Teens’ Top Ten is a â€œteen choiceâ€ list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Each day during the month of May, The Hub will feature a post about Teens’ Top Ten. Be sure to check in daily as we visit past winners and current nominees!
Yesterday’s post mentioned that many TTT titles go on to have sequels, today’s post features one of them, Where She Went by Gayle Forman.
Every so often a book burrows into your psyche and you fall in love with the characters and miss them terribly when the book is over. Gayle Forman’s book, If I Stay, a 2010 Teens’ Top Ten book, was like that for me. Forman is brilliant at character development. Mia and her quirky family felt real to me. I had high expectations for Where She Went, and Forman surpassed them all. We see Adam and Mia again in the future. They are no longer together, which is hard to read, seeing how If I Stay ended. The story is three years after she woke up from her coma. Adam is the narrator now. He is a huge rock star, but Mia is not in his life and it is killing him. We spend much of the book wondering, painfully, what could have possibly happened to “Groovy and the Geek.” Mia is a virtuoso at Julliard, becoming a celebrity in the classical music world with her cello. Adam is self destructing. In Forman’s wonderful storytelling we see glimpses of what may have happened to get them to this place. One night Adam sneaks into her concert and the two are face to face after all these years and the reader is left to guess where the two go from here. We have no idea what Mia is thinking until the truth comes spilling out in a painful twist. The song lyrics written by Adam at the beginning of each chapter are a nice touch. This book has a beautiful and satisfying ending that had me in tears.
–Kris Hickey is reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
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