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Overview

Unabridged, 5 CDs, 6 hours

The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller If I Stay.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"I know it's really cheesy—crass even—to compare my being dumped to the accident that killed Mia's family, but I can't help it. Because for me, at any rate, the aftermath felt exactly the same." Forman follows up her bestselling If I Stay with a story that is equally if not more powerful, set three years after the previous book and told from the perspective of Mia's former boyfriend, Adam. Mia and Adam haven't seen each other since she left for Juilliard, deserting him just months after emerging from her coma. Adam's anguish found an outlet in songwriting, and the resulting album, Collateral Damage, has become a sensation, turning Adam and his band into bona fide rock stars, though he's barely keeping it together. Mia's career as a cellist is taking off as well, and a chance meeting in New York City gives Mia and Adam the opportunity to exorcise the ghosts of their past. Having spent If I Stay in Mia's head, readers are, like Adam, thrust into a state of unknowing regarding Mia's thoughts and motivations. It's an extremely effective device, and one that makes this reunion all the more heartrending. Ages 14–up. (Apr.)
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Gr 9 Up—Three years after the tragic accident that killed the family of his former girlfriend, Mia Hall, the now-famous rock star Adam Wilde finds himself at New York City's Carnegie Hall for Mia's breakout cello concert. Convinced that merely hearing her play will be enough to satisfy his curiosity, Adam hides in the audience but is stunned when she asks him to come backstage after the show. Their awkward reunion sparks a night of painful reminiscing, heartbreaking closure, and hopeful discoveries. Using the voice of Adam, Forman continues the gripping narrative started in If I Stay (Dutton, 2009). After months of rehab from the car accident, Mia leaves Oregon for the east coast to attend the prestigious Juilliard School. Adam remains on the west coast to pursue his own rising musical career as the lead in his band. Mysteriously Mia cuts off all contact with him. Simultaneously freed and abandoned, Adam plunges into a depression, which also fuels the writing that launches his band to stardom. This novel is best suited to readers familiar with the first book. However, Forman convincingly establishes the relationship with flashbacks and Adam's current angst. Though not as poignant as its predecessor, this book has compelling characters and a romance so deliciously fated that readers will be willing to suspend believability and embrace the growing mood of a fairy tale. Fans of the exceptional first novel won't be able to put this one down.—Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD
Kirkus Reviews

In this compelling sequel toIf I Stay(2009),Forman fast forwards three years in the lives of Mia and Adam, two budding musicians. They had been lovers, bound by an intimate and painful past that included the accidental death of Mia's family in an automobile accident. Whereas the prior title focused on Mia and her decision to remain alive as her body lay in a hospital between life and death, this book focuses on Adam, now an angst-ridden rock star. This installment reintroduces the pair as virtual strangers who have not interacted since Mia left for college three years prior and cut off communication with Adam. Unsurprisingly the power of music reunites the couple in a chance meeting at Carnegie Hall, where Mia, now a world-renowned cellist, takes center stage. Their reunion sets off a fast-paced, one-night tour of New York City, who in which Mia introduces Adam to her favorite haunts and new reality. Throughout the night, they both struggle to make sense of their feelings and to find closure, all revealed in Adam's agonized present-tense narration. Although their story is compressed into 24 hours, both characters spring to life, and their pain-filled back story and current realities provide depth and will hold readers fast.(Fiction. YA)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142428252
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Pages: 5
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, The Nation, and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

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    A must read!

    I cried. My heart broke and came back together again. I loved reading every single word of this book. There is so much emotions and unspoken regrets that punches you in the stomach. The story is captivating from the very beginning, never letting you go.

    Adam and Mia are both great characters with much history and love. The story was great as it was being told from Adam's point of view. I loved getting inside his heart and his head. I loved watching Mia as she is now. So much has happened in the past few years that to be able to see it all come together was genius.

    What else can I say that hasn't already been said? This book is simply divine all the way through. If you have not picked up this book you should. It will break you heart like no other book has before, but if will also leave you smiling.

    Ms. Forman wrote an unforgettable, undeniably, perfect book. It was perfect. The writing, the plot, and both amazing characters had my eyes running with tears and a heart yearning for love.

    There was some minor cursing and a sex scene (vague).

    29 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    Excellent Read

    I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.

    28 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

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    Hauntingly Beautiful Lovestory

    Writing this review is even harder then writing the review for If I Stay, which took me over a month to write.

    Rather then picking up directly where If I Stay left off, Where She Went picks up three years later and this time it is Adam who guides us from his spot in stardom with his band, Shooting Star. Adam was almost unrecognizable at first but that laid the wood work for the emotional roller coaster that was this not-even-sad book. I mean, really, how does one cry when the book isn't really that sad.

    Who knew the stepping stones for Where She Went were not only Mia's accident and Adam and Mia's mutual love for music, even if from different spectrums, but Adam's promise,
    "If you stay, I'll do whatever you want. I'll quit the band; go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I'll do that too. .. And that would suck, but I'll do it. I can lose you like that, if I don't lose you today. I'll let you go. If you stay."

