Where She Went Analysis

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In Where She Went, a fictional sequel to If I Stay by Gayle Forman, ex lovers reconnect in a busy city known as New York. One of the lovers, Adam, is the narrator of the story as he shares his point of view about this heart-rending yet heart warming night of reuniting with his ex girlfriend, Mia.

Three years before the night of reuniting, Adam and Mia were struck with a catastrophe that ended their relationship. Mia Hall and Adam Wilde had lived in Oregon and were lovers in high school who both had a passion for music. Mia played her cello and dreamed of going to Julliard while Adam played in a band called “Shooting Star”. Everything changed when Mia had lost her family and slipped into a coma due to a car crash. After waking up and healing from the crash, Mia had moved to New York to go to school at Julliard. Adam was always there for her through her healing until after she moved to New York when she stopped communication with him completely. Adam found himself heartbroken, which led to him writing songs about it and his band became a popular rock band. His band later travels to New York and that’s
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When he did, she told him it was because she hated him, how she felt guilty that she wasn’t with the rest of her family, and said, “You begged me to stay [alive]. You stood over me and you made a promise to me, as sacred as any vow” (p. 189). She told him that when she was unconscious in the hospital, she was able to hear things around her. That’s why she heard him when he said to her in the hospital, “Maybe coming back to your old life would just be too painful, maybe it’d be easier for you to erase us… I can lose you like that if I don’t lose you today. I’ll let you go. If you stay [alive].” (p. 200). Mia acknowledged how it was unfair that she just abandoned Adam, but also how she expected him to understand because of the
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