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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780147515025
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Series: If I Stay Series
  • Sales rank: 5,640
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day and Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.

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  • Posted August 9, 2014

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    Source: Borrowed from the library I belong to the Penguin Lo

    Source: Borrowed from the library

    I belong to the Penguin Loves YA group over at Goodreads and for July the book pick was the dualogy 
    If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman.  There is a movie coming out (August 22) and so I wanted to read the series before the movie came out.  I borrowed it and began reading without delving into the synopsis.  

    From the first sentence, I was in the grips of this book.  I did not want to put it down.  I'm sure that I did for brief moments to switch the laundry or make dinner but it was a page turner.  Not in the traditional, who-dun-it mystery sense.  No...Forman created a quirky, wonderful family that in just a matter of pages you fell in love with.  

    Then Forman destroys it.

    And as a reader, I felt like I was there. The shock and the horror and the sorrow were genuine emotions that consumed me.  I read quite a bit and enjoy most of what I read.  This is a book that I enjoyed not because it was full of feel-good, happy-ever-after bliss.  No, it was because Forman expertly captured human emotion.  At the beginning, I thought the book would be whether Mia would choose to go to New York and pursue her education at Julliard or stay closer to her boyfriend Adam.  It wasn't as simple as that.  

    And of course, Mia chooses to stay -- but it is not clear at the end if she chose to stay with Adam or not.  So I began the second book thinking it was going to pick up very shortly after the first.  I was wrong - but happy to be.  Where She Went is told from Adam's perspective and takes place three years later.  It shows how Adam has suffered because while Mia chose to stay, she didn't stay with him.  Just like the first book, this book was emotionally gripping.  It also focuses on a very brief span of time; the latter portion of the book explores one night where Mia and Adam reunite. Forman again shows her skill as an author by showing the healing that Mia has been experienced during the past three years as well as Adam's acceptance of what he hasn't been able to deal with in the same time frame. 

    I am so glad that these books crossed my radar. They are incredibly well done and are on my best of list for the year.  I am not sure if I am looking forward to the movie or not.  I haven't watched the trailer or anything because I just don't want to spoil the effect of reading the book.  For readers, movies rarely are as good as the book and I admit that I am not sure how the movie could even come close.  

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014

    This book could have been a classic, on the level of something l

    This book could have been a classic, on the level of something like Tuck Everlasting for the next age range up. It could have been that book every pre teen and teen had to read for generations to come, a sweet story about Love, Life, & Death but the author went the direction of ghetto white trash instead. My eleven year old is an advance reader, I try to pre read as many as the books that I can, I’m glad I read this one first. Can’t tell you how many F bombs and other language is in this book, the sad part is the book would have been leaps and bounds better without it. The editors should have been a lot smarter about it , would have opened up the range of readers to a broader audience. There were two other elements I didn’t appreciate as a parent either. Just for the heck of it because it wasn’t needed for this story she throws in comments about abortion, like it’s some natural thing married people consider when the get pregnant. Not needed for this story. Later in the story she also mentions Planned parenthood. Once again not needed for this story. Would I recommend you read it? Older teen which I guess is who the author was targeting maybe but not without discussion with parent ahead of time. It just seems like a waste of a good story. I would advise the publisher to have it re-edited and re-released.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    Love the series!!! This is the one-day-reader type of book!

    Love the series!!! This is the one-day-reader type of book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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