Gayle Forman Read Along: Where She Went – Week 1 Questions

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Hey everyone!! I’m participating in the Gayle Forman Read Along organized by the ever so wonderful Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide! We’re on to the third book of the read along, Where She Went. This portion of the read along is being hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books! This week’s questions focus on the first part of the book, pages 1-62.

1.  Adam has changed a lot since we last saw him in If I Stay. Any guesses as to what happened between him and Mia? Him and the band? In his personal life? What do you think of the “new” Adam we find in the first chapter?

 Adam most definitely has changed A LOT since we last saw him in If I Stay. Now he’s a hot-shot music artist travelling around the world on tours for his now famous bad, Shooting Star. As for what happened between him and Mia? Well, they went through a lot together, that’s for sure. They experienced things so young that many people will never have to deal with in their lives ever, and I can only imagine how much pressure that put on the two of them. As for Adam and the band and in his own personal life? Everything that happened with Mia must have taken a large emotional toll on him, causing it to effect every aspect of his life.

2. How do you feel about Mia’s determination to go to Julliard right away, instead of deferring for a year? Do you think it was the right decision for her to immediately leave the familiar, the scene of her greatest trauma and grief and head to an unfamiliar, new place?

I honestly can’t say too much about her decision, because I can’t even imagine being in that place she was in that she had to make it. I suppose that for her maybe, getting away from anything and everything that could remind her of the tragedy she has experienced as soon as possible was one of her methods of coping with her grief. Except for the fact that she’s not really coping, she’s just running away from it all.

3. What do you think of Mia and Adam’s first reunion after three years? 

 It was definitely awkward, as expected. They really don’t know each other anymore, because so much has happened since they last saw each other and were a couple together. They are completely different people now, and only know each other as they did three years ago.

4. Grief strikes people different, as we see Adam grieving when he and Mia break up. Have you ever experienced the same intensity of grief? How did you survive it or move on from it? What do you think of Kim’s role in helping Adam snap out of his grief?

 I have experienced the grief of loss on a few occasions, but probably not the same intensity as Adam. I survive and move on  from my grief by allowing myself to be sad for as long as I feel I need to be sad for, but then also realizing that there is a time for me to get up and move on with my life.

5. Song lyrics can sometimes describe our feelings about situations completely, as Adam’s lyrics for the songs on the Collateral Damage album describe his feelings after Mia dumped him. What are some song lyrics that describe feelings you’ve had or memories?

 Ahhhh I always suck at finding/remembering things like this on demand!!!! I’ll come back to this one later when I’ve had some more time to think about it :P

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Gayle Forman Read Along: If I Stay – Week 4 Questions

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Hey everyone!! I’m participating in the Gayle Forman Read Along organized by the ever so wonderful Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide! We’re on to the second book of the read along, If I Stay. This portion of the read along is being hosted by Candice at The Grown-Up YA! This week’s questions focus on the ending of the book.

Now, I followed along with the reading part of this read along, but I didn’t have time to answer the questions for weeks 2 and 3! But I’m back, and I’m here to finish off the questions for the last section of the book!!! :)

1.  “Amazing things happen when you stop hiding behind that hulking beast.” What is the significance of this statement that Mia is told at music camp? Are there any examples of her not hiding behind her cello that result in amazing things?

 When Mia finally agrees to play her cello with Adam and the rest of her family and friends, she realizes that it sounds fantastic next to all of the other guitars, and doesn’t result in the cacophony she thought it would.

2. Mia laments to her mom about the changes that are coming for her and Adam – college, musical success, moving – and her mom states that 17 is an inconvenient time to be in love. Do you agree? Disagree? Why?

 I think that 17 is most definitely an inconvenient time to be in love, what with college, and the stress of senior year of high school, and the fact that you can change so much over the next few years. Mia’s mom definitely had it right.

3. The last part of the book foreshadows Mia and Adam’s future relationship. If you haven’t read Where She Went, do you think it’s heading a good direction? If you have read Where She Went, does rereading this book give you a better understanding of their relationship in the sequel?

