Where She Went by Gayle Forman (If I Stay #2)

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 StayWhere She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

where she went

I rarely read sequels.  However, having just finished If I Stay, I knew I had to pick up the next book, Where She Went.  In book one, Mia narrates the events leading up and following the tragic car accident that killed her family. Fast forward three years later for book 2 and now Mia’s boyfriend, Adam shares his story. It is a sad, raw and powerful narrative that will pull on reader’s heartstrings.  Adam is deeply affected and confused following his separation/breakup with Mia. I thought this was refreshing to see, as often it is the female character that is shown destroyed by a breakup.  Like the previous novel, memories and flashbacks of their relationship are again provided throughout.

Emotionally connecting with Adam came easy.  Like Adam, I felt anger toward Mia for how she ended things. When the truth is told, I was confused.  I’ve never experienced loss like Mia, so I couldn’t completely understand her reasoning. I believe that if I were in her shoes, I would have never pushed Adam away. I would have accepted all the love and support, rather than trying to erase him from her life.  However, I enjoyed the conclusion to their story and was left with feeling of hope. Pick up this realistic teen fiction series for a touching and beautiful read.

Bookit Review: Miracle by Elizabeth Scott

I am starting my first Teen Advisory Group (TAG) this fall and I wanted to be able to book talk some of our new releases.  I picked this title up because It looked like a fast paced read (thick spacing between lines, and a fair amount of dialogue), and it also had a review blurb from the author Jay Asher who created a lot of stir with his book 13 Reasons Why about a young teen committing suicide because she was bullied.

From Goodreads:

Megan survived the plane crash—but can she survive the aftermath? An intense, emotional novel from the author of The Unwritten Rule and Between Here and Forever.

Megan is a miracle. At least, that’s what everyone says. Having survived a plane crash that killed everyone else on board, Megan knows she should be grateful just to be alive. But the truth is, she doesn’t feel like a miracle. In fact, she doesn’t feel anything at all. Then memories from the crash start coming back.

Scared and alone, Megan doesn’t know whom to turn to. Her entire community seems unable—or maybe unwilling—to see her as anything but Miracle Megan. Everyone except for Joe, the beautiful boy next door with a tragic past and secrets of his own. All Megan wants is for her life to get back to normal, but the harder she tries to live up to everyone’s expectations, the worse she feels. And this time, she may be falling too fast to be saved.

I had never read any of Elizabeth Scott’s titles before but I did enjoy reading this book. Although, this term never appears in the story, Megan’s character is dealing with the medical condition Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I found Megan’s experience to be realistic, and was not surprised when I went on the author’s website and found out that she also suffered from this condition.  I appreciated that Scott wrote the story in first person from Megan’s perspective. Although, her character is not always likeable it makes the story more believable. Her parents and friends are trying to be supportive, but none of them have the guts to recognize her struggle and try and help her. However, two great supporting characters; her hot neighbour Joe and an elderly lady named Margaret, are able to see her struggle and help her get through it because of the hardships they have had to deal with in their own lives. Overall while it is an emotional story, I am happy to report that Megan’s character was not too emotionally intense! Sometimes the portrayal of young adult characters becomes annoying when they are constantly agonizing over some issue or another. Miracle does a great job at walking the line in conveying the struggle and pain of Megan’s character while keeping the story interesting and moving along.

I give it 4 out of 5

Happy reading,

Bookit

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