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Where She Went (If I Stay #2)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  96,891 ratings  ·  10,658 reviews
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 Juilliard'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.

Paperback, 264 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Speak (first published January 1st 2011)
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Madelaine no! it was perfectly imperfect.. and my imagination is confident that they'll grow old together. i cried so much for Adam that i thought he deserves…moreno! it was perfectly imperfect.. and my imagination is confident that they'll grow old together. i cried so much for Adam that i thought he deserves to be happy, i mean really happy. and we all know who can do that and with whom he'll feel that. same with Mia, Adam loves her beyond anything and it's a relief that they followed their hearts in the end.(less)
Lillyana I read "Where She Went" without ever reading "If I Stay". I was able to follow the story line.

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I wonder if it is ok that I liked Where She Went so much more than its predecessor. I mean, If I Stay was all about people dying and lying in coma and there were hardly any tears in my eyes and here I spent hours sobbing over a guy's broken heart? Am I that much into emo guys?

Don't think that's the answer though. Super-emo Shiver's Sam and Beautiful Creatures's Ethan didn't rock my boat and how could they with their obsessions over puffy coats, Scarlett O'Hara and leaky womb type poetry? Adam W...more
Aug 18, 2014 Arlene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of The Piper's Son
Recommended to Arlene by: ARC - Alexa... Thank you!
Undeniably 5 Shooting Stars!!

Adam’s Promise: If you stay, I’ll do whatever you want. I’ll quit the band; go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I’ll do that too. .. And that would suck, but I’ll do it. I can lose you like that, if I don’t lose you today. I’ll let you go. If you stay.

Fans of If I Stay who thought the story concluded after Mia’s choice will experience the post trauma that not only changed her life, but altered Adam’s happiness. In Where She Went, we face the after...more
So I read "If I Stay," and it broke my heart, and it was hard for me to imagine Forman matching that emotional intensity in the sequel ...

But "Where She Went" is even MORE intense. It feels breathless, almost like one long scene. (And it MOVES like one scene, as the narrator rattles around New York City.)

I can't think of a book that does a better job capturing heartbreak ... I really loved it.
Emily May
I liked If I Stay, but I absolutely loved Where She Went. I'm having a hard time trying to compile my thoughts on the novel because I'm still reeling from the deep, heartbreaking effect it had on me.

Tatiana's review said what I've been thinking most of all:

"I mean, If I Stay was all about people dying and lying in coma and there were hardly any tears in my eyes and here I spent hours sobbing over a guy's broken heart?"

That about sums up the reaction I had. If someone asked you which would upset...more
Once in awhile comes a story that has touched me in a way that I will never forget.
It's a story about one girls journey and her ultimate decision about life and death, to let go or to move on. It was both heartbreaking and heartwarming.
That story was; If I Stay, and after I closed that book, my first and only thought was more.

"You know. I thought about that a lot these last couple of years," she said in a chocked voice. "About who was there for you. Who held your hand while you grieved for all t
I loved "If I Stay". LOVED IT. It was one of those books that made my heart and soul ache. It moved me and surprised me and lingered... So much so that I kept mentally comparing the way I felt reading the two books, and I admit to being a bit disappointed by this follow-up.

This is Adam's story. I loved Adam in "If I Stay". He was this incredibly supportive and sensitive and wonderful guy who loved a girl so much that he would do anything for her, who accepted and honored her for being the unique...more
Marie Lu
Right, so. I never rate a book unless I at least like it, and I almost never leave text reviews....but Where She Went is impossibly good. If I Stay was good, of course, but Where She Went? Good God. I can't remember the last time I fell so hard for a couple. My heart physically HURT throughout this book! Adam, oh Adam!! How you and Mia make me cry!

“I needed to hate someone and you’re the one I love the most, so it fell on you.”

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

“You were so busy trying to be my savior that you left me all alone.”

