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Forman, Gayle: Where She Went

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Where She Went (2011)
Author: Gayle Forman
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 262 (hardcover)
Series: If I Stay #2

Summary (from )

Why I Read It: I read and really enjoyed If I Stay last year. Due to the giant TBR, I didn't rush to read the sequel, but I really really wanted to. Finally, I decided to start reading it during my breaks at work.

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Final Verdict: While I didn't like this quite as much as If I Stay, it's still a very decent read. Unfortunately for me though, the main character Adam frustrated me slightly with his angst, and some aspects of the ending didn't sit too well with me. However, despite that I still enjoyed this novel because Forman can write like a boss. Even if I didn't always connect with Adam, I was always engaged with the writing which is obviously a good sign. It was also great to see Mia again, and while her attitude towards Adam is slightly annoying at first, we really get to see what a strong young woman she's grown into since the events of the first book. If you've read If I Stay and were at all invested in Adam and Mia's relationship, this is an absolute must-read. Even if you weren't, there's still enough to be found here for a satisfying read, even if I didn't enjoy it as much as I would have liked.

Cover Commentary: Love the blues, but I'm not so sure about the model's pose, or the look on her face.

Forman, Gayle: If I Stay

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If I Stay (2009)
Author: Gayle Forman
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 208 (trade paperback)
Series: If I Stay #1

Summary (from )

This baby was released back in 2009 and got all kinds of buzz on the YA blogosphere. I've seriously read nothing but wonderful things about this novel (and even some of the more negative reviews just gave it a mediocre rating -- never anything that deemed this a BAD book) and its sequel, Where She Went. So, while I was at the library a couple of weeks ago picking up All the Windwracked Stars, I decided to pick this up as well because a) I knew I would want something relatively easy to read after reading a Bear novel and b) re: I've been meaning to read this for ages *anyway* and c) it's short.

Anywho, this novel certainly deserves all the heaps of praise it has received even if its nowhere to being a perfect novel. Despite little misgivings I had though, which I'll get to in a second, I loved this book to pieces and would very much like to own it and read the sequel as soon as I can. :)

Spoilers behind the cut, so proceed with caution!! 

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Final Verdict: Yeah, this novel is a little overwrought at times, but I mean, look what it's about! Of course it's going to be a little melodramatic, and even though I had that little quip, I still liked this novel to pieces. It's beautiful, it's gut-wrenchingly sad and it painted a family of characters that I grew to really care for. It's a sad novel, with a dash of hope (though it's very, very slim). Despite finding the prose a little too purply at times, it is really beautiful at many more parts as well. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel and I'll definitely be looking out for more works by this novel in the future. :) 

Cover Commentary: I really like this paperback cover a lot more than the hardcover. The hardcover is all right, but it lacks some kind of impact that I find the paperback possesses. My favorite edition of this book though is the UK one. Look at the prettyyyy. This one is prettier to look at and just fits the overall feel of the novel a lot better than the other two, in my opinion. :)


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