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Top Ten Tuesday: Author Duos I Want

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there is a certain theme assigned where you have to try to list ten for that category. For more information, visit their page here.

October 13: Top Ten Author Duos that You Would Love to See

This was a bit harder for me, so I wasn’t thinking realistically. I choose concepts authors are good at in their books and paired them with authors and their concepts. I kept a list of just a couple of authors so it was easier, so that’s why there are many of the same authors on here (most with very popular books)

  1. John Green and Gayle Forman: This book would break my heart into a billion pieces.
  2. Morgan Matson and Rainbow Rowell: Cuteness Overload, am I right?
  3. Lynette Noni and Sarah J. Maas: These two are the queens of world building.
  4. Marissa Meyer and Rick Riordan: They both deal with recreations…it would be perfect.
  5. Alexandra Bracken and Veronica Roth: These two could build a great dystopian.
  6. J.K. Rowling and John Green: Magical heart-break
  7. Stephanie Perkins and Gayle Forman: Best contemporary ever.
  8. Rainbow Rowell and John Green: PLEASE

I could only think of 8 duos. I promise next week’s TTT will be much better.

 

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Contemporary Authors You Have to Read

A post that should’ve been out last week:

With Valentine’s Day coming up this weekend, I decided to do a few contemporary and romance posts. This orginally started off as being contemporary books you must read, but I recognized a trend of authors on my list and changed it. Now I have many books from most of these authors, and if I haven’t, I have seen many great things surrounding their books. This isn’t ranked in any specific order.

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If you read any sort of ya contemporary book, and you haven’t heard of Rainbow Rowell, I’m convinced you live under a rock. You see Eleanor & Park everywhere, and I talk about Fangirl quite a bit on here. I have a sample of Attachments on my kindle and I loved it, so I will be buying that soon! Her latest book is Landline, and I beleive it came out this past summer. I think many people would agree with me and say that Rainbow Rowell is a must read contemporary author. Her new book is called Carry On and for those of you who have read Fangirl, you guessed right. She decided to write her own version of Simon and Baz’s story. For  more information on her new book, check out this post!

 

 

 

 

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You can not truly read the Best of YA contemporary without reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. For the msot part, people I have talked to really like this book. It is very predictable, but it is the perfect romance book to read after reading a really emotional book. Lola and Isla are both very good as well, but Anna is my favorite with Lola at a close second. Also, I really love the covers of these book, and I think that are much better now that they are changed. If you haven’t given these books a try yet, definitely do so!  I actually had this blog when Isla and the Happily Ever After, so here is my review!

 

 

 

 

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This is another woman that write absoluely amazing contmeporary books. If I Stay isn’t a complete romance and deals with other topics, however there is a ton of Romance in it and it’s sequel Where She Went. I absolutely adored the first book and it is definitely a favorite, so much that I even did a review on the movie that came out last August. I read Just One Day awhile ago, and it is a very romantic book that takes part in Paris, which makes it so much better. She also just came out with I Was Here which is a more emotional book that features very dark topics. There is also some romance thrown in that book as well.

 

 

 

Jenny Han

PicMonkey Collage jhI constantly hear people talk about The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy all the time. However, I actually haven’t read it myself. I’m not sure when or if I will just because there are so many other books to read. But I can say that Jenny Han is a great writer, because I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and it was amazing. Probably my favorite contemporary I last year besides Fangirl. I wrote a whole review on it, and I actually have a post coming up about it soon (: If you are looking for a contemporary author to read, Jenny Han is defintiely someone to turn to.

 

 

 

 

Jennifer E. Smith

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This is actually the only author on this list that I haven’t read. Apparently they are like super great and just pure romance and happiness. I unfortunately have yet to expeirence this romance and happiness, because I have no idea why I haven’t read a Jennifer E. Smith book. If I made a list of authors I am surprised I haven’t read, she would be on it. Mainly because I love the striking look of her covers. Seriously, how can you avoid these in the store!

