Series: If I Stay #2
Published by Dutton Books on April 5, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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It's been three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life.
And three years he's spent wondering why.
When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.
Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good - or can you really have a second chance at first love?
That is literally my reaction and the way my family members reacted to my craziness when I finished this book. I was heart-broken; not myself anymore. But either way, Where She Went changed me… for the second time. And the second time was even better than the first.
“So, this is how it’s become? This is what I’ve become? A walking contradiction? I’m surrounded by people and feel alone. I claim to crave a bit a normalcy but now that I have some, it’s like I don’t know what to do with it, don’t know how to be a normal person anymore.”
Oh, Adam. :'(
From this experience with re-reading this sequel after watching the movie for the first book, I am lost without words. Gayle Forman has broken my heart, and for sure has shattered others’s as well. When a beautiful male fictional character is broken-hearted, readers tend to be too. And I just didn’t know what to do to calm myself and believe that everything will be okay.
This time around, I paid attention to the feelings. I never loved Adam that much as I do now, and when Jamie Blackley played him in the movie for the previous novel, he became my dream man. He acted perfectly like him, and after that bawling-experience, I just wanted to remember and go on with the characters’s lives and continue on with their story.
“I look at her there in the shadows of the shut-down city, her hair falling onto her face, and I can see her trying to figure out if I’ve lost it. And I have to fight the urge to take her by the shoulders and slam her against a shuttered building until we feel the vibrations ringing through both of us. Because I suddenly want to hear her bones rattle.”
As you may know, the movie/first book left us off at a horrifying cliffhanger. Many people complained that they didn’t know what happened next. I guess that’s the magic of novels, right?
Before reading this—you’ve really got to take a few notes:
- Adam is depressed. He’s seriously and horribly depressed and there’s so many scary signs that he shows throughout the first half of the novel. It’s no joke. Without Mia, he’s a scrap of paper on the street. If you love somebody, then your life may be perfect, but without them, things can be shattered all the time. :'(
- Mia has changed. She’s confident—happy, even. Her personal demons are still haunting her, but she’s changed a lot since her past self. Sure, three years have passed, but she’s come to be wiser, and older of course. I love the new her.
- The writing is magnificent—as always coming from Gayle Forman. Going into Adam’s POV, the person who meant the most to Mia and the person who hurt her the most in ways was difficult. Who can master the thoughts of the guy who made Mia stay when all she’s ever known was ruined? In some ways, I understand why she blamed him for her disaster emotions.
It’s three years after the past events that took Mia’s family away and struck Adam’s love for her to a whole other level. In three years, things have changed. Mia has graduated Julliard, and she’s a cello-star. Beginning touring the world has always been her dream, and she’s finally made it there. Adam, on the other hand, is famous in the music world as well. He’s a rockstar, and Shooting Star is now known all over the world. But at the same time, Adam feels alone. Something—someone is missing in his life. One night, when both are stuck together in New York for one night, they meet again and that’s a night that can possibly bring all of their good memories back together.
“Jittery is how I normally feel. Jittery I’ve gotten used to. But ever since we kicked off our tour with three shows at Madison Square Garden, I’ve been feeling something else. Like I’m about to be sucked into something powerful and painful. Vortexy.”
I have no bad things to say about this book. Literally everything about it was a perfect 5 stars, and I wouldn’t have wanted it to end any other way. Mia and Adam? They’re the best characters you can possibly read about in a dark-contemporary romance read. Their connection is high above the stars and back down, and you can’t possibly seem to compare their love to anyone else’s.
I’M ENVIOUS. I’m so jealous of their love. After reading this, I just laid there and cried and cried and cried because it’s just so not fair. Why can’t there be any BEAUTIFUL GUYS LIKE ADAM? No one can beat his emotions and strong love. He seriously never stopped loving Mia, and I praise the book lords for making that possible for us readers, because I want something like that. 🙂
Gayle Forman’s writing is addicting. It’s lush, it’s like biting onto a candy apple—sweet, but then tough and sour. You feel like you can’t stop biting (reading) it because your feels will go on and throw you around. It’s literally impossible to tear out of, and you need to be part of this if you aren’t already. The story was amazing, and the magic and light of Mia and Adam’s story lit on and will stay in my heart forever.
“Hated me? Why?” “You made me stay.” She says it quietly, and it almost gets lost in the wind and the traffic and I’m not sure I heard her. But then she repeats it louder this time. “You made me stay!” And there it is. A hollow blown through my heart, confirming what some part of me has always known. She knows.”
Rating: 5 out of 5 gorgeous stars