Review: Where She Went is about more than finding yourself. It is about the fundamental idea that other people are the ones who make you. In the end, who you want to be is who you’re becoming, and other people are helping you to do that every minute of every day. Where She Went is a poignant reminder of how little time we have. To wonder, to think, to love, to live. Where She Went is a blend of all those things, a potent mixture of future, present, and past, and how irrevocably linked they are.
Three years after the tragic accident that killed his girlfriend Mia’s parents and little brother and nearly killed Mia, Adam Wilde is a rock star. But his music is slowly killing him, because it is one of the many things that Mia made impossible to love, to care about.
Mia and Adam had been the perfect couple in high school. “Groovy and the Geek”, as dubbed by Mia’s friend Kim. They both loved music, and each other, and while they were as different as oil and vinegar, salt and pepper, chicken and broccoli, they still managed to fit more perfectly than any literary couple ever invented.
But after Mia’s accident, they both change. Mia drops Adam after she leaves for college, devastating him in the process. Adam goes on with his band, Shooting Star, and Mia goes on to become Julliard’s rising star.
But the rift running through Adam’s band is strong, and deep, so when he discovers that they are scheduled to go on tour on Friday the thirteenth, he latches onto it as an excuse to go a day after the rest of his band.
On his night alone in New York, Adam discovers that Mia is playing a show, and decides to go see her play.
She finds out he’s there, and asks that he be brought backstage. She tells him she’ll give him a tour of her city, which will double as a farewell tour to her own city because she’s leaving soon, to go on a tour of her own.
Through the course of the night, Adam and Mia relive the months of their breakup. They discover things about each other they never knew, and they discover things about themselves that weren’t there before.
If You Liked: If I Stay, Before I Fall, Thirteen Reasons Why, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Future of Us, Hate List