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Where She Went

Where She Went

Book Report Made By: Skylar Schottie

Letting go. Everyone talks about it like it's the easiest thing. Unfurl your fingers one by one until your hand is open. ~ Adam Wilde, Gayle Forman

By: Gayle Forman

It's been three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life and he has spent them wondering why. Then their paths cross again one night when Adam is alone in New York City. Now they are brought back together as they explore Mia's new home town for a life-changing night.Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that he has been wondering about. But will a few hours be enough to lay their past to rest and have a second chance at first love? When she does finally relinquish her reasons, everything comes crashing down around Adam and he has to face some truths he has tried to forget.

It picks up three years after Mia awoke from her coma in If I Stay and, unlike If I Stay, Where She Went is entirely from Adam's perspective.Adam just wants to be left alone. His love of music is dwindling and he does no know how to manage. He turns to the aid of prescription drugs and cigarettes. He loses connection to everyone around him, including the band.

Where She Went picks up three years after the events of the first book, If I Stay. Where the main characters Mia and Adam have already gone their separate ways. She in Juliard and him with his band. I would say the book is a character driven book with around 60% of this book consists of flashbacks, filling in the gap between two novels.In the beginning, Adam is interviewed by a woman who brings up Bryn, his current girlfriend and Mia, his past girlfriend. Bryn and Mia are both off limits to the press, but the reporter is dedicated to finding out what happened with Shooting Star and specifically, Adam when he disappeared off the map. Adam blows up at her and crushes her tape.

It was nice to see Mia from Adam’s perspective. Mia has changed since the last time Adam saw her. She’s more formal, she talks on the phone while with other people and she is more confident. I like that she still had some of the same aspects from if I Stay. She loved music, her family and she enjoyed the laid-back places in New York. She appreciated New York for reasons other than the usual ones like the food, culture, etc. There are several scenes in Where She Went involving Mia that I really love. One is when she takes Adam on her New York Easter hunt and shows him all of her favorite places.

Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of a rekindled romance.

The biggest plot of the story is Adam and Mia reconnecting. Due to their past events, they begin by only talking about where they’re at in their lives now. I enjoyed seeing the story alternate between the current events and the past events. It was interesting to see Adam look back on the time before Mia left to see all the signs he missed. The main plot is about Mia and Adam reconnecting after Adam attends one of Mia’s symphonies.

There were several things in Where She Went that I liked reading. I liked t the comparisons of Adam’s playing and Mia’s playing. I liked Mia and Kim’s conversation about the difference between guys and men. I liked Adam explaining his old feelings about Mia and how that affected him with the band. For a while he was upset and didn’t want to play anymore.

Where She Went was a great romantic book. While it’s not as emotional wrecking as If I Stay, there is still tons of emotional moments. I loved the relationship build up for Mia and Adam. I liked seeing how both characters changed in this book

I thought Adam’s pain was well portrayed as we see him dealing with the promise, its effect and arguing with himself about how he made this happen. Something great in Where She Went is how Adam knows he still loves Mia, but he told her she didn’t have to stay with him in If I Stay.

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