REVIEW: If I Stay/Where she Went

I, Kendra, really enjoyed If I Stay, and its sequel Where She Went by Gayle Forman. The love story between Mia and Adam captivated me from the very beginning, and was moved by Mia’s tragedy.

The novel, If I Stay, begins with the car crash they changes Mia’s life forever, and is then followed be a series of flashbacks retelling her life. Adam enters the picture as the hot musician who swoops in, and steals Mia’s heart.

The story continues with Mia’s out-of-body experience, and her experiencing everything that happens post-car crash. She then must decide if she wishes to stay on earth with Adam, or pass on to be with her family.

In the novel Where She Went, Mia and Adam are living two separate lives after the accident with Mia and her family. The two were torn in different directions, with Mia going to Julliard, and Adam going on tour with his band.

Over the three years apart, the two have had time to come to terms with what has happened. However, while Mia is progressing forward, Adam is on a downward spiral. The two eventually bump into each other and try to give their relationships another chance.

IfIStay-reviewKendra’s Review:

As previously stated, I really enjoyed these novels. I usually have a thing for musicians, so it was no surprise that I was rooting for Mia and Adam to end up together. The first novel was extremely heart-wrenching and tragic.

While Mia and Adam attempt to patch their lives back together after the accident, they must also decide whether or not they want to be together.

This novel was a quick read, and thoroughly enjoyable. I knew I wouldn’t be able to put the books down until I knew the outcome of their relationship.


Like Kendra, I also have a thing for musicians (it’s how we bond),  so it was no surprise that I liked Adam’s character.

I actually read If I Stay after watching the movie which I had won ticked to a screening of in Vancouver back in 2014. After watching the movie, I knew I had to read the book and then I found out about the sequel and obviously ended up buying both books at the same time.

I loved If I Stay and for some reason really connected with Mia despite novels such as these (e.g. The Lovely Bones), but I couldn’t put down If I Stay the entire time I was reading. Then there was the cliffhanger ended and I knew I’d have to read Where She Went immediately.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find that same emotion and desire to devour Where She Went quite like its predecessor. I enjoyed it and was continuously rooting for Mia and Adam, but I wasn’t as emotionally invested in the story.

But that’s not to say the story wasn’t realistic. I’m not surprised Mia and Adam went their separate ways. After going through something such as what Mia did, I’d probably want to start fresh as well.

But I am a sucker for starcrossed lovers.

You’ll see that soon enough in our upcoming double review for Forman’s other companion novels, Just One Day and Just One Year.


REVIEW: The Night Circus

The circus arrives without warning; and so did this book on my shelf.

For those who have read Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, you’ll get that reference, I’m sure. But I’m serious. I don’t ever really remember buying this book. I just know it’s been on my shelf for years and has made it through two moves (one from the third floor to my old library in the basement, and then second when I moved to Vancouver Island.  Continue reading REVIEW: The Night Circus