THIS WEEK IS::
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Adam, now a rising rock star, and Mia, a successful cellist, reunite in New York and reconnect after the horrific events that tore them apart when Mia almost died in a car accident three years earlier.
THAT WAS THE ONLY SYNOPSIS I COULD FIND ON THE BOOK.
However there was a 10 teaser blog tour for the book and here are the 10 teasers.
DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVE NOT READ IF I STAY...
- It’s a sequel—but not. This is definitely a continuation of the Adam-Mia story, but it’s also a brand-new story, Adam’s own story. Some people who’ve read the book have responded by saying: “It’s not a sequel at all! It’s a totally new work.” Which makes me happy because I have misgivings about sequels (unless they’re part of a series).
One other thing you might’ve deduced from the above blurbette is that you learn other people’s names and last names in this book. For instance, Mia’s last name is Hall. Adam’s last name is Wilde. And Mia’s parents are/were named Kat and Denny. Oh, look, I gave four things away. Well, I wanted to start with a bang.
- The story takes place three years later. There are many reasons why I moved the story three years after the events of IF I STAY. But you find out most of the important things that happened to Adam and Mia in the intervening years.
- Adam is the one telling the story. Which means that as you read the story, you are in Adam’s head, hearing Adam’s voice (warning: he curses a fair amount) and finding out what happened to him over the last three years. I’ll tell you: a lot of it is not very happy and much of it has to do with what Mia did to him.
This is the first time I’ve written from a guy’s perspective, and having never been a guy, and having two daughters and only one very older brother, I wasn’t sure how it would go. But as soon as the idea to continue the story hit me, I knew it had to be Adam’s story. If I wrote from Mia’s POV, it would be an exploration of her grief, and I’d already done that in If I Stay. So it had to be Adam. I think I channeled him pretty well. My brother-in-law, no stranger to angst, was suspicious of who gave me keys to the secret club.
- So, Where She Went takes place almost three years after the accident—and Adam and Mia haven’t seen each other in almost all that time. The reason they haven’t is…Wait, I’m not telling you that! You have to read the book to find that out! Sorry to drop a bombshell like that and leave you hanging. It’s very impolite, I agree. But that’s sort of what the book is about (Where She Went, get it?).
- Did we mention that Adam’s band, Shooting Star, is huge now, and Adam’s a rock star? Well, they are. We are talking national phenomenon huge. Lady Gaga if Lady Gaga-rocked-it-like-Nirvana-huge. Multi-platinum, multi-Grammy huge. And Adam is the front man. The lead man. The one everyone wants. The one who shot the band to superstardom. And if you think this has made Adam happy, you are very wrong.
- Mia does get accepted to Juilliard. And she does go. But she isn’t going there anymore by the time the events of Where She Wentgo down. What happened? Was the pressure too much? Did she relapse? I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you. I will tell you that the role music plays in Mia’s recovery is both interesting and intense.
- Adam has a girlfriend, who’s not Mia. Her name is Bryn Shraeder. She’s an actress. Together they are a celebrity couple, tabloid fodder. Adam does not enjoy this part of his life.
- Where She Went takes place almost entirely in one night. You might remember that I enjoy the use of the flashback in If I Stay. Same holds true for this book, though I’d say the flashbacks are a little more specific to Mia and Adam. And during the present tense, instead of them wandering around a hospital, they wander around New York City.
- Remember what a nice guy Adam was in If I Stay? In Where She Went, not so nice. He’s been a bit, well, damaged by events. Which isn’t to say you won’t still love him.
- Remember how by page 17 in IF I STAY, Mia’s parents were killed and Mia herself was like a ghost? Well, guess what? Nobody dies in WHERE SHE WENT.But…I wouldn’t suggest you put away your box of Kleenex just yet. You might still need them.