Where She Went (If I Stay #2)

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

It’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.

Thoughts:

I really liked If I Stay and have been meaning to read the sequel for so long now. I finally got around to reading it and I’m pleased I did. It was such an emotional read. It is told from Adam’s point of view which is lovely to read. I enjoyed reading from Mia’s point of view in the first book, but it felt important to me to learn how Adam was feeling.

In If I Stay, Mia loses her family. Adam also struggles with the loss of Mia’s family because he was incredibly close to them too. Since the loss of Mia’s family, Adam rockets to fame in a band. Adam experiences severe anxiety and ends up crumbling under the pressure of fame. Adam is still reeling from Mia disappearing on him. He still thinks of her, despite being in a new relationship. The relationship is not working but Adam is sticking with it, despite his girlfriend feeling he’s still into Mia. It’s so lovely to read from Adam’s point of view. We know that Mia experienced a lot of loss and her life completely changed. Everyone treads on egg shells around Mia, not wanting to upset her. I felt like Adam’s grief is pretty much forgotten. He’s sad and unhappy with what happened. He’s miserable in his current relationship and with the fame he’s experiencing. It’s all so heart-breaking.

One night, Adam comes across Mia playing a show. He goes and then ends up spending some time with her as they get ready to go their separate ways. Adam has to go meet up with his band and Mia is going to Tokyo to play in a concert. This is where the story becomes a little bit predictable. I knew how things were going to end up. Yet, I didn’t mind because I WANTED them to reconnect.

I love Mia and Adam as characters and thought this was a really cute story to read. I’d highly recommend reading this dualogy if you haven’t already!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A really engaging follow up to If I Stay! Worth reading!

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Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about the books we want to get to this summer. I’m going on a summer holiday this year (woohoo- reading holiday with Beth!) and so I’m going to take my kindle and try to get some books read from there. I don’t want to be carrying loads of books in my suitcase! Here are ten books I’d like to get to this summer.

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Hating Game

I’ve heard such good things about this book! I’m super excited to see if it’s as good as people say it is!

On My Life

I enjoyed Angela Clarke’s social media trilogy so I’m intrigued to read this one!

From Twinkle, with Love

Reading this book on the beach/by the pool? Sounds perfect to me!

Famous in a Small Town

I’ve heard good things about this author! Super intrigued to read this one. It screams summer to me!

Girls with Sharp Sticks (Girls with Sharp Sticks, #1)

I have enjoyed Suzanne Young’s books before, so I’m interested to see what this one is like!

Our Year of Maybe

This sounds like a fabulous book and I really enjoyed the author’s debut, so I have high hopes for this one.

Soulmates

I really like Holly Bourne’s writing, so I’m looking forward to this one!

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

This just looks like a fabulous summer read!

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

I have been meaning to read this book for years. It’s time to finally get it read…

Call Me Star Girl

I’ve heard good things about this book too! Looking forward to it.

What are you hoping to read this summer? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Way

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

If I Stay

Synopsis:

Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from home to find the boy that he loves, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City after a family tragedy leaves him isolated on the outskirts of Washington state. After the three of them collide in Central Park, they slowly reveal the parts of their past that they haven’t been able to confront, and together, they find their way back to who they’re supposed to be.

Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Gayle Forman’s If I Stay and do need to read more of her books. When I heard about I Have Lost My Way I wanted to read it. It certainly sounded like my sort of thing.

I Have Lost My Way centres around three teenagers who come quickly into one another’s lives when they need a friend the most. There’s Freya, who is tipped to become mega famous down to her beautiful voice, Harun, a Muslim who is about to leave his home to find a wife and finally Nathaniel who is visiting New York for the first time. What’s interesting about these characters are that they’ve all lost something. They’re searching for their place in the world and each one of them has a battle to face. It is their developing friendship that enables them to confront the past and move forward for the future. The story takes place over 24 hours but I believe it packs a powerful punch!

I really enjoyed the characters in this story. It is a short, fast-paced read, so if you want to know all the characters deeply, then it’s not the book for you. However, I felt like I knew enough about them to root for them and want them to find their place in the world. I loved how it flipped between the past and the present for the characters. It makes the reader realise what has gone on in the character’s life.

