If you’re new here let me let you in on a little secret. I am a BIG fan of “Love” in all it’s forms. I am a hopeless, hopeful romantic and for me the best part of “When Harry Met Sally” was Harry, because I am a sucker for when a man finally opens up and reveals that his life if fine, but it is much finer when he’s in the presence of a woman that holds his heart.
I read Where She Went by Gayle Forman without reading it’s prequel If I Stay. I don’t think it would have mattered, because this book touched me in lots of places without knowing the backstory it came out of. There is the music of both of the lives of Adam and Mia, one a rock star, one a proficient Cellist, there are the sights, sounds and neighborhoods of New York City and at the base of all it, just under the surface in the space of who we really are is the LOVE of two people who lost one another along the way.
There was much loss in the first book from what I’ve read, this book is all about mending those hearts, of coming back from the brink of mourning and sadness and finding happiness again.
I think that we always imagine a coming back together of couples that were young when they left one another and much older when they find each another again. In this instance the couple is still young, prime of their lives, but the connection is no less life changing for each of them or for me as the reader. I was moved.
The book is written from Adam’s POV and he is likable and vulnerable, the boy who is now a young man in love and holding his second chance in his hands almost by accident. Watching Adam and Mia find their way back together was poetic and it felt right, never conjured or stiff. I believed every word as I watched these two fall in love again.
I am a hopeless romantic, so when I read books like this one, I realize I’m not the only one.
Your life CAN change in a day or in a moment, what I’ve learned is that sometimes the best thing to do is just let it all happen.
Buy the book! It’s a fast, enjoyable, summer read.
“This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.”