Review: Where She Went By Gayle Forman

Where She Went by Gayle Forman: Book CoverDetails:  Where She Went by Gayle Forman

            • Pub. Date: April 2011
            • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
            • Format: Hardcover , 208pp
            • Sales Rank: 609
            • Age Range: Young Adult

Where She Went 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.

 

My Thoughts:

Well, Gayle Forman did a wonderful job with Where She Went because it can be read as a stand alone book.  Now, I am sure that it is even stronger if you have read If I Stay, but I had no idea when I picked this up that it was a part of a series.  And I wouldn’t have know by just reading the story.

This story of Adam who is struggling with his rock star status and increasingly more unhappy and damaging to himself and patiently his band and Mia his former girlfriend, who took off for Juilliard after a devastating car accident, that left the rest of her family dead.  Adam in a fit of frustration mouths off to a reporter about pictures that she has found of him and Mia in an old high school yearbook.  The past is too much and he wants it to stay there.  After wandering the streets, he does something he knows he shouldn’t and decides to see Mia in concert even thought she had a restraining order out on him.  What happens from here is classic – and you must read the book for yourself.

This is a great story of not only finding your self but finding what you didn’t know what missing.  I enjoyed the story and have plans to go back and read book 1 because I feel like it has a strong message.  I did feel like this book might have been a bit of filler for what might be coming but was really worth the read.

 

My Rating

Good Story – hopefully more to come!

*I purchased this book. All opinions are my own.

 

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Wildefire by Karsten Knight: Book Cover
Wildfire by Karsten Knight
July 26, 2011

Every flame begins with a spark.

Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

 

What are you waiting on this lovely Wednesday? Leave me a comment (button for comments is on the upper right has side of this post)  I would love to know what else you are looking forward too.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading 

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This Week’s Teaser Tuesday

Sunset Bridge

Sunset Bridge by Emilie Richards

Page 27

“Oh please. Me? Nothing like it.  Maggie and me, we’re as different as a palm tree and an oak.  I had to go back into that room, me expecting a baby in a month, you understand, me as big as that Statler mansion were you fell into the swimming pool–“

“It would be polite not to remember that afternoon out loud.”

Wanda was always glad to get a rise out of her young friend.

Now, I hope that you will share your teaser with me this week.  I am looking forward to finding some new books so please leave me a comment. Comments can be left by click the button on the top right of this post.