 

 

 

 John Green

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If you have a list of contemporary authors, you can’t forget John Green. I feel I don’t need to do much explaining for this one. Obviously, The Fault in Our Stars is a big read, but don’t forget his other books as well. I’ve read Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, and they were both wonderful. Yes, John Green can make you very sad, but the romances in his books are some of the best!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I Was Here Review by Gayle Forman

Author: Gayle Forman

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Release Date: January 27

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

“After Meg drinks a deadly chemical in a hotel room, Cody is left to wonder why. She learns that the best friend she thought told her everything had actually hid many things. I Was Here is a story that shows the emotional  journey one girl takes to know her friend after she leaves her.”

 
I thought that I Was Here was overall a pretty interesting story. There were things I loved about it, things I wish didn’t happen, and things I wanted more of. This review will have many spoilers, so if you haven’t read I Was Here by Gayle Forman, I would suggest reading it and then coming back!

 
One of the best things in  this story is the surprising things you learn about Meg. Everything from the cats to Ben Mcallister, all these things that Cody learns helps us create Meg as a character. Normally when I read a book, I can kind of get of sense of where the plot is going and predict what might happen. In no world would I have ever seen the “suicide support group” twist coming. When this is revealed the whole entire book gets much darker and it starts to get better.

 
While first reading it, I wished that the reader could see more of Meg. Even if there was just a chapter before everything had happened. However, as I went on, my decision made a complete switch. Gayle Forman was able to paint this picture of Meg and give us her personality even though she is not physically in the story. All we know about her thoughts on life are just implied. We never truly see into her mind and what was going on when everything was happening, which is very true when it comes to real life.

 
One thing I didn’t care for was the Cody/Ben romance. I understand that they were both connected and as characters, they had to change over the course of the story. However, I don’t think it was necessary to add the romance. They hated each other at first, so if they grew into really good friends throughout the plot, they still would have had changed feelings. I Was Here had bigger things to focus on, and the romance was a distraction from it.

 
Unfortunately, when reading this book, it didn’t feel like a Gayle Forman book. I can’t explain this in the best way, but Gayle’s writing style in If I Stay made me fall in love with the book. Not only this, but I was also more connected to the If I Stay characters, and I cared more about what happened to them. It’s not that I didn’t like Cody or the other characters, they just didn’t seem very real on paper.

 
In the end, I thought that I Was Here was a pretty good book. I mainly loved it because it took a turn I never saw coming, and left you feeling kind of creeped out. Every part with the All_BS user was calm but very creepy. He just had this effect on people, and for a moment, I believed that Cody might be suicidal as well. That to me is what made this book. The main reason I picked this up was because it was a Gayle Forman book, but many people that like books that deal with dark issues like suicide, they would really enjoy I Was Here.

 

 

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January Book Haul

January Book Haul

In the month of January, I actually required a couple of books. This is abnormal for me, because I will rarely get so many physical book copies in a month, as I buy books on my kindle as well. However, since this month was my  birthday month and I have a much bigger shelf, I got more physical books. I will give you more information about each book below, and it will be from left to right.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
All Violet wants is to graduate and move away from her small town. Theodore just wants to die. As Goodreads describes it, All the Bright places is a perfect mix of two bestsellers The Fault in our Stars and Eleanor & Park.

When I first read about this book when writing my January Releases Post, I was intrigued by it. I feel like I will either really love it or it’ll be a complete flop. We’ll see!


I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Cody thought she knew everything about her best friend Meg. However, after Meg commits suicide in a hotel room, Cody is left to find the answers. Everything she thought she knew about her is gone and she discovers many things her ‘best friend’ never told her about.

Of course I picked this book up, it’s from Gayle Forman!


Fairest by Marissa Meyer

This is a bridge story between Cress and Winter by Marissa Meyer. So far, all we know about Queen Levana is how she uses her ‘glamour’ to gain power over people. That is, until now. Meyer has finally written the story of Queen Levana and it is definitely a must-read for fans of the series.

