Series: If I Stay #2
Published by Penguin on 2011-04-05
Genres: Young Adult
The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed If I Stay Picking up several years after the dramatic conclusion of If I Stay, Where She Went continues the story of Adam and Mia, from Adam's point of view. Ever since Mia's decision to stay - but not with him - Adam's career has been on a wonderful trajectory. His album, borne from the anguish and pain of their breakup, has made him a bona fide star. And Mia herself has become a top-rate cellist, playing in some of the finest venues in the world. When their respective paths put them both in New York City at the same time, the result is a single night in which the two reunite - with wholly satisfying results. And don't miss Gayle's newest novel, JUST ONE DAY and the forthcoming companion, JUST ONE YEAR.
I read If I Stay back in 2011. Honestly, it was long enough ago that I don’t even remember how I heard of it since it was pre-blogging and before I had even heard of Goodreads. However, I read it, and I liked it a lot, and then I moved on. It never occurred to me that it would have a sequel. I think it was 2012 when I finally found out about the sequel, but at that point, I barely remembered If I Stay. Anyway, long story short, I procrastinated on reading Where She Went. However, with the movie coming out this month, If I Stay was back in my mind (and I got some Amazon gift cards for my birthday), so I decided it was finally time to read Where She Went.
I’ve got to tell you that Where She Went was really hard for me to read. Adam narrates this one, but it’s three years after the events of If I Stay, and he and Mia have broken up, and to say he isn’t happy about it is an understatement. Adam is miserable in his life, and he just is so completely different from the Adam in If I Stay. A lot of the time, he’s actually really angry and a complete jerk. It made it hard to read sometimes. However, there was enough going on that had me with several questions that I needed answers to, so I also couldn’t put it down.
I was really interested with how the story played out. There were parts that I wasn’t expecting, and parts where I wanted to scream at Adam to get over himself and get the story moving along faster! Though Adam frustrated me greatly, I really did enjoy the book. There were several times toward the end that I wasn’t sure what direction it was going to go, and I was getting frustrated. I will say that I was very happy with the ending. I am definitely glad I read this one and would recommend it to fans of If I Stay with the disclaimer that Adam isn’t very likable for a lot of the book, and that may take some getting used to.