    At the risk of sounding extremely vague Mia's character was nothing compared to the complexity of Adam's. The weight of his voice, his emotions, and the way that one promise paved the path for what was his life, all contributed to this extremely raw and emotional read. Even being from Adam's point-of-view, through his eyes I was still able to see the emotions of others, for as off track as Adam was painted in his story I was still able to pick through his eyes and piece together the emotions that mattered.

    Gayle Forman truly is brilliant with If I Stay and now Where She Went. She give us two books that formed one extremely moving, thorough, story. With having had both Mia and Adam's points of views I was able to see all sides of these characters, piecing together the story of their lives and the weight of their love and how it affected them. Gayle concluded Where She Went beautifully, as well as the story of Mia and Adam. Even if it wasn't straight out of a fairy tale.

    Cover: 5
    Characters: 5
    Plot: 5
    Re-Readable: YES!
    Overall: 5+

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    Best sequel

    most sequels kinda suck. But this! This is pure awesomeness!! Gayle Forman is excellent at describing their emotions! This book has such depth and is truely heart felt!!

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2011

    Awesome book

    I read this book in one day! it was amazing. the only thing i didn't like was how often the flashbacks were. i mean every other chapter! but other than that the book would have been 5 stars.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

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    I thought the ending was perfect for If I Stay. I wasn't itching for a sequel, in fact the thought never crossed my mind. But, I learned that there would be one shortly after finishing it, and told from Adam's point of view no less!

    I was sucked in to the story right from the start. I really enjoyed Adam's voice and the style of the story is no different from If I Stay. I love catching up with characters you've come to really enjoy. But, its not long before we learn that the 3 years since the events in If I Stay have not been kind to Adam. He's on edge and having a hard time coping with all the events that have left a superstar. You can really feel his struggle and I completely understood how he ended up at Mia's concert. I really loved his internal dialogue the entire evening he spends with Mia. I felt him come to terms with everything that happened since the accident.

    I was actually most surprised by Mia herself. I didn't expect her character to put so much distance between herself and her past. She hasn't even been back to Oregon once since she left for Julliard. I was afraid that she had completely cut everyone out of her life, but we learn that's not the case. It's just Adam that she left. It turns out that Mia had to come to terms with a lot of things that concerned Adam.

    The heartbreaking part of the story was watching both of the emotions come to head. They both feel so much. While Adam wears it on his sleeve (and the music gives it to everyone), you can tell Mia has been bottling it up for 3 years. I really loved watching them both hash it all and realize that they still really do love each other. There was a particularly touching moment involving Adam's guitar!

    I ended up loving this book way more than I thought possible. Almost a 5 butterfly, but there were times that Adam's character was a little too whiny for me. Not being able to let go and move on is a trait you tend to see in girls after devastating breakups, and it was a bit much at times to have it be the guy instead.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    First one was GREAT, couldn't put it down!

    I read the first book and can't wait to read this one...I am a little PO'ed that Adam and Mia broke up though.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

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    Perfect sequel...

    I have really been looking forward to reading Where She Went. I had read, and loved, If I Stay earlier this year. I was a little worried when I started reading the book, because so many people have raved over it, and I was afraid I would be disappointed. I wasn¿t disappointed at all, it was awesome.
    The story is told from Adam¿s point of view this time. I¿ve loved Adam since I read If I Stay, but in this book he¿s turned into this huge mess of a broken man. Sometimes he was a bit much to take, even though I know he was this way because he was so heartbroken over Mia. He really, really loved her. Mia was great in the book as well. It was really different seeing her from Adam¿s point of view. I expected her to be broken as well, considering what all she had been through in the previous book. I actually expected a little more emotion from her, but she seemed to be at terms with all that had happened.

    I liked the alternating viewpoints of the past and present. It definitely made the book more intense because I wanted to know what was going to happen next, but then I¿d have to read about something related that had happened in the past. The writing was beautiful, just as the previous book was. The plot was engrossing and quick paced. I had the book finished in one sitting. The ending of the book was absolutely perfect. I also liked the lyrics at the beginnings of some of the chapters as well, and I found myself wishing that it was from a real music CD. I would totally buy it!

    Overall, I loved this book. It is definitely the perfect sequel to If I Stay. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it as well!

    Happy Reading!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka Readingjunky for TeensReadToo