I am absolutely obsessed with the Lunar Chronicles, and this makes me even more excited for Winter!


Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson 

Before Sloane came into her life, Emily didn’t do anything. She wasn’t the one for partying and adventures. Just when she was preparing for a great summer, her best friend Sloane just disappears without a trace. The only thing she left was a list of crazy random things from picking apples at night to dancing until daybreak that Emily needed to complete that summer.

After I read the synopsis, this was another book I was intrigued with. It looks like a really fun summer contemporary, but i don’t know if I can wait that long to read it!


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Samantha was just done celebrating Cupid Day, a day for partying that guaranteed you to be popular, when she died in a terrible crash. However, she didn’t die. Well technically she did, but she relieves that day 7 times, noticing many different things.

I honestly haven’t heard anyone talk about this book. I knew it existed and knew the overall story, but I can’t remember if people liked it or not. Guess I’ll be the judge of that.


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

It’s Nick and Amy’s anniversary, when suddenly Amy goes missing. Nick isn’t helping himself out as he keeps on imaging her there. However, after reading into Amy’s diary, a whole new perspective is given. Everyone thinks that Nick killed her, but he still pleads innocent. But if it wasn’t him, who else could it be?

I’m kind of excited, yet kind of nervous for this one. I haven’t read any thrillers/mysteries in a while and I just hope this one is good!

Well those are the 6 books I got this month! I don’t expect to do this every month obviously, but I may start doing something like this after I buy a few books. Maybe something like every two months, and include kindle books? I’m not sure yet…

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2015 Most Anticipated Books (Jan-June) PART 1

I finally made up my list of the most anticipated books of 2015. Of course there are many great books that people are looking forward to that are coming out in 2015, so I narrowed it down to the 1st half of the year (January-June). However I found 16 total books, and I am breaking it into 4 posts. I am doing this so

JANUARY

Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall  (Jan 13)

This story takes place in a future dystopia, where there is a very powerful secret society called the Circle. This society believes that Avery is the key to an old prophecy and that she can fix everything. Avery must unravel the mystery by traveling all over with two boys in the Circle by finding clues. However after time, it is evident that these clues could possibly start World War 3. Not only that, but the boys hold some secrets of their own as well. Avery has a huge decision; chose the boy that will help her save the world, or choose the boy she is falling in love with?

Fairest by Marissa Meyer  (Jan 27)

This is a bridge story between Cress and Winter by Marissa Meyer. So far, all we know about Queen Levana is how she uses her ‘glamour’ to gain power over people. That is, until now. Meyer has finally written the story of Queen Levana and it is definitely a must-read for fans of the series. Not only that, but there is a 3 chapter Winter excerpt in the back, so that makes it even better.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman   (Jan 27)

Cody thought she knew everything about her best friend Meg. However, after Meg commits suicide in a hotel room, Cody is left to find the answers. Everything she thought she knew about her is gone and she discovers many things her ‘best friend’ never told her about. Like her room mates, Ben McAllister, and the secret computer file. This is a great book for fans of other Gayle Forman books.

 

FEBRUARY

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard  (Feb 10)

A very anticipated debut novel that is set in a world that is divided by blood. Literally. There are the silver-blooded people that have special powers and rule the world. Then there are the red-blooded, which is the majority, who spend their life serving the Silvers. However, everything is turned around when Mare, a seventeen year old Red, has powers that can overturn the whole system. I have a whole post that explains more about this highly anticipated book here.

Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead  (Feb 10)

This is the final book in Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series. Syndey and Adrian’s secret romance is discovered and now the Alchemists and the Moroi are mad. In this epic finale, someone they both care for is in danger, and Syndey risks everything to hunt down the enemy. While that is going on, Adrian is engrossed with a secret that could shake the Moroi world completely.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga  (Feb 10)

Aysel is ready for it all to be over. The seventeen physics obsesses girl is constantly plotting her own death. She wants to get away from everyone, but isn’t sure if she can do it alone. That is until she find “Suicide Partners” a website where she finds Roman, a guy who wants to die like her. As they grow closer, Aysel isn’t sure is she still wants to go through with their suicide pact, but before she stops it, she has to convince Roman to stay with her.

