Thursday, March 24, 2016

Swoon Thursday # 178 ~ Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman

Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound.
Since they are no longer with us, Naomi @ Naomi's Reading Palace has kindly created a central meet up point for those of us who wish to continue to share our swoons.
So ladies (and any gents who feel so inclined) please leave a comment below, and then head on over there to link up and spread the love.

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My Swoon for this week comes from:

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

First - The Blurb:

The stunning sequel to Gayle Forman's international best seller, If I Stay - Now a major film starring Chloe Grace Moretz. If you had a second chance at first love ...would you take it? It's been three years since Adam's love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it ...and three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever. Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard'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, powerful prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance. 

Second - The Swoon:

"Is this real. Am I allowed to hold this hand?" I ask, bringing it up to my stubbly cheek.

Mia's smile is melting chocolate. It's a kick-ass guitar solo. It's everything good in this world. "Mmmm," she answers.

I pull her to me. A thousand suns rise from my chest. "Am I allowed to do this?" I ask, taking both of her arms in mine and slow-dancing her around the yard.

Her entire face is smiling now. "You're allowed," she murmurs.

This was a very moving scene, and just in case you are wondering, it did end in a kiss. A sweet, beautiful kiss.

Where She Went is told from Adam's POV three years into the future from where If I Stay ended. I'm glad that Gayle continued the story and gave us an insight into Adam's feelings and how he coped with the events which occurred after Mia's accident. (Some of which were quite heartbreaking). I'm also glad that Gayle retold parts of the past. How Mia and Adam met. How easily he was accepted into her family. Their first kiss. Seeing those moments through Adam's eyes was a great way of completing the picture.

I recommend that if you haven't read either book, you read them back to back. You will truly be moved.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

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Okay, so what do you think?

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  1. Mmm, melting chocolate, that sounds great right about now! I have not read any of Forman's books, but I have always wanted to experience one.

    Great swoon choice, Marilyn!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. What a sweet moment! He seems to think she isn't really there. Adorable!

    My Swoon

  3. I want to read these books so bad but at the same time I am scared they will break my heart. Love that swoon though!

  4. Yeah I definitely need to pick these books up ASAP. Will be picking them up when I get back to Elgin for a little bit since they're $2.99 at the bookstore.

  5. Oh... I'll read them back to back! I'll be hooked!