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WHERE SHE WENT. GAYLE FORMAN.

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)Where She Went by Gayle Forman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

SUMMARY:

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 Julliard’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.

WHAT I THOUGHT:

OKAY, first up, I have so much to say.
When I read reviews, they liked this much better than “if I stay”. If you ask me, I think I know why.
In “Where she went”, the setting is three years after the accident. We all would’ve thought that after that 1st squeeze Mia gave, everything went fine..–but, no it didn’t. Well obviously it didn’t, THUS, the second book. I admit that I was confused at the first few sentences I’ve read then I realized it was from Adam’s point of view already (hooray for me!lol), and honestly, that was a nice change. As Adam slowly narrates his current shity life, I mean come on, anyone who read this book would have to admit he lived such a trashy rock star life. He had it all but not everything, you get what I mean? So.. as all his drama unfolds as he flashbacks (which, if you realize, is becoming of a THEME in these TWO books, which is OKAY, because it kinda connects them both), I empathize so much with him. I slowly hated Mia, and what she did (you have to admit) is the most cowardly elusive thing she ever did in her life- I mean, WTF? breaking up was one thing, but without an explanation. i mean i was like “curse you!”.. (as you can see on my updates,lol). I almost went ballistic when she called him to her backstage, and I felt all these words go out of me, but unfortunately, Adam didn’t say the words I said. They went their separate ways but Mia approached him outside again,and they eat,go visit the Statue of L, Brooklyn Bridge, hide hide, bfast,..at the start it was soo AWKWARD. It was so obvious they avoided the TOPIC that should have been the first thing they talked about. If it was me, it would be probably be the FIRST thing I asked, because I’m a pretty straightforward girl,.but you know, that’s just me. OKay. so when Adam asked the MAIN question, it all went out.. when the CLOSURE topic came on, I slowly came to conclude that it was for the best (because even after listening to Mia’s explanation, I still thought she was unfair, and it is best for them to go on their separate ways). Closure, as Adam said was not magical, you-can-see-the-changes-immediately kinda thing, but it was it. You have the melancholy feeling of peace,whatever. And I guess that’s true. And as the near-ending comes, Mia had this unsure snap decision to give something back to Adam (take note, just as he reaches for the phone,and call a cabbie,. what a cliche right?) nyway, when she climbed up her stairs, I thought she was going to make out with him (because I thought since everything’s coming to the cliche part, i thought they were going there too! i know, overrated of me!)..so i was wrong and she did the most unexpected of all things, gave him back his guitar, i mean as in his “the guitar” (you get it, the one special to him, all those years,etc, you know the drill). And as it clicked to Adam, (slowly for him, immediately to me). Just as I read that part (she gave the guitar), I knew! I knew she wasn’t over with him yet. Yes, she hated him for making her STAY (btw, that part, REVELATION part? made me cry a lot because all the 3 years wasted? was now clear,and maybe justified, a bit. I guess, for both of them, since even if I love Adam’s character, but for Mia’s credit, he DID promise to let go). so anyway, I knew it. and when she didn’t use the past tense “loved”, but “love”,(yes, I very carefully observed tenses, hellO?? it makes clear distinction!). Everything could have ended there, FOR me. BUT it didn’t occur to me that they’re real problem was SCHEDULE/TIME for ea other. The author took care of that when I didn’t care much about that. They talked about it..and voila! A HAPPY ENDING.

AS YOU Can SEE, I went flying on this one. Up, down, rolling around. Cried, laughed, reminisced, as if I’m part of the story. I was very much emotional (angry,if you know what i mean) when the heartbreaking few starting chapters were read, but by the middle, you get to catch on, and just as you thought they will not end up together, but that would not be happy, and at the least time you expected it, the metamorphosis happened.
So, the ending still made me smile. NO more next book on this please. LET ADAM&MIA find happiness(:

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