 

MARCH

Mosquitoland by David Arnold  (Mar 3)

In this book described as an American Odyssey, Mim is taken from her home in Ohio and is forced to move with her dad and new step-mom in Mississippi. However, when she hears her mom is sick back home, she gets on a bus and heads straight back. She meets many different travelers along the way, and when some unexpected obstacles come in the way, Mim is forced to deal with her own problems.

We All Looked up by Tommy Wallach  (Mar 21)

As the asteroid is coming toward Earth, there are 4 high school seniors are putting everything on the line. Peter is the basketball star is worried, Eliza is ready to escape her reputation in Seattle, Anita (the perfect one) is wondering is the prestigious college is worth sacrificing her dreams, and Andy just doesn’t care. However, with the asteroid quickly coming toward them, they no longer have to worry about their future, but how they will spend their limited present.

 

 

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes  (Mar 24)

Max thought that faking permission slips and cover stories for his classmates would be great, especially since he didn’t like the truth much anyway. He and some friends start Liars, Inc. where they are paid to do many different things. When one member, Preston, wants to meet up with a girl he met online, Max didn’t think it would be a big deal. That is until Preston never came home. Now, all signs point to Max as the murderer. Will he be able to find the true killer before he is swept into jail?

 

Well there is the first nine books of the eighteen that are coming out between January to June. Of course, I can’t put ever anticipated book or my fingers would fall off, but if you know one coming out these next 6 months, please leave a comment down below!

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January 2015 TBR

It’s a brand new year with brand new books! Today I will be talking about the books I want to read in January and some of the books coming out that I find interesting.

First off we have to do the Monthly TBR drawing from my jar. For the month of January, my theme is……… Read a Classic!

 

 

 

 

 

For my classic book, I have decided to read Macbeth by Shakespeare. Yes, I know this is technically a play but I have the book and can read it, therefore it counts. I started reading it the other day and I followed along with an audio version. Not only that, but the copy I bought has the original on one side, and an explained version on the other page. This helps when I come across something that doesn’t make much sense.

No matter what, I will definitely be reading I Was Here by Gayle Forman and Fairest by Marissa Meyer. They are two books that I have been waiting to read for some time now, and I am very excited that they are both so near! Of course they had to come out on the same day, so I will probably read whichever one I get first.

Now those three books are definitely ones I want to read in January, even though it may be hard since two come out on the 27th. After looking up releases in January, these books caught my eye.

  • Playlist for the Dead: I was very intrigued by the idea of this book when I was reading the summary. Although it may not be this month, I would love to read this book sometime.
  • All Fall Down: I have been waiting forever for another Ally Carter book and there finally is one. I loved the Heist Society books (I’m still waiting for the 4th one) and this one seems like it will be pretty interesting
  • All the Bright Places: I’m not sure about this one yet. I feel like this is a book that could be very good or the opposite. They say it is a mixture of The Fault in our Stars and Eleanor & Park, and while I adore those two books, it makes me nervous when things are compared to them.

Anyway those are my thoughts on January. I don’t have much on here because I don’t want to make myself read these if I don’t feel like it at the time. All I want is to read the books I feel like reading.

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Christmas Countdown Surprise!

Many of you know that I have been talking about My True Love Gave to Me for awhile now. I wanted to read it back when it came out, but then I decided to wait until Christmas. The other day I noticed how I had been reading book had barely put any reviews out at all! So I decided, I will read one story from My True Love Gave to Me each day on the 12 days of Christmas. Not only that, but I will also post some sort of review or thoughts on that particular story! I think this will be a very fun way to countdown to Christmas, and I will still have additional Christmas posts as well.

