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.


5 thoughts on “Review: Where She Went By Gayle Forman

  1. I didn’t pick this one up because I haven’t read the first one yet, but I do want to read both. Good to know it holds up on it’s own too. (I’m having a really hard time getting past the spam filter.)

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  2. Wonderful review. I so need to do my review for this book. It was such a great read. 🙂 Both of them were. I could not help crying at the first book, ever so sad.


  3. Thanks for this review! I think I’ll have to pick up the first book.

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