Where She Went (review & book discussion)

I knew I was going to love the book Where She Went, by Gayle Forman. Okay, so perhaps I didn’t actually know I would love it, but I had my suspicions.


There are rock stars and classical musicians and drugs and first class flights and busy city life and all sorts of things in this novel that I cannot relate to in any way whatsoever. The characters are also a good ten or so years younger than me, unmarried, and without children. So, I guess, this would not really seem like a natural book for me to relate to.


Oh, but I could.


You see, the two main characters, Adam and Mia, have a thing or two in common with my husband and me. You likely don’t know this, my friends, but there was a time, way back when, when my guy and I split up… not because we fought or “fell out of love” or any of that. But because I graduated. And he still had school. And I was in Connecticut while he was in Florida. And we just had things to take care of that didn’t seem to align while we were so far apart.


Still, we may not have been “together” anymore, but the import of the other was never lost. And when I ventured down to Florida to visit that fall? The pull between us was absolutely unstoppable. The connection we had couldn’t be ignored. There was something so much bigger than “us” and our wishes at play.


So, when I started reading about Adam and Mia, I couldn’t help but root for them. I couldn’t help but get caught up in their story and remember how much impact we try to let circumstance have on our emotions. And I couldn’t wait to see how it all played out for them.


I have always said that I can’t enjoy a novel if I don’t care about the characters. And, seeing such a strong parallel between my past and the lives of this couple, I could not HELP but care about them. I was so captivated by their story and wanted to see if it worked out like my own had.


How about you? Do you enjoy reading books when you see yourself in the characters? Or do you prefer a little more detachment or escapism? How do you take your heros? ;)


Join in the BlogHer book club discussions about Where She Went right here!

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.


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