Where She Went by Gayle Forman

A lot of reviewers preferred this more than the first book, If I Stay, so now I know why. It may be because it gives justice to the love story everyone’s been waiting for. But no matter how i look at it i still think that the first book is way better.

Where she went is told from the point of view of Adam after Mia’s miraculous recovery from her coma. So i know girls would like to know what goes inside the mind of the oh-so-cool-emo-rockstar Adam Wilde. As expected, Gayle Forman’s writing didn’t fail to capture the hearts of the readers.

We witness how Adam reaches the peak of his career and at the same time how his interest in it plummets down. It is heartbreaking to see Adam wallow in misery of letting Mia go when they took their separate ways, as if she is all he’s ever wanted in his life. However, the story lost its spark after this. Gone were the scenes that almost made me cry and made me rethink my life. Replaced by the scenes of how a rockstar led a crappy life and my hatred for the girl who left him out of the blue.

So what happened? It’s probably because the story focuses more on  the love between Mia and Adam. I mean there’s not much to write about because her family is already gone. I’m not against their love, actually, I was kind of glued to them, my heart flutters with Mia while reading if I Stay. But what i didn’t like is how the story unfolds, there’s not much conflict. You’ll sympathize with Adam but that’s just it. They were both just reluctant to admit that they love each other no matter what the circumstances are.

Well, I must say the sequel is good in its own way and didn’t disappoint me because I didn’t expect it to have a part 2. After Mia squeezed Adam’s hand, I just assumed that they’d live happily ever after. So I didn’t expect anything. But hey, a closure to their love story is better than an open ending.

 

 I give this book 3/5 stars!

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson is unfreakingbelievable!

Actually, i didn’t expect to like this for the plot itself is a giveaway that it talks of death, grief, or anything that would make a novel depressing. But reading it feels exactly the opposite! Jandy Nelson is such an incredible writer that even the simplest plot could turn into something beautiful, wonderful, touching and refreshing! The characters are so believable that although they have their own flaws and struggles bottled up inside, I was able to feel them, I was able to feel their grief for Bailey’s death. I understood what Gram must feel- she feels alone, ashamed for what she’s done, and longs for the return of her daughter. I wanted to remind her that she’s not alone, that it’s not her fault, and that she did a great thing in raising Lennie and Bailey. I wanted to tell Lennie that wherever her sister is, she’s already forgiven, that she shouldn’t feel guilty, there’s no need to write poems for Bails in every candy wrapper, in every piece of paper and scatter them all over town because she’ll always be by her side. I wanted her to soar and touch the sky, to do everything without hesitation and the lingering ghost of her past. That’s how emotionally caught up I am in the story.

I admire Joe, his Joelirius, and his batting eyelashes! Bat. Bat. Bat. I admire that he’s like the sunshine that lights up everyone’s sorrow. I’m just glad that Lennie ended up with him because it means that she’s embracing the change. I also enjoyed reading Sarah’s personality, she made me laugh with her hilariously exaggerated language — “Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat! That is so unfreakingfreakingfreakingfreakingbelieveable! Cows on the moon, Len! Cows. On. The. Moon!” — I seem to forget about Lennie’s dilemma whenever she spends time with her bestfriend.

I can say that I’m glad I read this novel because I learned so much, about life, about death, and about people. I feel enlightened after reading this emotional ride of a novel.

I’m just so in LOVE with this book..

I LOVE Joelirius!
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For One More Day by Mitch Albom

In life, committing mitakes is inevitable . Each day unfolds an unexpected turn that’s enough to make you yearn for the old days and undo all the damages. Then, realization strikes you that you can never have the upperhand in this. But what if something peculiar happens and fate itself gives you a day to null all your follies? Would you be willing to accept you sinful deeds?

For One More Day, a book by the bestselling author Mitch Albom revolves around this story. It is about treating your parents the way they should be treated and realizing that no matter how bad you mess up in life, there is this hope at the end of the road, waiting to be recognized. This heart-warming novel provides flashbacks from the protagonists. Charles “Chick” Benetto’s life has been falling apart since his childhood. his struggle to cope up with the divorce of his parents together with his frustrations in baseball deeply affects his outlook. He grew up longing to see even the slightest attention from his father who abandoned them. Disregarding his mother’s unselfsh and unconditional love, he lavished toomuch time trying to get the love of an absent father. but all of these changed when years later, his mother died. All the guilt and regret came flooding in. This brings him to a point when he attempts to take his own life. After that, the strangest thing happens. He gets the chance to be with his mother for a day which he has so yearned. That miraculous encounter gives him the wisdom to forgive himself. He finally realizes that in spite of his absences, his mother’s undisputable love will never cease. The good thing about this book is its capability to touch the reader’s hearts despite its simplicity. So you’ll end up asking yourself “Did I fail to appreciate the ones i love? I liked how some of the chapters are titled ” Times I Did Not Stand Up For My Mother” and “Times My Mother Stood Up For Me”, he stressed the events when he treated his mother unjustly and his mother’s heartfelt sacrfices for him. It also has some insightful lines that’ll surely influence the readers. Just like this one, ” I believe my mother saved my life, I also believe that parents, if they love you, will hold you up safely, above swirling water, and sometimes that means you’ll never know what they endure, and you may treat them unkindly, in a way you otherwise wouldn’t.” 


I recommend this book to everyone. It will certainly make you stop and reflect for a while. Just think about the hours you can devote being with you mother- it’s a lifetime. We might not get the chance to go back like Chick had. So it’s important to show your presence to your loved ones and make them feel special.