I’ve read two books so awesome in the past month that I had to rogue review both of them.
If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman
I actually found Where She Went at the library before If I Stay, but since I saw that Where She Went is a sequel, I wanted to read If I Stay first. If I Stay starts off fast and hard, with the main character, Mia’s, family all dying in a car accident within the first few pages. Mia, however, is left in a coma, and the rest of the book revolves around her decision to survive or die.
Where She Went takes place three years after If I Stay and is told from the perspective of Mia’s ex-boyfriend, Adam. While his band has exploded to fame since Mia’s accident, his mental state has deteriorated at the same speed, and he’s a wreck. This book chronicles his attempt to both reconcile the way his life currently is and the way he wishes it were.
I absolutely adored these books. They are, without question, the best books I’ve reviewed since I started doing these Rogue Reviews. I simply could not put either one down. I even went through the book discussion questions at the end of If I Stay because I was so into it. The conclusion to If I Stay also almost had me in tears, which, as I’ve mentioned before, is something that never happens to me when I read. I will say that If I Stay is better than Where She Went, but this is not to suggest that Where She Went is bad in any way. Gayle Forman’s writing is simply impeccable. She draws you in instantly and holds your attention until the last page. She is easily one of the best young adult authors I’ve ever had the privilege of reading. I cannot possibly recommend these books enough.