Here is the order of the stories:

December 14: Midnights by Rainbow Rowell

December 15: The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link

December 16: Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena

December 17: Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han

December 18: It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins

December 19: Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan

December 20: Krampuslauf by Holly Black

December 21: What have you done, Sophia Roth? by Gayle Forman

December 22: Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Mrya McEntire

December 23: Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White

December 24: Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter

December 25: The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

 

This is going to be super fun!

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Top Ten Tuesday: New Authors to Me in 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they give a bookish category and you have to try and pick your top 10 books. Check out their website at http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html

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This week the category was New-to-Me authors that I read in 2014. This easier compared to the last two weeks. let’s get started!

1. Rainbow Rowell: 2014 has brought many beautiful authors that I absolutely adore. I read Fangirl and Eleanor&Park this year and absolutely loves them. Fangirl became one of my new favorite books, and I actually just reread it the other day (not ashamed). I really want to read her two other books Attachments and Landline, and will definitely read all of her book to come

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Fangirl                                                                                           Eleanor & Park

2. Stephanie Perkins: Anna and the French Kiss was introduced to me this year and it was one of the best contemporary trilogys I have read before.

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

3. E. Lockhart: I read We Were Liars over the summer and it was beautifully and poetically written. I love Lockhart’s writing style and I would love to read her other works one day.

We Were Liars

4. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Now this one may seem a little off, but I read the Great gatsby this year, and it’s my favorite classic book (at least so far). I love the characters and all the symbolism and themes threaded throughout the novel.

The Great Gatsby

5. Laurie Halse Anderson: Another great book I read this year was Speak, and I was very shocked by the story. Laurie has many other deep, serious topics in her other books and those are high on my TBR list.

Speak

6. Marissa Meyer: Technically I read CInder like a week before 2014, but I’m still going to count it. I read Scarlet right after the new year and waited a month for Cress to come out and besides Harry Potter, the Lunar Chronicles is my favorite fantasty series.

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

7. Gayle Forman: This lady definitely surprised me. The summarys of her book sounded okay, but I was never very interested. However, after reading If I stay, I knew her books were much better than they were depicted to be.

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

8. Jane Austen: I am reading Pride and Prejudice right now, and I just really love the story.

Pride and Prejudice

9. Jenny Han: I was always very skeptical of Jenny Han, because I wasn’t intrigued by the Summer I Turned Pretty books at all, but To the Boys I’ve Loved Before was a nice, refreshing contemporary book.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

10. J.D. Salinger: I also read Catcher in the Rye this year and it was surprisngly much better than I expected it to be. Holden Caufield is the funniest character in the world.

The Catcher in the Rye

This list is made of many different authors, but these are just a few that I remember thorougly enjoying their books. There were many more but these are the stand-outs. Tomorrow it will officially be 15 days until Christmas, so let the Christmas posting begin! I am super excited and got some pretty fun stuff planned. Also witht the end of December comes the “Best of 2014” and the “What to read in 2015” posts, so those will come later on! What are some of your favorite new authors this year?

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Top Books I am Anticipating this Fall!

As many of you may know, Fall started just a couple days ago, and in honor of the new season, I decided to make a list of my most anticipated books of Fall! Now, this list won’t contain summaries, because those will be on the new release and tbr posts, but I will explain why I am looking forward to them. Let’s get started!

Blood of Olympus:

You probably know this already, but I am a huge Percy Jackson fan. I have been waiting for this book for a year now, and I am so excited. Blood of Olympus is the. last. Percy. Jackson. book. ever. Even though I am super sad it is the last story, I also have this little feeling of excitement in me. I can’t wait to read it and see how the series wraps up. It is one of my all time favorites.

