This week’s Road Trip Wednesday! Best book of June!
This month was a bit slower in the reading department, mostly because of my vacation at the end of May, and OK, also because of the long slog that was the middle of BITTERBLUE. Good book overall, but man it got tedious for a while there.
However, because I’m far more generous than the Pulitzer Fiction committee, I will still award a best book for this month: WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman.
The sequel to Forman’s IF I STAY, which I absolutely loved, WHERE SHE WENT showed Adam and Mia further down their respective roads, after Mia has left Adam and Adam has become a rock star. These aren’t spoilers, as you pretty much learn all of this in the first chapter. The two reconnect for a single night in NYC, before both have to move on to their respective touring engagements–Adam to Europe and Mia to Tokyo.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story. Like every girl ever, I thought Adam was adorbs. Wounded, cynical rock star pining after a lost love? Yes please. I love me some tortured artists.
Forman’s prose had the same pitch-perfect emotional resonance from IF I STAY, and there were plenty of lines that I wished I had come up with myself. Adam’s grief is heartbreaking, not just from losing Mia but also from losing her family, who he had grown so incredibly close to.
However, in honor of full disclosure, it was a little strange for me to see them as actual young adults. Post-college. Building their lives. And I missed the focus on music that carried us so naturally through IF I STAY. The music was there, but the connection to the music was lost. Really, I’m not sure what it was, but I just felt like something was missing. I don’t know how much else I can say without giving things away, so I’ll stop here.
What was your favorite June read? Have you read WHERE SHE WENT? Did you love it?