I haven’t read Where She Went, but I definitely think that their relationship is headed in the right direction. I’m certain that Mia will want to stay with Adam, and wont take up his offer of leaving her if she wants him to. I think that because he was the reason she was able to place herself back in her body, and regain the strength to rise from her coma that these two will have an inseparable bond in the coming book.

4. So… last week I asked about the headphones and realized I jumped the gun. Feel free to answer that one now: What does Adam’s act of putting the headphones on Mia suggest about their relationship?

 Adam knows Mia inside and out. He knew that listening to cello music would remind her of how strong she can be, and of what she would be leaving behind in this life if she decided to die.

5. What’s been your favorite part thus far about this read-along? Feel free to include any fun moments, any new bloggers you’ve met, etc.

I’ve loved getting to experience reading these books for the first time ever with some amazing book bloggers! I can’t wait for the next leg of the journey :)

Gayle Forman Read Along: If I Stay – Week 1 Questions

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Hey everyone!! I’m participating in the Gayle Forman Read Along organized by the ever so wonderful Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide! We’re on to the second book of the read along, If I Stay. This portion of the read along is being hosted by Candice at The Grown-Up YA! This week’s questions focus on the first part of the book, pages 1-62.

1.  What was your initial reaction to the accident? Did you have an OMG moment?

 When I first read that scene, I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped. I thought it was interesting how Gayle chose to write the scene without the reader experiencing the accident first hand (as the book is written in the first person), but instead having Mia narrate the details of the accident just after the fact. And I can’t even begin to imagine how Mia must have felt witnessing the carnage from the accident – I began to feel sick just reading the gruesome details.

2. Adam and Mia are about as opposite as can be. Based on what you’ve read so far, what do you feel makes them such an intense couple?

 I think that Adam and Mia are such an intense couple because they share a common interest, but enjoy and experience very different aspects of it. They are both musicians, but Adam is more of a rocker and Mia is a classical cellist. I think this allows them to learn more about each other through how they experience their music – which is a very personal thing – thus making them an intense couple.

3. Mia is watching what is happening to her in the hospital. How do you think she is handling it? Do you think her reactions to everything is natural or is it something else?

 I don’t know about you, but if I were having an out of body experience and witnessing all of the invasive surgeries and treatments being performed on my own body, I would not be as eerily calm as Mia is throughout this whole ordeal! It strikes me as a little strange how calmly she is handling all of this.

4. We’re introduced to Mia’s family before and after the accident, who is a group of varied individuals. Have you developed a favorite yet? If so, why? What makes that person special to you?

 I don’t think I’ve come to like any member of Mia’s family more that the rest just yet. I love them all. They are such a fun-loving and happy go lucky family, with amazing parents who can connect with their children and act more like friends, and yet still seem like parents. But when I do get around to picking a favourite, I’ll keep y’all updated ;)

5. We ended this week’s reading on one of the sexiest scenes ever. What was your reaction to this? Cigarette? Cold shower? Sneaking ahead to read more?

It was definitely hard to stop reading at the end of the first 62 pages! That scene, combined with everything else that is going on makes me never want to put this books down. I just want to keep reading to find out what is going to happen!!!

Gayle Forman Read Along: If I Stay – Intro Questions

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Hey everyone!! I’m participating in the Gayle Forman Read Along organized by the ever so wonderful Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide! We’re on to the second book of the read along, If I Stay. This portion of the read along is being hosted by Candice at The Grown-Up YA! This is the first week for this book, so the questions are just introductory! :)

1.  Introduce yourself!

Hi everyone! I’m Natalie (for those of you who don’t already know that ;P) and I run this book blog! Hmmm, what is there to know about me… Well, I’m 19 for starters, and I love reading. And I’m headed to Queen’s University in the Fall for school and I couldn’t be more excited!!!

2. What are you most looking forward to during the read along?

Hopefully getting to meet some new bloggers, and reading these awesome books with some of my favourite people!

3. What do you hope to get out of reading If I Stay as part of the read along?

Well, I’m hoping that I’ll love the book! I’ve heard AMAZING things about it, so let’s hope it lives up to it’s reputation!

4. Have you ever read If I Stay?

I have never read If I Stay before. In fact, this read along is my first time reading any of her books! I loved Sisters in Sanity from the first part of the read along, so I hope I can say the same for If I Stay after this!!!