Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile, April 2011
Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: 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 Juilliard’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 Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.
The title makes it sound like ‘where she went’ is going to be explained thoroughly and meticulously, but that didn’t happen. I read If I Stay back when the movie came out. I think I cried either watching or reading it. I did like the book which is why I chose to read the sequel.
The story is told in Adam’s point-of-view and he suffers internally from his breakup with Mia. Mia just stopped contacting Adam and left him wondering about their relationship. Since I know how the story ends, I don’t think Mia should’ve broken up with Adam face-to-face. He’s obviously still in love with her and daydreams about how they’d meet again after the breakup.
I believe that their relationship is stronger now and whatever the future holds for Adam and Mia will be magical.