This is the conclusion to Mia and Adam’s story, one that captivated me until the very last page. The story follows our dear characters three years after Mia awoke from a heartbreaking coma. In this continuation, we have the privilege to read from Adam’s point of view that is as endearing as Maia’s was. It...more
Kat Kennedy
Jan 21, 2012 Kat Kennedy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Before I fall by Lauren Oliver
Recommended to Kat Kennedy by: Tatiana
Where She Went is the successional addition to Forman's spectacular If I Stay. If the seminal theme of If I Stay were about finding a reason to continue living, then Where She Went’s theme could be construed as finding what makes life worthwhile and livable.
Adam, an infamous badboy rocker, has been in a perilous emotional and mental state since his longtime girlfriend, Mia Hall left him. Chance brings them together for one more night and this novel chronicles those precious twenty-four hours tog...more
Visuals for Adam

"She kissed me good-bye. She told me that she loved me more than life itself. Then she stepped through security.
She never came back."

Note: My review is not going to do this book justice. I don't think I can possibly express how awesome Where She Went is.

Wow! Where She Went is an intense and breathtaking read. I have to admit I enjoyed If I Stay but I wouldn't say I loved it. But Where She Went is one the BEST books I have ever read. It m...more
This was less of a book and more of a roller coaster. You know how you sometimes get off a roller coaster, and your legs feel like jelly and your middle feels like someone's wringing you dry?


I'm not going to give you plot synopses. I'm not going to give you my favourite quotes. I am, however, going to tell you a story. I knew I would love Where She Went before I ever read it. I read a review of the book about a month ago, and it inspired me to stop procrastinating and pull If I Stay out of the...more
May 14, 2013 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hopeless romantics everywhere
Recommended to Anna by: ❤Sarah

If you stay, I'll do whatever you want.....And that would suck, but I'd do it. I can lose you like that if I don't lose you today. I'll let you go. If you....


Where She Went
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It's been three years since the devastating accident...three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever

This book, to me as a HOPELESS ROMANTIC, was a dream come true. This story is set in New York City, where by chance/fate/destiny...Adam and Mia are brought together aga
Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤
Wow what a ride!!I loved this book so much!!!It was much better from the first!!I adored the first and I wanted to know if these characters will have the ending I wanted!!The emotions were so intense in this book!!I could feel Adam's pain and anger like I was in his shoes!!In this book like the previous,memories are include from back then,sad and happy moments.This book was so realistic!Ifelt like these characters excist in real life!!

This book is about three years since the end of IF I STAY. We...more
Jan 25, 2011 Alexa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
This review was difficult to write. I didn't even know where to start. All I wanted to do was pick up the book and reread it. Because it was amazing, heartbreaking, and beautiful. I loved it even more than If I Stay.

"She kissed me good-bye. She told me that she loved me more than life itself. Then she stepped through security.
She never came back.

I loved reading from Adam's point of view. The writing was so, so good. Some moments were really intense. And I felt like I could feel everything he wa...more
Mar 25, 2011 Isamlq rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Isamlq by: EVERYONE
Shelves: arc-galley, favorites
My brain hurts. My heart hurts. My everything hurts!

I had not started it yet, but already I was upset with Mia. It’s been a little over a month since I read If I Stay, so I know what she went through. I also know what she does to Adam. And like Adam, I didn’t know why. Like him, I wondered. Like him, I was angry. But once I got started on this, I saw quite clearly what losing her did to him. Then I felt a little more angry and heartbroken for him. And still I wondered, as he did, why?

Like If I...more
I reread If I Stay before I started Where She Went, and I'm glad I did, because it reconnected me with the emotions of both Mia and Adam so well before starting the second half of the journey. And OH. MY. GOD. I was blown away by this book. The writing is lovely and masterful, the emotions are raw and BIG and oh-so-real. The story of Mia and Adam is one of those that will stay with me from this point on, and frankly, there are books I utterly loved that didn't do that to me. Like other reviewers...more
What a ride! Where She Went definitely was one of those books for me. One that had me glued to the pages and forgetting everything around me. One that had me gulping down the whole story in only a few hours, reading as fast as possible (maybe even too fast) to find out if my beloved characters would get the ending they hoped for. One that left me glassy-eyed and exhausted, but feeling that this book gave me something more than just a few hours of fun – it gave me a story that will stay with me a...more
If I Stay is easily one of my favorite novels, ever. And Where She Went was just as incredible. As soon as I heard that there was going to be a sequel to If I Stay and that it was going to be in Adam's point of view... I knew it was going to be epic. And it was.

