The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed If I Stay
Picking up several years after the dramatic conclusion of If I Stay, Where She Went continues the story of Adam and Mia, from Adam's point of view. Ever since Mia's decision to stay - but not with him - Adam's career has been on a wonderful trajectory. His album, borne from the anguish and pain of their breakup, has made him a bona fide star. And Mia herself has become a top-rate cellist, playing in some of the finest venues in the world. When their respective paths put them both in New York City at the same time, the result is a single night in which the two reunite - with wholly satisfying results.
And don't miss Gayle's newest novel, JUST ONE DAY and the forthcoming companion, JUST ONE YEAR.
"I know it's really cheesy crass even to compare my being dumped to the accident that killed Mia's family, but I can't help it. Because for me, at any rate, the aftermath felt exactly the same." Forman follows up her bestselling If I Stay with a story that is equally if not more powerful, set three years after the previous book and told from the perspective of Mia's former boyfriend, Adam. Mia and Adam haven't seen each other since she left for Juilliard, deserting him just months after emerging from her coma. Adam's anguish found an outlet in songwriting, and the resulting album, Collateral Damage, has become a sensation, turning Adam and his band into bona fide rock stars, though he's barely keeping it together. Mia's career as a cellist is taking off as well, and a chance meeting in New York City gives Mia and Adam the opportunity to exorcise the ghosts of their past. Having spent If I Stay in Mia's head, readers are, like Adam, thrust into a state of unknowing regarding Mia's thoughts and motivations. It's an extremely effective device, and one that makes this reunion all the more heartrending. Ages 14 up.
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It's hard to understand where they are, or rather why they are where they are now. But, the author does an amazing job of explaining how Mia & Adam came to be so different from their original characters. Life has changed them, that's clear, but ultimately you find that they are still the same characters we came to love in
If I Stay. The book delves into the depth of the tragedy's aftermath very gracefully. If you haven't read, If I Stay, before reading this book you really HAVE to, for two reasons. One, If I Stay although a short read, is one of the best and most original books you'll read in your lifetime and Two, you won't understand the beauty & grace of the two main characters without it.
Gayle Forman, your a literary genius!
The best sequel I have ever read!!
I normally do not like sequels more than originals, but I truthfully have reread parts of not this entire book at least ten times! I take away different things each time!
First book was definitely better. Not bad though