Title: Where She Went
Author: Gayle Forman
Genre: YA contemporary
Length: 264 pages
Published by: Dutton
Source: borrowed from school library
It’s been three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life.
And three years he’s spent wondering why.
When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.
Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good – or can you really have a second chance at first love?
This was a really quick read for me. I read it in a day and a bit (it’s quite short) but it’s been really hard to decide what I’m going to rate it. First of all, I didn’t like that Adam was the narrator for this one. He came across as really angsty and whiny – I mean, Mia’s whole family died in a car crash and he’s comparing his fame troubles to that??? Like, no, Adam. Sorry. I don’t care how much paparazzi people suck, you cannot make that comparison.
So yeah, I would have preferred Mia as a narrator. She’s much nicer. However, I do like Gayle Forman’s writing style. It’s simple, it’s beautiful, it’s detailed without being bogged down in description. I would have liked a touch of the supernatural, like in the previous book – I felt that it was such a nice added twist that gave it a lot of depth and originality.
There was also a lot of unnecessary stuff here. I got a bit distracted by other things occasionally.
I mean, there just wasn’t a huge LINK to the first book. Adam’s musical career did nothing to advance…well, anything really. That said, I did love the song lyrics at the start of each chapter. But Adam’s whinings made this less than what it could have been. We didn’t even see Mia for quite a while into the book.
Now that I think more on it, I liked this book, but I think the first stood better as a standalone.
That doesn’t mean it’s bad. In fact, there were some parts I loved. But it was missing something. Maybe it was missing the warmth of the first book. Maybe the recounts of Adam’s life were kind of boring. Maybe the narrating wasn’t as good. Maybe the premise wasn’t exciting.
But I still recommend it, because I can see why so many people love it.
Rating: 3.5/5 Wonderkitties