““A day might just be twenty-four hours but sometimes getting through one seems as impossible as scaling Everest.”
The sequel to If I Stay is set three and a half years after the car accident that killed Mia’s family and put her into a coma. It is told from the point of view of Adam, Mia’s boyfriend during If I Stay. Adam’s band, Shooting Star, has risen to the top of the Billboard charts and granted him the fame he’s always wanted. But one night he spends in New York changes his life– and his opinion on music– when something he’d never expect happens. (I can’t say too much else about the plot without ruining the first book.)
Where She Went is just as great as its predecessor, which is a pretty big deal considering how awesome the first book was. You can really see the change of character in Adam from the first book to the second; it’s like he’s become a whole new person, leaving behind every trace of his old life for what he thought would be much better.
But, as always, I have one complaint. Gayle Forman has a tendency to use half of her books to tell the real story, and the other half as flashbacks. If I Stay was full of them, which was understandable since Mia was in a coma, but I think Where She Went took it a little too far. Being set three and a half years after the first book makes a huge gap in time, which is, understandably, filled with flashbacks. But there are also flashbacks of before the events in If I Stay, and then flasbacks that you’ve already heard in the first book but for some reason need to be retold by Adam. It just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.
Don’t mainly focus on my complaining, though. It’s a very minor complaint, one I was debating whether to even include in this review, and it really doesn’t take away from the great story. I’d recommend anyone who read and enjoyed If I Stay to read Where She Went immediately after, because I had my doubts about the sequel being worth anything at first, but was proven wrong (as I usually am when I question books).
I’m going to use the end of this review to inform any of you If I Stay fans that the film version is in production (hopefully soon), starring Chloë Grace Mortez (who starred in Kick-Ass and Let Me In) as Mia. Even though she’s nowhere near the Mia I had in my head as I was reading, she’s an incredible actress and I know she’ll do the part justice.