Young adult has been ruling my life aka pulling me back from the non-reading cliff and throwing me into all kinds of feelings about life again. It’s a really nice feeling to have.
If I’m being quite honest, If I Stay was not exactly my favorite young adult novel ever. I enjoyed the flashbacks that filled in the story while Mia was in a coma, but I didn’t necessarily like Mia’s voice. Unfortunately, I have this insane problem where it doesn’t matter if I dislike a book in a book in series. I have to complete the series - no matter how long it takes.
The first book follows Mia, who is in a coma following a car accident that killed the rest of her family. While in a coma, her boyfriend, Adam, sits at her bedside and begs her to come back to him. Where She Went picks up three years later, three years that have left Mia and Adam rightfully devastated in the aftermath of the accident. One moment of happenstance brings them together and forces them to come to terms with their pasts.
I started Where She Went yesterday afternoon and just finished it. The amount of depth and growth that are in Mia and Adam after spending three years apart is incredible. Adam’s voice felt more real to me and easier to understand and more reasonable than Mia’s ever did in the first book. And I think what I loved most is how realistic the progression of the characters is and how it took them being apart and figuring out things on their own before they could ever find one another again.
Gah, I just loved it. And not to spoil anything, but I totally OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG a thousand times over the guitar. It was just lovely.