- Honestly, I picked this book up first, then scrambled to get If I Stay. The cover on this book is gorgeous and, even if I hadn’t seen amazing reviews, I probably would have picked it up.. just because.
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- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Summary from GoodReads:
t’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future – and each other.
Yesterday I talked about If I Stay – the first part of Mia’s story, told from her point of view. Now, today, I want to talk about Where She Went, told from Adam’s point of view.
If I Stay impressed me. Where She Went knocked me down and took my breath away. I was worried that it would pick up right away from where Mia’s story left off, but Gayle Forman knew better – she let time and it’s healing process speak loudly in the silence between books. It was perfect.
I felt gut-wrenching pain for Adam, for his loss, for Mia’s loss, for the lack of connection, the lack of answers, the lack of resolution for both of them. But then Gayle Forman did something magical – she brought the two of them together in an electric scene that had my fingertips tingling – and not in that silly romantic way. I could feel the pain and anger and frustration and I wanted to scream to let out the feelings that Adam’s pain gave me. I am getting chills just writing this and remembering.
I never know how to end really positive reviews. Sometimes I feel like giving this huge cheesy thumbs up and telling you to run out and read the books, sometimes I feel like smacking you over the head with a book and shouting READ READ READ – but I won’t do that here. Instead I’ll just say that these books, this book in particular, woke some very strong emotions in me and had me asking myself some very hard questions. A
And that’s a very good thing.
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