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Reviewed by Meghan Saldecki

It’s been three years since the tragic accident that devastated Mia’s life and three years since she left her rock star boyfriend, Adam. He was not just another musician, but a full-blown, everywhere-he-goes-he-gets-recognized rock star.

Music is Adam’s dream, or at least it was. Now, he’s an empty shell. He goes through the actions of interviews and shows and everything associated with his rock star life in a blur of people and panic attacks.

Mia’s a rising star in the classical music world and one night, Adam finds himself at one of her concerts. He intends to just sit and listen to the music, but fate has other plans for them. She invites him backstage and before he knows it, he’s on a tour of her favorite haunts in New York, and one wild ride of emotions.

I loved If I Stay, and Where She Went was only more of the same, in a very good way. I devoured it and I’m sure it’ll be one of those books that stays with me for a long time.

Gayle Forman wrote Where She Went from Adam’s perspective, three years after the accident, making him twenty-one. At first I was leary about it being more like an adult novel, but Forman maintained the young adult feel. It was heart breaking to realize that everything that Mia went through affected not only her, but everyone around her as well; everyone saw how the accident changed her.

Gayle Forman certainly took my emotions on a ride with her beautiful and realistic writing. I cried at the end, something I did not do for If I StayWhere She Went had a different kind of heart break, one that really hit home: losing someone you love, not fatally, but mentally, emotionally, even physically. Having that anxiety and constant fear of something, everything.

Now, if I haven’t totally convinced you how great these two books are, I’ve completely failed. They are wonderful, fast, heart wrenching reads – I recommend you read them now!

Rating: 5/5

Meghan is a 17-year-old book blogger. She likes to read and write in her spare time and would like to become a published author one day.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Dutton Juvenile. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.