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“But still, I find the need to remind myself of the temporariness of a day, to reassure myself that I got through yesterday, I'll get through today,” Mia. —Where She Went
Where She Went
If I Stay # 2
by Gayle Forman
Three years ago, Mia’s life changed forever. Mia lost her family in a devastating accident. And when she woke up from a coma, she decided to walk out of Adam’s life. Forever.
Now Mia is a rising star at Julliard and Adam is a rock star, with a celebrity girlfriend. They live on different sides of the country, but fate brings them back together for one night. As Mia and Adam spend an evening exploring the city that is now Mia’s home, they revisit the past. But is one night enough time to open their hearts to each other? Can they build a future together or will Mia walk out of Adam’s life one more time?
Told from Adam’s point of view, Where She Went focuses on Adam’s emotional state. After Mia left, Adam relies on prescription drugs and sex to cope with life. The story is emotionally gripping but darker than the first book in the series. Where She Went deals with many adult topics and not all readers will be ready to dive into the book.
- A reporter asks Adam about his girlfriend. “. . . Are you and Bryn Shraeder having a baby?” Adam replied, “Not that I know of.”
- Adam thinks about seeing Mia’s eyes, “in the eyes of every other girl I laid on top of.”
- When Mia and Adam talk, she mentions staying the night at a man’s house. Adam feels “sucker-punched” and thinks, “You’ve been with so many girls since Mia you’ve lost count, I reason with myself. It’s not like you’ve been languishing in celibacy. You think she has.”
- An actress was nominated for “The Best Kiss Award” but did not get it. She said, “I lost to a vampire-werewolf kiss. Girl-on-girl action doesn’t have the same impact it used to.”
- Mia talks about her friend who would like to get married, but gay marriage isn’t legal in the state where she lives.
- Adam and Mia go back to his place. “The minute the door clicked shut behind us, she’d pounced on me, kissing me with her mouth wide open. Like she was trying to swallow me whole . . . as she kissed me, my body had begun walking up to her, and with it, my mind had gone, too.” Before anything more serious happened, Mia started crying and then left.
- Mia invited Adam to her grandparents’ place and she kissed him. “Not the usual dry peck on the lips but a deep, rich, exploring kiss. I’d started to kiss her back.” Adam remembered Mia’s tears the last time they were together and stopped.
- When Adam is on the road with his band, he had sex with a string of different girls. One time, “. . . with Viv’s hand playing on the small of my back, I was rearing to go. I spent the night with her at her apartment. . .” The next morning one of his friends said, “Good thing I hit Fred Meyer for the economy box of condoms before we left.”
- Mia and Adam have sex. The scene is described in detail over several pages. “I run my fingers along her neck, her jawline, and then cup her chin in my hand. . . And then all at once, we slam together. Mia’s legs are off the ground, wrapped around my waist, her hands digging into my hair, my hands tangled in hers. . .”
Drugs and Alcohol
- Adam takes an anti-anxiety prescription drug when he’s feeling “jittery” and sleeping pills. However, he still has trouble sleeping despite “a medicine cabinet full of psychopharmacological assistance.”
- When talking to a reporter at a restaurant, Adam orders three beers.
- Adam thinks about famous rock stars who “drugged themselves into oblivion. Or shot their heads off. What a bunch of assholes. . . You’re no junkie but you’re not much better.”
- Adam goes on a date with a girl and they “sat on the beach, sharing the wine straight out of the bottle.”
- Profanity is used often throughout Adam’s thoughts and characters’ words. Profanity includes: ass, crap, damn, dick, pissed, prick, shit, and fuck.
- Adam thinks that “there is no fucking way” he will fly on Friday the thirteenth.
- Adam gets angry with a reporter and yells, “This has fuck to do with music. It’s about picking everything apart.”
- Someone calls Adam a “Prissy, temperamental ass.”
- Mia said, “Your professor sounds like a dick!”