I loved Adam in If I Stay, and after experiencing this story through his eyes, I love him even more. God, this story.... I'm steel reeling... I'm up, I'm down. I just finished the story a mere hours ago and I'm still not over it. I don't...more
My heart gushed rivers of love when I reviewed If I Stay. I listened to the audiobook and just adored it because it felt like Gayle Forman tapped into my heartbeat and the rhythm beat right through to the end. I put off reading Where She Went because I wasn’t ready for another heartache. As it turns out, this is a rare instance where the sequel (or companion) has an entirely different tone than its predecessor. Rightly so, as Where She Went is told from Adam Wilde’s point of view, whereas If I S...more
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)

It's been three years since Mia woke up from her coma and since the car crash that killed her family. It's also been three years since Mia left Adam's life forever.

One fated night, Adam walks into Carnegie Hall when Mia is doing a concert, and it seems like destiny had brought them together again. But when old wounds open up and constant questions are rolling, any hope of rekindling their relationship is broken. Told from Adam's perspective, this is a book about despair, heartbreak, music, sex,...more
Every morning I wake up and tell my self: It’s just one day, one twenty-four hour period to get thorough.
A day might be just twenty-four hours but sometimes getting through just one seems as impossible as scaling Everest.

***If you haven’t read If I Stay, there may be some spoilers***

Where She Went is Adam’s story
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It’s been three years since Adam’s life was forever changed. Three years ago he almost lost Mia, the love of his life. Well, he did lose her, but not in the ultimate way. Three years...more
“How does it feel that the only worthy thing you ever created came from the worst kind of loss?”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
This book is the love child of The Piper’s Son and Before Sunset.

High Points.
Adam. Rock stars. Guitars. Song lyrics. Bowling. Camping. Groupies.[ “I’ve come all the way from England to f-...” You took the words right out of my mouth, nameless hussy!]. Brooklyn Bridge. Lady Liberty. Dinosaur eggs. Awkward conversations. Voids. Photographs. Borrowed iPods.

Low Points.
This i...more
This is it, the moment I had feared: I am sitting in front of my computer and frown. I am scrutinizing the small list of all-time-favorites displayed on my Goodreads profile. And I know one of them has to go. It is a sad step, but inevitable. For Where She Went is simply that overwelmingly good. I really, really loved If I Stay and I anticipated the sequel from Adam's point of view like a druggie longs for his next shot, but I still wasn't prepared for the bone-shattering impact. For the turmoil...more
Jun 25, 2011 Lora rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who weren't happy with If I Stay's ending
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
"You crossed the water,left me ashore
It killed me enough,but you wanted more
You blew up the bridge,a mad terrorist
Waved from your side,threw me a kiss
I started to follow but realised too late
There was nothing but air underneath my feet"

It took me a while to sort out my feelings and start writing the review. It is not because I had problems with the book (the 5 stars speak for themselves) but because of the relation between this book and the first one.

You see, I didn't like Mia.
...And if I...more
Melina Marchetta
I loved it because of the music and the city and the guy and the girl and the writing.
CLOSURE! GLORIOUS CLOSURE. I think I liked this better than If I stay for that reason alone. But I did love both of them a lot.
“You know, I thought about that a lot these last couple of years,” she says in a choked voice. “About who was there for you. Who held your hand while you grieved for all that you’d lost?”

My thoughts exactly. Why did Mia leave Adam? Why did he let her leave? Why didn’t she say anything? Why did he become so self-destructive? Gayle answers all of these questions in Where She Went, but in the most heartbreakingly beautiful manner ever.

I read If I Stay when it first came out, so I’ve forgotten most...more
Rating clarification: 5 stars +++

I don't think I will ever find the words to do this book justice.
This was simply ...Perfection.

I finished Where She Went within a few hours because there simply wasn't a way to put it down. I'm exhausted from going through tons of different emotions and I'm feeling emotionally drained but believe me, it was so worth it! I loved every chapter, every sentence, every word of this. Beautiful, compelling and heart-wrenching...I think I could go on for hours but I feel...more
Dear Ms. Forman,

Can I call you Gayle? After all, you've reduced me to a snotty, hiccuping mess twice now. That ought to put us on a first name basis. The last time I wrote you was right after I finished If I Stay. Nothing makes me feel quite as raw as something that rips the lid off my fear of death, and did that book ever pick my shaking little bones clean. But it's okay. Going through that once, it's all good. That's what a good book is supposed to do to you, right? Great books evoke emotional...more
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