Three years have passed since Mia and Adam last saw each other. Three years of Mia slowly trying to piece herself back together and become the cellist she was always meant to be and three years of Adam wondering why he was left behind by the girl he loves and coming to the realisation that music is no longer filling the void. When they meet once again, will Adam finally get the answers he seeks? And will Mia finally unleash all that shes been holding in all these years?
When I read If I stay, I found myself a little disappointed due to the fact that I didn’t fall in love with the book – I liked it, but I just didn’t love it. It came as a surprise to me then, when I decided to pick up Where She Went and found myself pretty much instantly liking it. I found it a little strange, at first, now reading from Adams’ POV, but definitely preferred it compared to reading from Mias’ POV, like in the first book. However, despite preferring this change, I do kind of wish that there were dual POVs; I kind of feel that at times Mia fell a bit flat for me – just a little, though. I would have liked to have seen Adam through her eyes.
Adam’s been having a rough time and at times I felt his pain – there was something very raw about it. Although, yes, he could come across as an arse at times, this didn’t lead to me disliking him. He is angry and lost and I truly did feel for him – he is kind of his own worst enemy sometimes though. I loved reading the lyrics to his songs – this was a really nice addition. I especially liked the inclusion of the songs at the end of the book. Just like in the first book there are flashbacks, which I enjoyed…but I found myself wanting to go back to the present time to see what unfolds.
“‘I know.’ She sighed. ‘What a freak! The granddaughter of a retired Forest Service biologist who’s scared of camping.’
‘That’s just the half of it. You’re a classical cellist whose parents are old punk rockers. You’re a total freak. But you’re my freak.'”
Another flight from here to where?
Crammed in a sardine can with not enough air
We’re on the map, I know that much
But the directions I really need are in your touch
This book went by in a bit of a blur, having read it in just one day. I really wanted to know what happened after the first book left off and found myself invested in how the story was going to unfold. I was really rooting for Mia and Adam to be happy – I’m so glad that Mia had found some happiness in those three years. It was very much a case of, will they? won’t they? situation, but I promise I won’t spoil anything by revealing what happened.
It was a satisfying sequel, for me, and if you long to know where the years take these characters, then definitely read it.