My True Love Gave to Me:

I don’t think I have mentioned this on here yet, but the next book I can’t wait for is My True Love Gave to Me. It is a short story collection and it follows the 12 days of Christmas. You are probably thinking, Oh that’s not that big of deal, but just wait. So, each story is written by a different author, so you’d think it was maybe one or two big authors, and then some minor ones right? THAT IS NOT THE CASE FOR THIS BOOK. This book includes stories from RAINBOW ROWELL, STEPHANIE PERKINS, GAYLE FORMAN; ALLY CARTER, JENNY HAN, HOLLY BLACK, LAINI TAYLOR, AND DAVID LEVITHAN. Is that not the most beautiful list of authors in one book! I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Young Elites

I honestly don’t know much about this book, except that it is by Marie Lu and this group of people who have these mysterious gifts, and they call themselves the young elites. I mean that sounds amazing and I don’t even know much about it.

Oh and sorry this wasn’t posted earlier, I know two of these books are out already, and the post didn’t go through the first time. Sorry ):

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If I Stay Book-to-Movie Adaptation Review

She liked classical music. He was in a rock band, and was like the rest of her family. Mia and Adam were complete opposites, yet they were perfect for each other. Everything was great, until one afternoon. In just a couple of seconds, Mia’s whole life was changed. She has so many hard choices to make. How could she live a life without her family, but at the same time, how could she possibly leave Adam?

I saw If I Stay a while ago, and it looked pretty interesting. Then I found out that there was a movie in the making, and I made my decision. I didn’t want to have to wait months for one of my favorite books to be adapted, so I didn’t read it then. I decided a couple of days ago that I wanted to see the movie this weekend, so I decided to read the book finally. I have never been so happy of a decision before. It only took me a few hours to read the book, and immediately I read the sequel. Then a few days later, I saw the movie. I do not know what I would’ve done if I read this book months ago. I didn’t even want to wait a few days to see the movie, so waiting a couple months would’ve been torture.

Alright now we can get into the actually review of this adaptation.

First off, the lines in the movie were exactly the same from this book. I have never seen an adaption that followed a book so closely. It really like they didn’t have a script, they just had the book they were reading from. The movie followed the story amazingly. I was honestly nervous about how they would show all the flashbacks and the out of body experience, but they did it perfectly. I only had a one probably about the plot, and I will talk more about it later.

Secondly, the cast. They portrayed the characters so well, and it wasn’t just Mia and Adam. Kim, the Grandparents, Willow, and the Parents were all perfect. Kat and Denny (Mia’s parents) were one of my favorite parts of the book and movie. In normal YA books, the parents are just gone, while these parents were present the whole time. There wasn’t one character in the whole movie that didn’t feel right. The cast members were the characters.

This movie was filled with so many emotional parts. You laughed when the parents were hiding behind the window when Adam and Mia came back from their date, and you cried when the wreck happened. There are so many parts in this movie that were just so beautiful. I know these aren’t all, but here are some of my favorite emotional moments.

  • The whole wreck in general just tore my heart to pieces. The way you see how confused Mia is and her reactions when she learns that her parents and brother has died are heart-breaking.
  • The family and friends coming to see Mia in the hospital. When her Grandpa comes in and tells her that he understands he she wants to go, and that it’s okay to leave had me with tears rolling down my face. Also, when Kim comes in and says that she still has a family is she stays.
  • Finally, when Mia learns her parents and brother are dead, and she’s crying in the hallway.

One of my favorite parts in the movie is the whole montage at the end before she wakes up. The whole scene was cinematically beautiful. The way they showed all the memories at once and had both the cello and guitar playing in the background was an impacting moment in the movie. It was perfect at building up the suspense.

Finally, the only real problem I had was this movie was Adam talking to her. I know there were other things that were incorrect, like how her Dad dead on the scene or how her brother was at a different hospital, but Adam’s spill was very important. If they are planning on making another movie, they missed a KEY part. Adam never said that if she needed to erase them all, he would go away. That we would be okay as long as she lived. This is the main part of Where She Went, since she leaves Adam. My prediction is that if they make another movie, they will make some sort of flashback or mention it because I fell like it is imperative to the plot of sequel.

Well those are my thought on the movie. Of course I have many more, but I can only write down so many. Sorry if this review is a little late, it took me some time to get all my thoughts together. So how did you guys feel about this movie? What were you favorite and least favorite parts? Let me know!!