Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Release Date: April 5th, 2011
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.
Dear Gayle Forman,
It seems that hype will and has been, and will be the doom of our relationship. My high expectations again and again are never met, although that doesn’t mean I dislike your books. They’re great. You’re great. It’s great that everyone loves you.
But me? I’m sorry. I can’t declare myself a fan.
I was blown away by the fact that you managed to make me love Adam. He’s a flat out jerk, really, impulsive, rude, and a tad selfish. But you bring his honest thoughts to the forefront, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with this clearly broken-hearted guy. I must admit, I was doubtful, but you managed to pull it off. How, I don’t think I’ll ever know.
But then, here’s the thing. I’ve gotten comments upon comments, Tweets upon Tweets telling me that people loved this book to pieces and how emotional it was, and how they bawled their eyes out.
I didn’t feel that way.
Sure, there were some moments that truly touched me in this book. When I sat down with this book, I was ready for the tears, even brought along a tissue box. And yes, there were those moments were I felt something may have reached down into me. I even almost grabbed a tissue. That’s it, though. Moments. I couldn’t fully experience everything, because I felt as if it was subdued. The emotion, for me, was just lacking. Maybe because it was the back and forth of the flashbacks and real life. Maybe it was because I had some issues connecting to Mia. I just simply don’t know.
I’m so, so sorry Ms. Forman. I wish I cried more in books, or that I could always successfully lower my expectations, but I’m only human. And so are you. I respect you and your writing, but somehow, I know that we can never truly click. Maybe one day, maybe one year, if I stay with your books, I’ll find out what the hype is. But for now, I can only say Where She Went was good, but most definitely not great.
A Loving and Truly Apologetic Reader
(Fact: This was supposed to be a mini-review. Clearly, I have problems with those.)