Series: If I Stay #2
Published by Dutton Juvenile on April 5th, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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. 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.
After the massive disappointment that If I Stay ended up being for me, I was promised, PROMISED I would like Where She Went better. Well. Just like your promises about If I Stay, this sequel wasn’t able to live up to the hype. I apologize in advance for this disjointed review.
I’m not sure when I’ve ever felt more detached from the characters. I don’t know why it happened, but it did, and that keeps me from thinking this is a great story. Adam’s point-of-view was slightly more interesting than Mia’s – and indeed, his character had many more dimensions than she did – but still, after a while, he read as pretty bland, and I felt he was quite whiny about everything, which was hardly justified by his reasoning.
There were more random flashbacks that, to me, added
And another thing I don’t buy is Adam’s sudden fame with his band. Again, I think this is because Gayle skips the build up and then reveals it through these flashbacks. It doesn’t work for me. It’s a method of storytelling that to me is extremely disjointed, and it keeps me from connecting. I would have preferred chronological order.
A nice commenter on my review of If I Stay pointed out that to her the story was very special because she had similar relationships with her parents and siblings, and that really put her into Mia’s shoes. Well, that makes sense. I didn’t have that growing up – and maybe that’s why this series doesn’t work for me. I guess I kept wishing Gayle would manage to put me in Mia (or Adam)’s shoes regardless of that, but it didn’t happen.
The plot of this one couldn’t save it either. I felt like there were so many better ways to tell this story. What would have been more interesting to read in this sequel:
- Mia’s recovery directly after the first book, from her point-of-view.
- Mia trying to move on at Juilliard, away from Adam, growing independent.
- Adam helping Mia in her recovery after the first book, from his point-of-view.