Tuesday, July 1, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - WHERE SHE WENT by GAYLE FORMAN - IF I STAY # 2 - YA CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - RANDOM HOUSE

By: Gayle Forman
Published By: Random House
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 264 Pages

RATING: 5 GRIEVING STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

It's been three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life.

And three years he's spent wondering why.

When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.

Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good - or can you really have a second chance at first love?





BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I just this second finished, Where She Went. My fingers started immediately typing my review.

I simply adored this book, told from Adam’s pov.

I was endeared to this lost young man, his grieving process for the girl he lost, the family he also lost, his jaded look at his music career and the relationship he was in, that was going nowhere.

Gayle has this sneaky way of building her story, until she has me shedding the tears.

Her words are quite beautiful to read, sometimes I felt like I was just walking around with Adam and his inner monologue and the next I am feeling how crushed and lost he is.

We are spending twenty four hours with Adam and his inner monologue, how he is feeling, what he is going through in that twenty four hour period.

At one stage I was totally lost to why Mia did what she did, but then it came crashing down on me, and it HURT.

My heart got squeezed real tight until it leaked.

Men in general have a hard time expressing their emotions, they aren’t made like women, we can pour our stuff out when prodded enough. Men can need a lot of prodding.

Adam showed me how vulnerable and hurt a guy can be on the inside and the damage it is doing, but they try to hide it. Then they crack.

"I CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE!" I scream louder than I've ever screamed in my life, so loud my breath is knocking down trees in Manhattan, I'm sure of it. And as I battle with invisible waves and imaginary vortexes and demons that are all too real and of my own making, I actually feel something in my chest open, a feeling so intense it's like my heart's about to burst. And I just let it. I just let it out.

What Mia did , confused me, because here is this guy who has such a beautiful soul, and she left him.

But, then all is revealed with how these two people just needed time to grow and find themselves, a tough decision by Mia, one that luckily worked in their favor.

"But..." I grasp for the words like a drowning man reaching for floating debris, "... you said you hated me?"
Mia lets out a long, deep sigh. "I know. I needed someone to hate, and you're the one I love the most, so it fell to you."

An engrossing read, that just goes to show, you don’t need four hundred pages to tell a story that endears to the reader. It only takes twenty four hours in each of these characters lives to have made reading a Gayle Forman book, such a beautiful and memorable experience.

So touching and emotional.

All my annoyance melted. "You dumb-ass," I crooned, kissing her on the forehead. "You don't share me. You own me."

*sniffle*



Michelle

6 comments:

  1. So since you've read the books, think CGMoretz is a great pick to play the lead? I'll wait for the movie instead :D

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    1. Hey matey,
      Yes I do. Adam is a little different to how I imagined him, but hey, he's only young in the first book, so eh, my lads would naturally look a little different. He doesn't have a big part in the first book, so who knows what the adaptation is like :D I definitely found this book probably better. Adam's monologue grabbed me more. He's a little depressed, a lot hurt, a lot lost :D

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  2. God I loved this book. Adam tore my heart out but I loved every tear filled second of it. I hope they end up doing a Where She Went movie too, because I loved that story even more than If I Stay.

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    1. Hi Jesse, I did wonder that myself, as I think being told from Adam's pov, was that bit more emotional. :D

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  3. Oh she left him? It's sad but it looks like you loved the book and I heard a lot about this author and I think I should try one of the books. Thanks for the review!

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  4. Oh goodness, Michelle! I haven't read Where She Went yet - mostly because when I KNOW a book is going to make me overly-emotional, I have to work up to it. *ha* But If I Stay - I read it like in 2009?? - and it's still with me. POWERFUL! And I will go see the movie. :) And I will pick up Where She Went this summer - off my shelf - where it's been sitting since it released. Great review, girl!!

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