Friday, June 3, 2011
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
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.
If I Stay and Where She Went have such heavy emotions in them. Sometimes I wonder who wants to read such sad stories? But that may just emphasize my personal love for adventure, paranormal, fantasy books.
This second book is still very heavily laden with the music world. I was actually surprised that the book was not titled Where They Went as the story is told from Adam's point of view and the direction that he had taken after Mia's accident and then briefly for a couple of chapters Mia's story is told. The majority of the book is really Adam's situations, feelings and travels since Mia had left. Although of course through him her story is eventually told it really is Adams' story.
The fact that this story is told from Adams viewpoint is what actually got my attention and curiosity after reading the first book to see where the story went. Adam was my favorite character from the first book and he and his rock band style was more appealing to me than Mia's classical side.
I thought maybe we might see that rockstar side of Adam, the love of performing for people and the intense emotions that come from performing on stage and travelling. But Adams' story was full of depression, anxiety, saddness and hate for the situation he was in, like he was just following the motions to get through another day.
The author is obviously incredible at describing emotions and scenes that you can place yourself in the story very easily. Overall these books are very touching, but very sad.