It’s a rare and beautiful moment in literature and film when a sequel is better than the original, and Where She Went, by Gayle Forman is a prime example.
And just to refresh your memory, If I Stay, (the first book in this story), is about Mia, a young girl in high school who’s gets into a car accident, one that ends up killing her parents and her younger brother, and leaving her in a coma. If I Stay is written from Mia’s perspective, and it’s essentially her struggle about whether or not to “stay” in this life, without her family, or “leave” and stop fighting an join her family in what she hopes is Heaven. Thankfully, she chooses to fight for her life, and stay with the love of her life, Adam. The story of Mia and Adam continues in Where She Went, and this time it is told from Adam’s point of view.
His pain is palpable.
His love is palpable.
His soul is alive on every single page.
The music of Adam, the music of Mia, it’s a constant thread throughout the book, reminding us that music does in fact soothe the soul. Can the Juilliard prodigy and the rock star come together once again? Time will tell.
For anyone who has ever felt the utter depths of despair that a heartbreak can bring, this is the book to read. For anyone who has known what it is like to love someone so much that you’d do anything to keep them from pain and harm, this is the book for you. This is the book for those who believe in love and everything that comes along with it – the growing pains, the good, the bad, and the beautiful. It’s a book about hope, about life, and it is a testament to the whole adage…
“If you love someone let them free, if they come back, it was meant to be.”