Late to the Game [6] If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Late to the Game is a series I do featuring books that everybody and their mommy have read…except me. The thing is 99% of the time I have these books but they have just been pushed back on my TBR pile. This won’t be a review of sorts seeing how everyone already knows the basics of the story but more of what I felt and how it affected me. I’ve dedicated this feature to try to put a dent in my pile and also to see if they live up to the hype…good and/or bad.

If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Format: purchased
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis [If I Stay]
On a day that started like any other. Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she'll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, and loving.

Synopsis [Where She Went]
It's been three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life. And three years he's spent wondering why. When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.

Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good - or can you really have a second chance at first love?

My Thoughts
Talk about heart wrenching! If I Stay will pull at your heart strings like no other book I swear. It’s a story of strength and a love that’s like no other. I dare you read this and NOT feel something….anything! Where She Went picks up a few years later and is told by Adam’s view point. 
Mia and Adam’s love is like no other I’ve read. The love is so grand and powerful that you completely forget that they are very young. It will stand the test of time because you know it’s real, it’s meant to be, it’s simply something that can’t be denied.
When I read that it was being made into a movie I was like NO!! Let’s be honest film hasn’t been too kindly to novels. However after seeing that Chloe Grace Moretz was cast as Mia I was convinced this would be awesome, she is one of my faves she can’t really do wrong in my eyes. Plus after seeing the trailers…OMG I was done. If I can ball my eyes out in a 2 minute trailer I will be a wreck once I see the whole film. While the film looks like it will be true to the book and awesome I HIGHLY encourage anyone who hasn’t to read the books now before the movie comes out, you won’t be disappointed although you may be kicking yourself that it took you so long to read it to begin with.


  1. I absolutely loved If I Stay! I loved Where She Went a little less, but it was still a great conclusion. This book definitely killed me, and I know the movie will, too. Great review!

  2. Thanks Krissy! Yeah the first book is usually the best but as a series its fab.

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  4. If I Stay just killed me when I read it. I haven't read If I Stay and Where She Went until recently too. And the movie looks awesome! I actually got the chance to meet Jamie Blackley (Adam) and he seems perfect for the part. Gayle actually said that she was a part of the making process which makes me really excited!!

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    1. How exciting that you met him! I cant wait to see the movie.

  5. I know tons of people loved this one, but If I Stay seemed excessively YA to me. I'm not a huge YA reader, but do like occasional YA books as long as they don't feel too YA to me. This one did, unfortunately. I never made it to the second one :(

    1. I wasn't that into YA until recently. I know what you mean but I loved this one. I glad that you gave it a chance though.