Lately, I’ve been feeling kind of iffy about sequels, and series, in particular. It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I always feel pressured to get the entire series when I find out that the book I’m reading is a part of a series. I like having more time with fun characters, but I am finding standalone books more and more attractive lately that I’d really rather read those than start reading a series that I’m not even sure I will like. Except maybe for the highly recommended ones.
However, I may make an exception for this one. If I Stay by Gayle Forman is one of my best reads for this year. It’s that kind of book that left me almost wanting for more, but also quite satisfied with how the story ended. I really wouldn’t mind leaving the story that way, but I also won’t think it’s an overkill if there would be some kind of sequel. Imagine my surprise and delight when I found out from Adele of Persnickety Snark that there will be a sequel for this book entitled Where She Went. :) Squee!
First, let’s look at the cover:
Gorgeous, isn’t it? It perfectly complements the paperback cover, and Mia looks so different and so…I don’t know, free?
And then the jacket copy (if you haven’t read If I Stay yet, major spoiler warning ahead):
My first impulse is not to grab her or kiss her or yell at her. I simply want to touch her cheek, still flushed from the nightâ€™s performance. I want to cut through the space that separates us, measured in feetâ€”not miles, not continents, not yearsâ€”and to take a callused finger to her face. I want to touch her to make sure itâ€™s really her, not one of those dreams I had so often after she left when Iâ€™d see her so clear as day, be ready to kiss her or take her to me only to wake up with Mia just beyond reach.
But I canâ€™t touch her. This is a privilege thatâ€™s been revoked.
Itâ€™s been three years since Adamâ€™s love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it . . . and three years since Mia walked out of Adamâ€™s life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliardâ€™s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck inÂ New YorkÂ by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Miaâ€™s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the futureâ€”and each other.
Told from Adamâ€™s point of view in the spare, powerful prose that definedÂ If I Stay,Â Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.
This is absolutely…wow. I’m guessing this will be told in Adam’s POV this time? I wonder what exactly happened that made Mia walk out of Adam’s life? Did she do what Adam told her at the end of If I Stay? What happened in between?
So many questions, and such a long wait until this gets released. Where She Went will be out on April 19, 2011. In the meantime, there was a Where She Went blog tour, which provided teasers for this book. The complete list can be found in Gayle Forman’s blog. This will definitely be one of the books I’ll be looking out for in 2011. :)