where she went

thSometimes sequels stink.  Actually, if we are being honest, most times sequels stink.  A lot of stories aren’t meant to be continued, except in the minds of the readers.  But, Mia and Adam’s wasn’t done with if i stay.  It needed to be shared.  The pain, the struggle, doesn’t end just because you decide to stay.

Gayle Forman does a beautiful job of sharing their sequel, or “duet” with the readers.  From Adam’s point of view this time, each chapter begins with lyrics from one of his songs.  Time moves from past to present seamlessly.  Tears didn’t stop flowing from my eyes for the entire second half of the book.  And, unlike many books, with characters I have become attached to, the ending is enough.  I am content.  I still have that sad, empty feeling that comes with finishing a book/series. However, I am content.   I can not explain it like Adam…

Standing here, in this quiet house where I can hear the birds chirping out back, I think I’m kind of getting the concept of closure.  It’s no big dramatic before-after.  It’s more like that melancholy feeling you get at the end of a really good vacation.  Something special is ending, and you’re sad, but you can’t be that sad because, hey, it was good while it lasted, and there’ll be other vacations, other good times.  But they won’t be with Mia […]”

Sunday Letters 4.5.15

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Dear Spring Break,

You took long enough to get here!  I think I need you more this year than I ever have before.  And so far, you are not a disappointment!  I look forward to many more days of no plans, catching up on reading, and time with my #1 guy!

Your Fan,



Dear Gayle Forman,

I just finished if i stay this morning.  Although the story was beautifully written and an overall great read, I was most affected by THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY.  I was intrigued by how Mia and her story came to you, how her story was influenced by another family’s story.  I am fascinated to learn how characters and stories become the characters and stories that transport me to another place and time, at temporarily.  Thank you for sharing Mia’s story and your thought process.  I am on to the second book momentarily.

A content (yet melancholy) reader,