Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.
As they walk around New York together you can see and feel how neither of them has fully healed. They still have wounds that I think only having the other around can fix for them. You really feel for Adam in this book, I just wanted to read in and hug him, he is so unhappy with the way things are and has lost his love for his music which I hated. Music meant so much to him and seeing he had fallen out with it broke my heart! I wanted him to find his love for music and for life again.
I also fell back in love with Mia too. At the beginning, before I understood where she was coming from, I hated her for what she did to Adam and the damage it caused him. As the book progresses and I read more of her I saw that she really had no other option at the time but it also helped to break her more. I truly believe these two needed to see each other more than they realised.
As I got further into the book I had no idea how it was going to end. I really wanted Adam and Mia to get back together, but I didn't see a way they could make it work. Adam had a tour to take part in and so did Mia but I was rooting for them with all my heart. I wanted them to be together again more than I ever have wanted it for two characters in a book.
There's a point in this book I loved and that was toward the end when Adam was at Mia's house. They both fall asleep on the couch and I loved that moment, getting to see them have this normalcy again surrounded by a past that they both lost in the form of pictures of Mia's family. And then there's what follows when you find out how much Adam has always meant to Mia and how she has followed and kept one of his most treasured possessions safe.
I won't ruin the end and tell you if they find their way back to each other but I will say that this book is a beautifully written and loving tale of two young people who are trying to find their way in life.