Where She Went is Gayle Forman’s sequel to If I Stay, in which Mia’s family is killed in a car accident that places her in a coma for several days. A cello virtuoso with an aspiring rock star boyfriend, Mia clings to life, awakens and recovers. The first book is about her choice to stay. The second book is dealing with the consequences of that choice.
This book picks up three years later from the point of view of Adam, the now- rock-star ex-boyfriend. We find out that Mia left for Juilliard and eventually cut off all communication with him. Meanwhile, his band has become so famous that he can’t walk down a street without being recognized, but he is falling apart as a result of being unable to deal with Mia’s abandonment.
While in New York about to set out on a European tour that is giving him panic attacks, Adam wanders into a concert of Mia’s and gets summoned backstage after the concert to see her for the first time in three years. And there the story continues.
I thoroughly enjoyed (although that sounds morbid) both of these books. At first I was disappointed that this story would be from Adam’s point of view, but in the end, I really liked getting his perspective on everything and getting a glimpse into the life of a fictional rock star.
Rated: High. While the characters in the book are no longer teenagers, the intended audience probably is. There are about two dozen moderate swear words, along with 10 uses of the f-word. There are smoking and allusions to promiscuous sexual activity as well as a minimally descriptive sex scene.