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Saturday, April 23, 2011

"Where She Went"

If I Stay, book #2 by Gayle Forman, YA, 2011, 264p, rating=4

It's been three years since the devastating accident ... three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.  Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other.  Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, 'Where She Went' explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.  (book's synopsis)
What a wonderful read, especially after a couple of not so good ones!  I enjoyed the softness of this telling story.  Using Adam's point of view this time around was an excellent choice.  The tenderness that left you at If I Stay continued and expounded.  You did not just discover where Mia went, but where Adam went as well.  Then their chance meeting in New York would define the next step.

This was a sweet series.  The two books flowed well and it was calming to me even when anger and confusion were explored.  It was the insights of the two protagonists that brought empathy to light.  How Mia and Adam spent the three years individually made for understanding their pledge.  The array of emotions was intense ...grief, guilt, anger, confusion, love, ... all in line with the healing process.

Like a good bowl of hot soup, this series gave me warmth.

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