BHBC: Where She Went

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I have a surprisingly hard time with book reviews. I feel like no one reads them and no one cares and I don’t know if it is because of the books, the way they are written or the fact they are sponsored. I know there are more than a few people who skip/won’t comment/hate sponsored posts, but I don’t know how many people feel that way about book reviews.

I also wish I were from a y’all approved locale, because I really want to add “I sold my soul for twenty bucks y’all” to the end of that last paragraph. “It’s all about the bennies, yo” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

This month I’m reviewing Gayle Forman’s Where She Went. I must say, this book was weird. Well, the choice of this book was weird more than the book itself. The book was more generic young adult. It was a part two (book one is called If I Stay). Seems like a strange choice, I don’t know how many people are going to pony up for part one just to review the second. I would get it now, but somehow I feel like some of the suspense of the first might be ruined by having already read the second. I’M SO CONFLICTED.

So. The Book. Where She Went has all the makings of a young adult book I should like. I wanted to like it, but I am left feeling it was just ok. It’s the story of the unrequited love of a boy for his high school sweetheart. After high school, he became a wold famous rock star, she an accomplished cellist. I just didn’t buy their love as being that eternal-magical-wonderful. She has a tragic past! He sacrificed it all! Pretty people! Scandalous past! Everyone is just so sad. The CW should totally option this book and make a show. It would be perfect.

Oh, and the main character’s name is Adam Wilde because of course it is. His nickname is “Wildeman.” Really. I feel like this book could have used a stronger edit. Or maybe it is just for people who prefer to have absolutely no surprises in their books. I don’t know. This one has really left me a bit mystified as to how to recommend it. I would recommend borrowing it for sure, if your library or a friend has books one and two.


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


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7 Responses to “BHBC: Where She Went”

  1. Carolyn West says:

    I happen to love reading book reviews… I have done a bunch myself.


  2. I read book reviews if the book looks interesting/the reviewer seemed to like it. I am surprised that you could read the second without reading the first. I could NEVER do that. It would drive me nuts.


    Amy Reply:

    I only could because it was a paid review. If I bought the other book it would have been like doing the review for free.


  3. Rebecca says:

    I’m not from a ya’ll approved local and I say ya’ll all the time. It’s no big deal, eh?

    I’m all for book reviews. I’m trying to get back to being a person instead of just a Mama and reading is definitely a hobby that got pushed to the back burner.

    No more!

    I just started my fifth book of the year! Crazy!

    The point – I don’t have time to read crap. Bring on the book reviews!!


    Amy Reply:

    I should just do one final book review: READ THE NIGHT CIRCUS Y’ALL.


  4. Suz says:

    I sold my soul for the $20 yall!! :) I can say it for you! I have to say I enjoyed where she went more because I read if I stay first. Yes, it was predictable, but I was in the mood for a fairly fluffy book so I enjoyed it.


    Amy Reply:

    I think I just want it to be a tv show. I would watch the hell out of it.


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