“If it is destined to happen, it will happen no matter how many years had passed by or how far the distance is.” – Seasielle
Love. Faith. Hope. Three important words in our lives. If we have love in our hearts, Hope and Faith will never be gone in our vocabulary.
People say that a good book is the one that when you re-read it, you will still feel the same things and emotions you felt the first time you read it. And I’m proud to say that Where She Went has that power.
In our lives, choices surround us every day. We have to choose what’s good for everyone even though we felt deprived because of our own decisions; sometimes it’s not just about us, but it’s about others as well.
Adam. Mia. Three years of separation without any closure. Adam felt lost and betrayed because he didn’t know what to do after Mia left her for good. He didn’t understand why Mia suddenly stopped all forms of communication with him. He blamed her for all misfortunes he had experienced and for all choices he did. But, is he right to blame Mia for everything? Or is it also about Adam’s decision that made all things complicated for the two of them?
In the second installment of the bestseller book, If I Stay, comes the most heartfelt reunion of Mia and Adam after three years of separation. Can this be the start of something new, or can this be the end for the two of them – The closure that Adam has been longing for?
I love If I Stay. Every detail that comes with it. The magic, the romance and the hope. And I can say, that I’m also in-love with Where She Went. I hate Gayle Forman for doing this to me (I’m exaggerating my love for her). Yes, this is the second time that I had read this book, and I forgot to write a book review for this one the first time that I laid hands on it. So allow me to do it now; I can’t move on the first time I read this that’s why I didn’t write a review.
This is Adam’s POV (Point Of View) and I really admire the way it was written. I mean, I do appreciate that Gayle wrote this book in a man’s perspective because I do wonder what does it feels like to view the mind of a guy.
Adam Wilde – rock star icon for his generation and composer of Shooting Star (his band) which I crazily admire (wish his band is true). People think he’s a bad ass or some wasted guy just because he chose to be in the rock genre. Well, contradictory to what others think, he has a pure heart and he’s concern for others (base on how I picture him in the flow of the story).
We think that the fault always belong to others well in fact, we should also blame ourselves because we let them do those things to us, or we were so relentless of our own decisions.
We must first understand our actions before judging other people because sometimes it’s not all about “them” anymore, but it’s more about “us.” After a thorough examinations of ourselves, that’s the only time we should seek help to others or that’s the perfect time we can open our hearts for them to be understood in the way we wanted to be treated.
Yes, others can hurt us but we are the only one who can allow it to happen because sometimes, what they’ve done for us didn’t matter if we don’t allow it to flow in our body and intoxicate our mind.
Just like with Adam and Mia, they both knew that they had hurt each other and they allow it to poison their body and mind because they give importance of their relationship. Therefore, if the pain we are feeling or the problem that currently stresses us are already inside our system, it means that the caused of those things are important to us and we have to face them in order for us to release all the toxins or if it’s not important to us, we should just ignore it and don’t allow it to live in our system.
I will absolutely recommend this book to everyone especially to those people who needs closure in their lives but don’t know how to start finding it.
Thank you for reading. God bless!
About the author: (from goodreads.com)
Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a journalist who specialized in reporting on young people and social-justice issues. Which is a fancy way of saying I reported on all the ways that young people get treated like crap—and overcome! I started out working for Seventeen magazine, writing the kinds of articles that people (i.e. adults) never believe that Seventeen ran (on everything from child soldiers in Sierra Leone to migrant teen farm workers in the U.S.). Later on, I became a freelance journalist, writing for magazines like Details, Jane, Glamour, The Nation, Elle, Budget Travel, and Cosmopolitan.
In 2002, I went traveling for a year around the world with my husband, Nick. I spent time hanging out with some pretty interesting people, a third sex (we’d probably call them transvestites here) in Tonga, Tolkien-obsessed, role-playing punks in Kazakhstan (bonus points to those of you who can find Kazakhstan on a map), working class hip-hop stars in Tanzania. The result of that year was my first book, a travel memoir called You Can’t Get There From Here: A Year On the Fringes of a Shrinking World. You can read about my trip and see pictures of it here.
What do you do when you get back home after traveling the globe for a whole year? First, you get disproportionately excited by the little comforts in life: Not having to look at a map to get everywhere? Yay! Being able to drink coffee without getting dressed and schlepping to a café first? Bliss! Then, if you’re 32 years old and have been with your husband for evah, you have a kid. Which we did. Presto, Willa!
So, there I was. With a baby. And all of a sudden I couldn’t do the kind of gallivanty reporting I’d done before. Well, you know how they say in life when one door closes another opens? In my case, the door came clear off the frame. Because I discovered that I could take the most amazing journeys of my life without ever having to leave my desk. It was all in my head. In stories I could make up. And the people I wanted to take these fantastical journeys with, they all happened to be between the ages of 12 and 20. I don’t know why. These are just the people who beckon me. And I go where I’m told.
My first young-adult novel, Sisters in Sanity, was based on another one of those social justice articles I wrote when for Seventeen and you can click here to read the article. Sisters was published in 2007. My next book, If I Stay, was published in April of 2009 by Dutton. It is also being published in 30 countries around the world, which is surreal. The sequel/companion book to If I Stay, Where She Went, comes out in April 2011. I am currently working on a new YA novel, that is, when my kids (plural, after Willa we adopted Denbele from Ethiopia) allow me to. And after that book is finished, I’ll write another, and another….
Wow. This is crazy long. I suppose the short version of this bio could simply read: My name is Gayle Forman and I love to write young-adult novels. Because I do. So thank you for reading them. Because without you, it’d just be me. And the voices in my head.
Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.