Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman


So, it has to be said, I’m one of the last people on the planet to read this duology.  I have no excuses.  These books have been on my radar for eons.

What I liked

I liked hearing Adam’s story.  If If I Stay made me crush on him, this book had me falling hard.  Also, I’ve just always liked to revisit familiar characters from a different perspective.

I also really liked the direction that Adam and Mia’s story goes in.  While it would have been easy to look at Mia as an unforgivable character for her actions, I thought that what she did and how she handled things was very realistic.  Not that I know from personal experience (thankfully!), but something about her just rang true to me.

What I didn’t like

Okay, so you know, I really saw it coming.  But did the teaser on the front cover really need to remove all doubt by saying, “A gorgeous portrayal of rejection and rekindled love????”  Um, hello, spoiler alert!

It bothered me that both Adam and Mia are in sort of unrealistic circumstances.  It just felt so unnecessary to the plot of the story.  I mean, if they had just been at separate colleges/universities for one reason or another, the story could have been the same.  And the rest of their story is just so relatable!  Their circumstances threw me for a loop, and not in a good way.

Would I recommend it?

Absolutely!  But not without reading If I Stay first, of course.


  1. Erin @ The Hardcover Lover says:

    Don’t worry… you’re definitely not one of the last people… I only read the books over the summer after seeing them at Target all the time.

    I went into this book (and If I Stay) almost blind. I knew that If I Stay was about a girl in critical condition, but I didn’t want to know anything about this one. All I knew is that it was from Adam’s POV. Going in blind made it such a good read for me. I would have hated to have seen that spoiler. (WHY DO THEY EVEN DO THAT IN BLURBS?!)

    Great review, Lauren! :)

    • says:

      OMG, I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY DO THAT. There should be a law against spoilery blurbs. And I also have to say, I love the book section of Target! There’s always the super popular ones, but they also have that really nice new author discount-y thing too, which I can never pass by without picking one up. I am now going to go see if you reviewed these books on your blog, to see what you thought :)

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