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Where She Went (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Where She Went (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Gayle Forman, BookSource Staff (Compiler)

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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


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.

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.)
School Library Journal
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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Turtleback Books
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If I Stay Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
HL800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Gayle Forman is a self-described "perpetual teenager" and an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children.

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BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
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).
A_Readers_Record More than 1 year ago
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+
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
arianna swinson More than 1 year ago
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!!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I Stay was a great emotional and thought-provoking read. And because I was late jumping on the reading bandwagon (I didn't read that book until late last year), lucky for me I didn't have too long to wait for the answers that are found in Where She Went. If I Stay was first published in January of 2009, so some people have been waiting over 2 years for closure. Well wait no more, the time has finally come! Today is release day for Where She Went.Adam's story was just so, so bitter. Throughout the book I felt that exactly like him, I was filled with pain and resentment towards Mia's decisions. The eventual release of all the pent-up anger (accompanied my uncontrollable sobs) was, I believe, as cathartic for me as it was for Adam. This book was a fantastic study of grief, loss and forgiveness. Beautifully, beautifully written. This book can be read without having read If I Stay as the author infuses just enough of Mia's story to make book readable on its own. However, readers will be missing out on something simply incredible if they do not read both books. I recommend this read.    
pagese More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Rosalie14 More than 1 year ago
Where She Went is a sequel to If I stay by Gayle Forman. When I read If I Stay I was extremely on edge preparing for the sequel, but reading the sequel, it wasn't exactly the ending that I was expecting. I don't really think that Where She Went was as good as If I stay because Where She Went was just about how Adam was making tough decisions about whether he should keep having one night stands with groupies, date the movie star Bryn, or get back together with his highschool sweetheart Mia. In the beginning of the book it explains that Adam didn't ever really know why Mia just dumped him and moved away to attend Juilliard after she said she would stay with him; She did this because she was tired of getting sympathetic looks from everyone after her reconstruction and leg surgery from being the lone survivor of the car crash that killed her two parents and her little brother. Where She Went didn't really catch my heart like If I Stay did. This book was told from Adam's point of view so it was a totally different experience, I think that Mia's point of view was a lot more interesting.  I would recommend this book to anyone that just graduated from highschool or is going through some relationship difficulties. I don't think I would re read this book if given the chance, it didn't exactly catch my attention. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and I had all my questions answered! I've very happy with how the Adam & Mia story played out & I read this literally in a day I could not put it down. If I Stay had me in tears and holding on to every word. Most of the time I am hesitant on reading the second book in a two-book series because they flat out suck. Where She Went exceeded my expectations! This is the best series I've read and both books had me in tears!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing ending even if you want to stop reading make your self read Beautiful and heart reanching/warming book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love everything abiut this story. It is simply fantastic.
Books_Are_Magic More than 1 year ago
I finished the book at 3am today literally read it in a day!! I could not stop crying my book is pretty much ruined by all my tears. I only thing was the switching back and forth but still loved it in the first book.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So intense didnt want to put it down
Berls More than 1 year ago
My Initial Reaction... I enjoyed Where She Went even more than If I Stay! The change in POV worked really well - even though it surprised me - and I ended up thankful for it. Note: This review could spoil If I Stay for you if you haven't read it. The Narration... With the change of POV they changed the narrator - which made sense since our voice is now Adam. Dan Bittner died a really good job and somehow it didn't bother me at all having new voices for the characters. The music integrated into Where She Went didn't work quite as well as If I Stay, but it still never felt awkward or dumb. The Good... Where If I Stay felt like a story about family and incredible loss, Where She Went was about picking up the pieces - and what I loved is that it focuses on Adam, rather than Mia. There's a line in Where She Went that I can't quote verbatim, but it's about how loss is a competition in a way - and Mia won (in that she lost the most), because it was her family. But Adam felt the loss too and, as the loser, he had to pick up the pieces on his own. So I loved this angle and the decision to change perspectives. I also liked the decision to move forward in time a few years. It made the emotion about Adam and Mia as a couple work better than if we were just after the accident, where the loss of her parents and little brother would have been the dominant emotions. Now, Mia's life has moved forward and while that loss still matters (always will), their relationship and emotions about that loss/potential is what's at the fore. The Bad... I was just a wee-bit frustrated with the beating around the bush. When there's an elephant in the room, just how long can you ignore it? Mia and Adam definitely pushed that time limit. Not enough to make me bored, but enough to make me yell at them a bit! Concluding Sentiments... I really recommended reading/listening to these two stories - If I Stay and Where She Went are very quick reads and yet both carry quite the emotional kick!
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
Wow, this second book was so intense!    My first thought was such disappointment and so much relating to Adam's depression and his change in attitude toward the music.   And I thought, huh?   Not sure I like this at all.   But then, I came to chapter 16 and Forman started to deal with the real nit and grit of the story.    And my uh-huh moment was born.     Now I began to understand why these kids had gone their separate ways and how they each played a part in their separation and each was responsible in part for their own heartache.   And just when I thought they were at the final breaking point, the author began to mend the rift between these two vulnerable characters.   And my heart continued to beat. Just who am I to question an author's judgement?   My faith was reaffirmed in the two characters, Mia Hall and Adam Wilde and I will read more of Gayle Forman without so much doubt in my head.   So darned intense, I could barely breathe in places!  
BobWard More than 1 year ago
Very different from the first (If I Stay,) so I can't really compare, but it is as good, some say better -- both are 10's! I hope they make this into a film, it would be very visual!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING !!!! NEEDS to mske a second movie
samieOH More than 1 year ago
Gayle Forman is a great author and I was amazing book! Once I started reading I couldn't put it down!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author said shes going to make a movie but thts it theres not gonna be another book or movie becasue she thinks she left it were it needed to b lefted!!!
Polly123 More than 1 year ago
The first book “If I Stay” was at least interesting. although I think it should be reedited. “Where She Went” was uninteresting and the author knew it, so she randomly throw in F Bombs to wake her reader up. The story didn’t really begin till you got to around the last 100 pages and quite frankly could have been summed up in less than one chapter. Mia tells Adam she heard his promise when he was at her hospital bed. There now you know everything that happened in this book in one sentence. I recommend you don’t waste your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book!! Adam is awesome!!! Can not wait to see the movie!!!
Erica_L More than 1 year ago
An AMAZING read! After reading "If I Stay" I was skeptical on whether I should read the sequel because I was content on how the first book ended. However, after finishing this book, I realized that reading only the first book is like watching 1/2 of a movie; you don't get the full story.  This book offered the complete story between what happened with Mia and Adam by giving Adam's point of view.  Forman was incredible in writing this sequel. She takes you on a trip with Mia and Adam for one night and gives a story that pulls on your heartstrings. Forman opens up to how Adam has been coping with his rising fame in his band "Shooting Star" and the loss of Mia, and on the flip-side, also lets you in on how Mia has been managing since her incident. Though this information seems somewhat unnecessary in the overall story line, it actually plays a huge role in the relationship between Mia and Adam. I'm usually a reader that prefers more action in books. This book is more subtle though, but still has some "meat" to it. Not to mention that I bought this book and read it all within a few hours. All in all, I definitely recommend "Where She Went". Also made it to the top books in my list. Seriously. You must read it!