August 15, 2013

Gayle Forman Read-along || Where She Went, Week 1

Where She Went - Gayle Forman
I'm so pleased to be a part of the Gayle Forman Read-Along that my friend Brittany is hosting from June-September. We tackled Sisters in Sanity with Judith, and have just finished If I Stay with Candice. And now it's my turn! I'll be covering Where She Went, the sequel/companion novel to If I Stay over the next month.

If you're interested in finding out more about the read-along, or signing up to join us, feel free to check out Brittany's kick-off post. There are three books left (Where She Went, Just One Day and Just One Year) so there's plenty of time (and reading material)!

As this is the kick-off week, I'll be posting my suggested reading schedule + the week one questions today. First, the schedule:

August 15-21: Chapters 1-6
August 22-28: Chapters 7-12
August 29-September 4: Chapters 13-18
September 5-11: Chapters 19-23

And here are the questions for week 1:

1. Adam has changed a lot since we last saw him in If I Stay. Any guesses as to what happened between him and Mia? Him and the band? In his personal life? What do you think of the "new" Adam we find in the first chapter?

2. How do you feel about Mia's determination to go to Julliard right away, instead of deferring for a year? Do you think it was the right decision for her to immediately leave the familiar, the scene of her greatest trauma and grief and head to an unfamiliar, new place?

3. What do you think of Mia and Adam's first reunion after three years? 

4. Grief strikes people different, as we see Adam grieving when he and Mia break up. Have you ever experienced the same intensity of grief? How did you survive it or move on from it? What do you think of Kim's role in helping Adam snap out of his grief?

5. Song lyrics can sometimes describe our feelings about situations completely, as Adam's lyrics for the songs on the Collateral Damage album describe his feelings after Mia dumped him. What are some song lyrics that describe feelings you've had or memories?

I hope you join me and the other hosts as we read our third Forman book for the next month. After finishing If I Stay, I'm very curious about what happens years later between Adam and Mia and am truly excited to find out!


  1. I'm so glad to hear you've read If I Stay! I think I enjoyed Where She Went just slightly more, but I'm looking forward to seeing what you think of it. Gayle Forman is definitely one of my favourite contemporary writers. :)


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