I've read a lot of reviews of Where She Went, mostly good, some negative. The negatives all have to do with the language and content, not the writing or the story. To be honest, I don't even recall there being language in it. I think that might be because I listened to it instead of read it. I mean, think about it. How much more do you put up with on TV than you would in a book (here's a hint: it's a lot)? So, for me, the language was not an issue at all, but for some (better) people, it will be.
Where She Went is the follow up to If I Stay, a story about a prodigy cellist, Mia, whose family is involved in a car accident. They all die but her. While she is in a coma, she flashes back on her relationships with her family, friends, and boyfriend, Adam.
This book is written from Adam's perspective three years later--after his rock band has become successful and after Mia moved away and let their relationship fade into nothing. He can't understand why and lives recklessly because of it, because of his grief. Basically, he doesn't have closure, and they were so close in the first book that you wonder if he could ever even get it. During a chance meeting, the two reconnect and explore the whys and how comes of the past, hurtful three years apart.
I hadn't really planned to review this book here at Six Mixed, but, like with Eli from Along For the Ride, I can't get Adam out of my mind. The first book, If I Stay, is decidedly better than this one (this reads kind of like a long epilogue in the same way Enduring Light does), but Adam's story is more compelling than Mia's. His story does not have the shock and awe factor of Mia's accident, of her father's brains on the highway. It does not need that in order to entwine itself around your heart as each new layer of his emotions are revealed.
Unless you're squeamish about language, I highly recommend both of these titles to anyone interested in a character driven exploration of loss, grief, hope, unbreakable love, and how they affect relationships.