrator within an already-established “world” and B) I wanted more kissing scenes, haha. Okay, I just wanted a little more romance in general. Still, once I was hooked, I couldn’t stop reading and finished the book in a couple of hours. And I teared up toward the end, too. But they were happy-ish tears, though. 🙂
In the end, I loved Where She Went. Did I love it as much as If I Stay? No, but I tend to like the first in a series more anyway. Ms. Forman’s writing is once again amazing and so is the story. A lot of people are eager to read this and I’m positive they will love it.