Friday, April 1, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Where She Went


Title: Where She Went (If I Stay #2)
Author: Gayle Forman
Expected publication: April 5th 2011 by Dutton Juvenile
Source: ARC from publisher for review

**Warning: This will contain spoilers from If I Stay. If you have not read If I Stay, please look away!!!**


Summary: "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."


Thoughts:I'll be honest. When I first read If I Stay, I liked it, but I didn't love it. I didn't really understand all the hype. Fast forward 1 week later. I was still thinking about the book, how heartbreaking and beautifully written it is. That's when realized that If I Stay is one of those books that, even though you can finish it in a day, it might take a little longer for you to truly absorb everything.

Now, onto Where She Went. This one, to me, is a little bit different. It didn't take me a week to fall in love with it. Instead, it only took me 50 pages before I was so wrapped up in the story, I didn't even know what time or day it was. Adam's voice is so heart wrenching, strong and painful, yet relatable and enticing, all at the same time. I liked Mia's point of view, but I LOVED Adam's.

From the summary, you know Adam and Mia have gone down different paths. It's been three years since either of them spoke to one another, let alone seen each other. Now, in the city that doesn't sleep, both are reunited. Whether that's a good thing or bad thing, you'll have to read the book to find out.

Both books kind of remind me of the movies Before Sunrise and Before Sunset (best romantic movies ever!). So much time has passed by, and so many things have happened since both characters left off, but one thing is for sure. The chemistry between Adam and Mia is undeniable.

Adam is definitely on my list of favorite swoon-worthy boys. In fact, I'm writing him on my list with a sharpie because I honestly don't think there will be a time where I don't love Adam. His passion, his fears, his heart, his charm...wow. Sometimes, I like to doodle his name in my journal. I'm kidding. Maybe.

Anyway, a question I'm sure a lot of readers (especially those who haven't read If I Stay) are wondering is "Do I have to read the first book first?". I don't think you need to read If I Stay to enjoy Where She Went, but I do think both are better paired together. Some of the conversations and events will just make more sense and have more meaning if you read If I Stay first.

Overall, I really adored Where She Went. If you're a fan of If I Stay, just wait until you read Where She Went. It didn't have me in tears like If I Stay did, but it did give me butterflies, and left me with hope,warmth, and a little bit giddy.

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Now, it's GIVEAWAY time! I am giving away an ARC of Where She Went. It's simple.

*You must be a follower to enter.
*Comment below and leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.
*+1 for spreading the word. Please leave links!
*Open to US and CA only.

The giveaway will end April 15th.

I do ask that you agree to please review Where She Went either on your blog, goodreads, Amazon, etc.

Good luck, everyone!!!




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40 comments:

  1. I love the review! I've been seeing Where She Went a lot around the blogosphere these days. I didn't get to request it from NG cos it was already unavailable when I found out. I'm so excited to listen to Adam's voice. With the influx of rave reviews for this book, I'm sure I'm going to like it more than the first book.

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  2. I'm so afraid to read this :-)) I want to know what happened but I also know it will be sad before it's happy again.

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  3. I can't wait to read this book, but I am also terrified that it is going to spoil the HEA I have already imagined for them in my head! Thanks for the great spoiler free review and for the chance to win a copy of the book.

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  4. Can't wait to read this and meet Gayle in 2 weeks!
    Major follower. ;)

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  5. I've heard nothing but good things about this one!
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  6. Awesome giveaway, Lena!! I can't wait to read this book.... AND to meet Gayle when she comes to Blue Willow April 14th!!! So exciting. Ooh maybe you could even get the ARC signed? Just a thought lol.

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  8. I loved If I stay. I am really excited to read this one.

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  9. Fabulous giveaway!!
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  10. Awesome giveaway! I have been dying to get my hands on a copy of this book!

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  11. Wonderful review Lena! I loved this book soooooo much! :D

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  12. I didn't read the review yet because I haven't read If I Stay.
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  13. I've tried to win this book from so many sites with no luck...maybe this time i'll win! I am a follower.

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  14. I'm really looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the chance.

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  15. Sounds like a good read.

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  16. Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read this book!

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  17. OO! I've been wanting to read that book! If I stay was such a good book, I best this one will be good too!

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  18. OMG I can not wait to read this book, it looks sooo amazing.

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  19. I felt the same way about If I Stay. I absolutely have to read the next book.

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  23. I featured Where She Went for my WoW this week and can't wait for its release. Thanks for the giveaway, Lena!

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  24. so exciting!!!

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  25. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  29. Thanks for the giveaway. I've been wanting to read this.
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  30. I'm glad you enjoyed this so much. I really liked If I Stay, so I hope Where She Went can live up to that for me.

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  31. Follower! and you're the leader, lol

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  32. I have really been looking forward to reading this book!! Thanks for the chance to win! I follow on GFC as Melanie L.

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  33. Oh, pick us, pick us! We're all dying to read WHERE SHE WENT, because we just read IF I STAY (I know, we're late to the party) and loved it!

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  34. Thank you, thank you for the giveaway! I want!

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  35. I need to read this!! Thanks!!
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  36. I have been wanting to read this, the auhtor is amaizng thank you for this giveaway!

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  37. i'm really looking to read this! thank you for the giveaway!

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  38. I loved the first book If I Stay, want so badly to read this one.

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  39. I am dying to read this book!
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  40. I read and reviewed If I Stay and loved it... I hope I can get a chance to read this one! It sounds amazing, thanx for the chance!!

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