Ohgoodlord did this book hurt me.
Which, considering how I felt after reading If I Stay, should not have come as a surprise.
At the time, I found myself so terribly devastated by If I Stay, I was truly incapable of writing a review.
Where She Went, has left me feeling much the same. Gayle Forman is an author so talented, I feel that anything I might have to say about her novels, might somehow, diminish them.
Again I find myself struggling to formulate thoughts or words that might adequately convey the sheer enormity of emotion Gayle Forman’s writing seems to provoke from me. Her novels are breathtaking, poignant, gut wrenching and so very, very heartbreaking.
In the end, all I can really say to you is this…
If you wish to read a novel that will reach out with hands, both warm and icy, grip your shoulders tight, pin you to the chair and make you feel as though all the air has been sucker punched out of you, read If I Stay and Where She Went….you will never forget them.
But whatever you do, DO NOT read them both at once! You may never recover.
Stunning masterpieces of human emotion, both.
(Very Special Thanks, to my dear friend for sharing this novel and her experience of it, with me- you know who you are