Author: Gayle Forman
Narrator: Dan Bittner
Length: 5 hrs., 21 mins.
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Publisher’s Summary: 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 L.A. 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 Stay, Where She Wentexplores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.
©2011 Gayle Forman (P)2011 Penguin
My Review: Where She Went is book two in the If I Stay series by Gayle Forman featuring main characters Mia and Adam. I thoroughly enjoyed the first in the series, If I Stay and was eager to finally get my hands on this audiobook. Be sure to start with the first book, otherwise you might be lost in this intriguing sequel.
After the traumatic first book, the seconds catches up with Mia and Adam. Mia has graduated from Juilliard and is performing her cello at big venues for huge crowds. She’s magical with her cello and has excelled in her music career.
Adam’s life has taken a drastic turn since the first book. When we catch up with him three years after Mia woke up from the accident his life is rocky to say the least. He’s a heavy smoker and anxiety ridden shell of the young man he used to be. When Mia left him his heart broke into too many pieces to reassemble. He’s struggling with his band, music and life in general.
The stars must have been aligned right for Adam, because his life is about to change in a way he never thought possible. And of course, Mia is involved.
This was a great listen and I really enjoyed the story being told in first person from Adam’s perspective. Gorman has quality characters in both him and Mia for this young adult series. I think this would be a great listen for high schoolers and college students. The story is complex but Gorman’s writing makes things so easy to follow and become engrossed.
Narrator Review: This audiobook did catch me by surprise since we switched from a female narrator in If I Stay to a male in this audiobook, but it was a good switch. Dan Bittner did a terrific job of narrating and giving voices to Adam and Mia’s characters.
Disclosure: I downloaded this audiobook from Audible.com. That said, all opinions are mine and mine alone.