Where She Went
by Gayle Forman
Adam Wilde is living the dream. His band is about to start the biggest tour of their career, their albums have gone triple platinum and he’s half of the hottest celebrity couple around. The interviews, videos and recording sessions should be the icing on the cake, but for the “Wilde Man” they’re torture. No matter how many pills he takes or cigarettes he smokes, the dream still feels like a nightmare. No one understands why the man who has it all acts like he’s in hell. He knows what went wrong, but there’s nothing Adam can do to make himself enjoy the life he always thought he wanted. Because it was a dream they made together, and it doesn’t make him happy without her. But one day when fate intervenes, Adam finally finds the answers he has been searching for.
Even though Where She Went is a follow-up to Mia’s story in If I Stay, I think Adam’s tale will be just as enjoyable for those who haven’t read the first book. Gayle Forman has an incredible ability to write characters that almost leap off the page they feel so real.
Adam’s story unfolds in both real-time and through flashbacks, but the two work together seamlessly to fill in the details of the past three years without ever felling jumpy or hard to follow. I really have no complaints with Where She Went. The characters are wonderful, the pacing is perfect and the story answers all the questions that readers are left with after If I Stay. The only reason I gave this book one less star than If I Stay was that it didn’t quite pack the emotional punch that Mia’s side of the story did. But I think that’s a result of reading these two books back-to-back, rather than there being anything lacking in Where She Went.
I absolutely loved this book (and it’s predecessor) and will be recommending it to every one of my fellow book lovers. Where She Went is the type of story that makes me love reading – an emotional ride with great characters that really stays with you. I can’t wait to read more from Gayle Forman.
*I received this book for review from the Publisher.