    About three years ago, Mia and Adam went their separate ways - Mia off to Julliard and Adam off to live the life of a rock star. Adam is about to start a European tour with Shooting Star. Since heading off on his own, he has attempted to push aside the emotions he still feels for Mia. Doing so has created a whole new set of problems. Adam is becoming cut off from his fellow band members, and the resulting pressure is becoming more than he can take. His days are filled with annoying interviews, meetings, and rehearsals that he only manages to get through with the help of prescription drugs and cigarettes. His equally famous girlfriend constantly berates him about living with a ghost from his past. In New York City for a brief interview before leaving for the tour, Adam has an angry outburst due to questions from a nosy interviewer. Knowing he won't be popular, he takes off, avoiding his flight and, hopefully, the anger of his manager. His thoughts are filled with Mia, and when he stumbles across her name on the marquee for a Youth Concert series, he asks if any tickets remain. Fate intervenes and he finds himself sitting in the concert hall watching her perform. After the concert he plans to slink back to his hotel and attempt to make up for his earlier bad behavior by contacting his manager. But on his way out of the concert hall, Adam is approached by an usher, asking him to follow him to Mia's dressing room. What follows is a twenty-four-hour period of emotional ups and downs as both Adam and Mia confront the demons surrounding their complicated relationship. Adam relives the terrible months of watching Mia struggle to recover from the accident that killed her parents and her little brother. He knows he is the reason why Mia left. He had prayed for her recovery and promised he would let her go if that was what she wanted. For three lonely years, he has lived with the fact that that must have been her desire. Can Adam and Mia forgive each other and themselves before each must leave to fulfill separate responsibilities on opposite sides of the world? Author Gayle Forman takes readers back into the lives of Mia and Adam in her sequel to IF I STAY. With the focus more on Adam and his heartbreak both during and after Mia's family tragedy, Forman broadens the heartbreaking story in an emotional yet realistic direction. She explores the impact of death and separation as two people strive to overcome pain and connect with futures that satisfy them both.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

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    there's a sequel???

    Oh my BOB!!! I read If I Stay for my summer reading and I fell in love with it. It was my favorite teen book regarding life, death, love, and forgiveness. Now, I wonder what this book, Where She Went, is going to cover? They say it's Adam's perspective of her and everything but what is he feeling with her accident and how much she loves him? Man, I really want to read it.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Moved me to tears!

    I loved "If I Stay" by Gayle Forman. It was one of those couldn’t-stay-away-had-to-keep-reading types. Now "Where She Went," was an entirely different but exhilarating experience. Not only could I not stop reading but I laughed, I cried like a baby and it actually elicited a physical response of chills down my spine. It was remarkable. It was unquestionably brilliant. It kept me guessing throughout the entirety of the book. If you wanted Adam and Mia to be real, this book makes it so. Bravo Mrs.Forman, I am now and forever your fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    All I can say is wow!

    Let me start by saying that I was hesitant to read this book. I had a hard time reading the first book in the series, If I Stay. While the idea behind the book was good, the actual writing was disappointing. From the summary I read, I was expecting a love story. Instead, I got a story about a girl who watches her family die from outside her body. I felt like Adam didn't make a big enough appearence in the book and the end of the book kind of just cut off. Also, as a reader, I had a hard time connecting with Mia. She seemed to have little emotions. So, you can see why I was hesitant to read the sequel, Where She Went. Let me just say I was very surprised.First off, the book takes place three years after the whole car accident. It does confirm that*SPOILER ALERT* Mia's mom, dad, and brother died in the accident. Anyway, Mia has left Oregon for New York where she is attending Julliard. Adam's band, Shooting Star, has become super famous. Adam has turned into a rockstar. But, he is unhappy with his life. He misses Mia and wants to know why she ended their relationship so suddenly. His band hates him for getting all the fame and glory. He has a girlfriend he dosen't even like. Basically, his life is a mess. Then, Adam and Mia unexpectedly meet at Carnegie Hall. I won't reveal anymore than that. But, I must add that one of best things about book is that it is told from Adam's point of view. You get to learn how he is feeing. WARNING: It kinda makes you fall in love with Adam lol. Anyway, this book is totally amazimg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the kind of book that sticks with you after you read it. I promise you this will be one of the best books you ever read :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Did not fulfill expectations

    I had a few issues with this book. First of all, you had to understand the characters from the first book, If I Stay. This usually does not bother me as I prefer to start series' from the beginning. My problem is that the stories didn't really go together. My second problem is, after reading the first book I went looking for a second one, even though I felt a sense of closure. Again, this would not have been an issue if it was as well written and as emotional as the first book. My Final issue is that I feel the author didn't really put as much effort into this as she did in the first.
    I loved the first book! After reading this one, I think I liked the first book less. Nevertheless, separately, they are both really good stories I am mostly disappointed because I expected it to be as wonderful as the first.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    A great love story.

    I read If I Stay and fell in kove with the story and characters. When I realized there was a sequel, I was reluctant to rrad it, worried it would ruin my memory of the first book. I must say, though, that I truly enjoyed this book. However, I do recommend reading If I Stay first.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Dont get the sample..too short

    The sample of this book is waayy too short..atleast at the back of 'if i stay' had the full first chapter as a preview for this book

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Amazing eneding

    Amazing ending even if you want to stop reading make your self read
    Beautiful and heart reanching/warming book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Great ending

    This book angered me at first but there is a twist at the end that makes it all worth it. Great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Amazing

    I love everything abiut this story. It is simply fantastic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Amaxing

    Omg this book is one of the best! It is full of heartbreak and mending back together. This book is as beautifully written as the first was. You are completley missing out if you do not read this. The characters will capture your heart and grow more and more on you as you read on. Loved it!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

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    QUESTION

    is there a third book of this soo called series.????

    1 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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