If you’re looking for a decent, slightly deeper YA read then I would highly recommend Gayle Forman. She is a wonderful writer. It’s a powerful read that covers some very important topics.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book! Deeper than you might think!

This Week In Books #148

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

I Have Lost My Way

I’m about halfway through this book and really want to finish it tonight! I’ve just had such a busy week.

THEN

Before I Find You: Are you being followed?

I wasn’t a massive fan of this book, but it was a decent enough read. It was a slow paced book… I rarely do well with those!

NEXT

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

This book has been on my TBR for over a year. It’s time to read it!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week we are thinking about books we want to read in Spring 2019. I decided to go for my next 10 on my bookshelves.

I Have Lost My Way- Gayle Forman

I Have Lost My Way

Looking forward to this book! I may have read it by the time this list comes out!

It Only Happens In The Movies- Holly Bourne

It Only Happens in the Movies

I love Holly Bourne’s writing, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this.

Restore Me- Tahereh Mafi

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but I’m still excited to read it!

Learning To Breathe- Janice Lynn Mather

Learning to Breathe

I’ve heard good things about this!

A Very Large Expanse Of Sea- Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Can’t wait to read this!

A Spark Of Light- Jodi Picoult

A Spark of Light

I’ve heard good things… I like her writing!

Roar- Cecelia Ahern

Roar

I’m not usually a fan of short stories, but I am a fan of Cecelia.

Fat Girl On A Plane- Kelly deVos

Fat Girl on a Plane

Again, good things heard!

The Kiss Quotient- Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1)

I’m very intrigued by this book.

Two Can Keep A Secret- Karen M. McManus

Two Can Keep a Secret

I hope I like this one!

What are you hoping to read this Spring? Let me know!

 

This Week In Books #147

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

Before I Find You: Are you being followed?

I was meant to read this book last week, but then two other books took priority. I’m going to start this one tonight. Looking forward to it!

THEN

The House on Half Moon Street (Leo Stanhope, #1)

This book surprised me. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I’m not a massive fan of crime, but this one was different. My ‘Talking About’ review with Beth will be coming out, hopefully, sometime next week!

NEXT

I Have Lost My Way

I have heard good things about this book! I’m looking forward to reading it.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Looking Ahead- This Month’s TBR (March)

Welcome to my Looking Ahead post for March. In February, I nearly managed to read all of the books on my TBR post.

Here are this month’s books! Thanks to Tina over at Reading Between The Pages for hosting! As ever, click on the book image, if you want to add it to your Goodreads TBR!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Goodreads Synopsis:

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink ever weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled existence. Except, sometimes, everything…

I am currently reading this book and I’m hoping to get a good chunk of it read tonight, during my reading night with my sister, Beth. ❤

I Have Lost My Way

Goodreads Synopsis:

Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from home to find the boy that he loves, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City after a family tragedy leaves him isolated on the outskirts of Washington state. After the three of them collide in Central Park, they slowly reveal the parts of their past that they haven’t been able to confront, and together, they find their way back to who they’re supposed to be. Told over the course of a single day from three different perspectives, Gayle Forman’s newest novel about the power of friendship and being true to who you are is filled with the elegant prose that her fans have come to know and love.

I am intrigued to read more from Gayle Forman. I see this has mixed reviews on Goodreads but I’m excited to check it out.

Uncle Bobby's Wedding

Goodreads Synopsis:

Bobby and Jamie are getting married, but Bobby’s niece Chloe is worried that she won’t be his favorite person anymore. Will Uncle Bobby still think she is special? Sarah Brannen’s warm story is set in an alternative family as Uncle Bobby marries his boyfriend. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding embraces Bobby’s relationship with Jamie, but keeps its focus where it truly belongs: on an uncle and niece’s love for each other.

Beautifully told and charmingly illustrated, this simple yet moving story begs to be read time and again.

I am excited to read this cute book for our Banned Books feature. I imagine it’s banned because it contains LGBT characters. *sigh*

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)

Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s not everyday you find yourself in combat with a half-lion, half-human.

But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive…

We return to Percy Jackson for our kid-lit feature. I’m looking forward to this one.

What are you reading this month? Let me know!