As always, I was delighted to get a new book to review. When I received Where She Went by Gayle Forman from BlogHer Book Clubs, I read the back cover and realized it was a sequel. I was ready to read though and had no time to hit the library. This is when I really love having a Kindle! I bought, read, absorbed and adored If I Stay. I didn’t want it to be over, and was so intensely happy to have the sequel ready to be devoured.
I cannot review Where She Went without reviewing If I Stay. So I will do a double review here and try not to give out any spoilers. I loved this book set so much I want everyone to read them for themselves and not hear it secondhand.
If I Stay Tells the story of seventeen year old Mia. She is a talented, young musician who plays the cello, has a wonderful, yet quirky family and a boyfriend, Adam, who literally rocks. The story has a unique way of backtracking through her memories seamlessly, so that you really get to know the family, their history and how much Mia loves them and loves Adam. After a terrible accident, Mia, has an out-of-body experience that shows her world from a different perspective. As a nurse, I especially loved how Forman portrayed the nurses and hospital staff. She nailed it, from caring to cranky – nurses do make the hospital experience what it is!
Where She Went continues on three years later with Adam being the storyteller. I have to say I missed Mia’s narrative at first, but gradually settled into hearing Adam’s voice. Adam is so vulnerable after his experiences with Mia, but to the world he is a rock star. He is not allowed to show his feelings of loss and therefore his anxiety is sky-high and he is very skittish, and appears arrogant and standofish to those who try to get to know him. Spoiler alert here in that Mia does show up again in the story, though not exactly how I wanted her to. It all makes perfect sense in the end and it doesn’t leave you hanging. Along with the rock and roll theme throughout the book, there are lyrics at the end of the book that are great to read and tell more of the story which is awesome.
I will stop there. It’s hard, but I will stop. Go read this book series! It is rated 14 and up. High schoolers will like it and I think if you read it first and talk about a few things, seventh and eighth graders would like it as well. Check out the BlogHer Book Club discussion page and find out what others are saying about this amazing book!
The book trailers can be found here and I predict a movie to be made. It’s that good of story and what is so great about it, is that it is realistic, it could happen. I’m off to mourn now that I have finished these books.
Any suggestions for a good read?
(Disclosure: This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.)