WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman Book Review
Series: If I Stay, #2
Publication Date: November 4th 2010 by Dutton Juvenile
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations |
Book 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 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.
Book Review Overview:
- It was amazing to read about what Mia and Adam were able to accomplish in the last three years!
- Get the tissues ready – this one is a tear-jerker!
So I basically thought it was too good to be true when just about all of my bookish friends told me that WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman is better than the first book, If I Stay. It was impossible, I thought to myself.
Then I was proved that the impossible is possible.
WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman is all kinds of awesome. I read it in two sittings – I only stopped to cook and eat dinner, which was something I almost forgot to do because this book is so hard to put down.
Fast forward three years later after the accident. Adam is a famous rock star, and it’s been three years since he last saw Mia when she left for Julliard in New York. Despite the fame and money and a celebrity girlfriend, Adam still cannot let go of Mia. Their paths collide in New York when Adam stumbles upon her first concert at Carnegie Hall.
First of all, I loved reading about Mia and Adam three years later. Despite the fact that Adam is pretty much miserable and still heart-broken, I was so proud of what Mia and Adam had accomplished in the last three years. I almost wanted to do a happy dance because they were both able to live their dreams.
I really enjoyed the change of perspective in WHERE SHE WENT, which is told entirely from Adam’s perspective. I feel like male protagonists are so rare in young adult – so it was a refreshing change of pace.
WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman also involved tears and sniffles. I cried a few times while reading when all the emotions and feelings just got too overwhelming. My heart went out to Adam and Mia. They’ve gone through so much. A sign of a talented author, for me, is the ability to make me cry through words on a page.
Gayle Forman is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I’m basically going to get my hands on every book she publishes. I’m a fan. WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman will not disappoint fans of If I Stay.
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IF I STAY by Gayle Forman Book Review
Series: If I Stay, #1
Publication Date: April 2nd 2009 by Dutton Juvenile
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations|
Book Summary: In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…
A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
Book Review Overview:
- An absolute tear-jerker
- Protagonist with an awesome relationship with boyfriend and parents
- One of the best books I’ve read so far in 2013
Have your tissues ready because If I Stay by Gayle Forman is one hell of a tear-jerker. Mia’s family was just going out for a drive one morning. Next thing she knows, Mia is watching herself get taken away by an ambulance after a horrific car accident.
I love how point of view is used in If I Stay. Even if Mia is in a coma, she has an out of body experience that sees what is going on around her while she remains in critical condition at the ICU. She cannot interact with anyone, but she can listen to conversations and follow family members and friends around the hospital.
Forman also uses flashbacks quite well. Through flashbacks, we learn more about how Mia and Adam’s relationship developed. We also learned more about Mia’s family. By the time I reached the end of the book, I felt such a strong connection with all of the minor characters that the whole novel became even more heart-wrenching. This is one of the few books in YA in which the protagonist actually has an awesome relationship with her parents. For once, the parents are not absentee or ignorant. Their relationship with Mia just makes this book all the more powerful.
Okay, there is so much buzz in the blogging world about swoon-worthy Adam. And alright, I admit it – he is very swoon-worthy. He’s such a nice guy and he’s such a perfect boyfriend to Mia. What more can a girl want?
If I Stay by Gayle Forman is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I had a hard time putting this book down. Now, I can’t wait to pick up the sequel Where She Went.
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Summary: A modern girl’s comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods. When Phoebe’s mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe’s plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uberexclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. That’s right, they’re real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes: supersmart and superbeautiful with a few superpowers. And now they’re on her track team! Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods.
- Fun, light read – I read it in one sitting!
- Hot love interest; I didn’t want to like him, but I couldn’t resist
- Best mythology-based YA I’ve read so far
Though I’ve had my eye on this book for quite some time, I never set my expectations too high when I started to read this one. I found myself increasingly disappointed by the selection of mythology-based YA novels out on the market, so I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy OH. MY. GODS. I find myself always comparing mythology-based books to Percy Jackson. While it is a hard act to follow, I have hope that there will be a novel in the YA market that will match its brilliance. While OH. MY. GODS. did not surpass my love of Rick Riordan’s series, I ended up enjoying the book very much.
I read this book in one sitting. Childs just sucked me into Phoebe’s story. I found that the “one more chapter” rule to be ineffective. The overall plot seems pretty simple: Phoebe’s life is turned upside down when her mother marries a Greek guy she barely knows and is forced to move from California to Greece. All Phoebe wants to do is graduate as quickly as possible so she can go back to California and attend her dream college: USC. The only problem is: when she gets to Greece she finds out that the students and teachers – including her new stepdad – at her new high school are all descendants of Greek gods.
OH. MY. GODS. was a really fun light read. I had the impression that this book would be uproariously funny. It was amusing, but I never found myself actually laughing out loud. This isn’t a complaint at all, but I thought it should be noted. Furthermore, the big reveal in the end turned out to be something I saw coming but the whole novel was just so much fun, I couldn’t be bothered by getting annoyed at the fact that I guessed the ending. In fact, I was more than happy with how the book ended because I just know that the second book will be even more fun than the first!
There is a tad bit of romance in this book. There could easily have been a messy (groan) love triangle but Childs did not go in that direction! To be honest, I thought that the love interest was a big jerk and I hoped that Phoebe wouldn’t fall for him. However, exactly like the main character, he managed to chip away the ice around my heart. He’s pretty charming and his secret sealed the deal for me.
So far, this is the best mythology-based YA novel that I have read. I am very much looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel, as well as reading more books by Childs.