Where She Went
Author: Gayle Forman
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Penguin Group
Format: Print Copy
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Picking up several years after the dramatic conclusion of If I Stay, Where She Went continues the story of Adam and Mia, from Adam’s point of view. Ever since Mia’s decision to stay – but not with him – Adam’s career has been on a wonderful trajectory. His album, borne from the anguish and pain of their breakup, has made him a bona fide star. And Mia herself has become a top-rate cellist, playing in some of the finest venues in the world. When their respective paths put them both in New York City at the same time, the result is a single night in which the two reunite – with wholly satisfying results.
I have always heard that the second in any series is good may not be quite as good as the first but it is usually still good and then the third in the series seems to be less than. It just doesn’t stand up to the wellness of the previous ones. I may be different in my view and if so that is fine by me but the first book If I stay I did not like. I just didn’t care for it. It wasn’t what everyone made it out to be. That being said you probably are wondering why I bothered reading the second book if I didn’t like the first, well because I thought to myself surely the second has to be better then the first. How much worse could it be? Guess What?! I was right, I actually enjoyed it and yes it definitely was better then the first book. It was good, interesting, I followed it a lot better then the first book. For me it was this book that made the story not just complete but good.
I am trying hard not to compare the two but I’m finding it hard not to. Granted they are in the same series but they are still two different books. With that being said I am going to get the comparing out of my system so my thoughts will go elsewhere. In the first book it was pretty much her in and out of consciousness. It was hard to follow the back and forth of the story. It didn’t flow like it should have. This second book flowed and maybe that has something to do with the fact that it was all present day instead of back and forth from present to past but nonetheless it was easy to follow and had a much better plot (or destination) then the first one.
Even though I didn’t like the first one I decided to give the second one a chance and that definitely paid off. I really enjoyed this half of the journey. It goes to show that we all have some not good beginnings but can end up having a really good ending.!