Where She Went by Gayle Forman is a sequel to the bestseller and heart-stopping, If I Stay. Throughout the story, Mia and Adam explore the three years after their breakup following Mia’s tragic accident. Told from Adam’s perspective, we learn more of his life’s struggles with substance abuse as well as both of their successes in the music industry. Moving forward versus moving on is a topic Forman is not afraid to embrace.
Library confession: Originally I thought that both of these titles lacked teen appeal until If I Stay hit theaters. Soon after, teenage library patrons flooded in asking for copies of Forman’s titles. Although fairly slow-paced, Where She Went strums heartstrings for its love story and characters who have overcome pretty harsh odds. For teens, I appreciate Mia’s goal-oriented attitude and her ability to persevere over the loss of her parents; you can survive. As we learned from If I Stay, grief almost destroyed Mia’s soul more than the accident. I also applaud Mia as a strong female lead and role model.
Teens in high school and college may relate to this more mature storyline. The fun, free-loving flashbacks are delicately intertwined with both Mia’s and Adam’s determination to forgive and love each other. Where She Went is a sweet, romantic read that is now widely popular among the young adult community.
Where She Went by Gayle Forman (Speak, Reprint Edition, 2012)
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