Thursday, May 17, 2012

Music and Dancing

BlogHer paid me to read this book and write a review. The words and thoughts are my own, as if you couldn't tell.


I read Gayle Forman's Where She Went for BlogHer and found it . . . meh.  

I have a teenager, I've read a lot of YA, a lot of it engaging, some of it sublime, and this book was . . . blergh. 

I don't know.  I couldn't get involved in the characters [Adam, the rock star, and Mia, the cellist] or the situation [they spend one night together remembering their past - which is a trope that’s kind of Before Sunrise-adjacent, which may explain my antipathy, because I fucking hate Ethan Hawke's scraggly ass] or the prose that seems overwrought [so much meaning and depth and music as an allegory/metaphor/ohmygodjuststop].

It seemed like a good idea – two people reconnecting after a years apart, rehashing and reliving and reassessing.  There’s THE ACCIDENT and THEIR FEELINGS and . . . yadda yadda yadda.  It just seems . . . I don’t know . . . uninviting.  There’s no toehold, no pull for me in this book.

Obviously, others find it – and its prequel, If I Stay – so well done that the previous book was a NYTimes bestseller, but I can’t get into it.  I have little patience for overwhelming sentimentality [can you believe it?] and so something has to be super well-written and addictively engaging for me to want to read it.

This wasn’t it.


  1. I could have sworn I posted a comment here. I don't remember the exact wording so I'll give you the cliff-notes.....actually.....cliff notes is a great idea. YOU should write cliff notes. I LOVE your book reviews.

  2. Yeah, Ethan Hawk totally ruined spontaneous meetings for me. In the movies, I mean. And books. Not so much in my real life, where I'm not nearly interesting enough for someone to want to spend even one night/day getting to know me, lol.

  3. Oh man, I thought I was the only person who can't stand Ethan Hawke's straggly ass! He's up there with Winona Meepy Ryder, and they are both only slightly below fuckin Gwyneth and her cocked up opinions of herself.

    I love coming here.

    You are my people.

    Sarah xxx

  4. You get paid by BlogHer to review books? Cool! Are you going to the BlogHer conference in August?


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