Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Review: Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman

Title: Where She Went (If I Stay #2)
Author: Gayle Forman
Published: 26 April 2012
Publisher: Random House UK
Source: Book Depository
Reviewed: Sapphired Dragon
Rating: ***** 

My Review:

The first Gayle Forman book I ever read was If I Stay and to my astonishment was suddenly at the top of my list for one the best reads of 2015. So whilst I was eagerly looking forward to reading Where She Went, and even though it may have been mentioned the this second book *might possibly be better*, I didn't actually think anything could top If I Stay

I could not have been any more wrong! Where She Went was sheer...and utter... perfection! And I don't use that phrase lightly, or, well, ever. But I need to for this book.

Set three years after the events of If I Stay, this story is seen through the eyes of Adam Wilde, Mia's now ex-boyfriend. In the last three years, he has gained the fame and recognition that he always thought he wanted but the accident that wiped out Mia's family has had lasting effects on a lot of people including Adam is not happy despite the fame and fortune and he hasn't seen or heard from Mia in almost as long.

Then he find himself in New York, alone, outside the concert hall where Mia is due to play that night...

Told in the same alternate flashback and present style of If I stay, the reader cannot help but be invested in the story right from the beginning as the writing brings back all the emotions of the first story and then multiplies by infinity.

There is just something about Gayle Forman's style of writing that really puts the reader in to the characters head so we cannot help but feel everything they are feeling as they move through this story.

And the story itself is exquisitely told and is everything I wanted it to be.

This story is all about the feels and I dare you to read this novel and not feel anything.

I loved absolutely everything about this novel and have no hesitation in giving it 5 stars!!

Sapphired Dragon xx

About The Book:

Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman

The stunning sequel to Gayle Forman's international best seller, If I Stay - Now a major film starring Chloe Grace Moretz. If you had a second chance at first love ...would you take it? It's been three years since Adam's love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it ...and three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever. Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard'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, powerful 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.

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