Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Review: Where She Went by Gayle Foreman

Hardcover, 264 pages

Released: April 5, 2011

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

ISBN13: 9780525422945
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.

My Rating: 5 /5

My Thoughts:

This is Adam's story, three years after Mia left. He is now dating a hot celebrity and living his dream as a rockstar but it is clear as day that the wound Mia left has not healed. By chance Adam is in town the night Mia is headlining at Carnegie Hall, he buys a ticket, sits at back and listens. After the show, Mia sends an usher to invite Adam backstage. Adam has so many questions for Mia. Will he finally get the closure he needs?

I must admit I was nervous for this followup as If I Stay was such a powerful read, how could you top that? I love that is was told from Adam's perspective, revealing that an alternate view of what happened three years ago. I knew Where She Went hit me just as hard when I began convincing myself that I'd be OK with Mia and Adam reuniting OR going their separate ways, I was that emotionally invested in this story.

This was one of my favorite quotes of Adam "Mia's smile is melting chocolate. It's a kick-ass guitar solo. It's everything good in this world". (Page 239 of ARC) Can we clone this guy, true love or what?

Be prepare with Kleenex as once again Gayle Foreman shows us what love can do. With music, love and a rockstar with a big heart, Where She Went is full of win!


  1. Gayle is the comtemp queen! Don't you just love Adam? he shows so much vulnerability and raw emotions. I was so sad when Mia told him she hated him for making her stay. that was definitely a kleenex moment for me. Sad to see Gayle close the chapter on these extraordinary characters that are so close to my heart*sniff*

  2. Great review! This sounds like an amazing book, and I love that it's told from a guy's point of view. Going to need to read both of them now!

  3. I totally agree with you. If it weren't for a darn power outtage, I would've had this book done in a single night!