Welcome to the first post in the WHERE SHE WENT read along, the third leg on the GAYLE FORMAN READ ALONG! A big thanks to Alexa at Alexa Loves Books for hosting this leg. You can find the schedule, questions, and chapter breakdown at her blog.
Week 1: August 15-21: Chapters 1-6
Week 2: August 22-28: Chapters 7-12
Week 3: August 29 – September 4: Chapters 13-18
Week 4: September 5-11: Chapters 19-23
We’ve just read the chapters for Week 2 of the read along and if you missed the questions or need help with any details, Alexa’s got it all for you!
QUESTIONS: WEEK 2
Adam’s new girl, Bryn, has definitely made an appearance now. What do you think of how they first met? And what do you think of Bryn herself?
I love that Brooke Vega set them up. Kind of ironic, in a way, that there’s a connection to Mia.
You know… I actually forgot that how Bryn really was — and I mean that in a good way. When WSW starts, I feel like we only see Bryn as this burden to Adam or a jealous girlfriend. I actually like her in this little meet scene with Adam. She’s actually smart and a go-getter and not a ditz like I felt she was. Bryn really ends up being Adam’s Julliard in a way. She lets him escape Oregon where all of the suffering and hurt was.
If someone important from your past showed up again in your present after you’d left things on an awkward note, how would you react? Awkward? Excited? Nervous? Angry? Sad? Afraid?
I can just imagine myself in Adam & Mia’s shoes and I think I would be extremely awkward and nervous. It’s not like it would be someone I was still romantically interested but say it was an ex-boyfriend or something, of course I’d still want to look like I was doing well… Maybe flash the engagement ring, haha!! I’m sure I would be extremely awkward, as I usually am, but the people who know me get it and accept it hah!
Mia and Adam attempted a few months at a long-distance relationship while Mia was in New York. What is your opinion on long-distance relationships?
I think long distance relationships are hard. Do I think they can be done? Yes… But not for long periods of time. I’m sure there are people who can prove me wrong out there, but if it was me, I couldn’t do it. I would want to hang on, but I think I’d just spazz out, miss my sig other too much, cry, be clingy… All those things I wouldn’t want to be. I think it REALLY depends on the people and the situation but personally, I’m not sure I’d be able to do it.
As Mia says, “Everyone loves New York City for all these different reasons.” Have you been to New York, and if you have, what did you love most about it? If you haven’t been yet, do you want to visit and what do you want to see most?
I have, actually! I hadn’t been to NYC until this past May for BEA! I had been to New York state, but not the city. In all honesty, it felt a lot like Chicago so it didn’t feel TOO different for me! I didn’t get to see everything like all the touristy things since BEA and hanging out with bloggers was the main focus, but I’d like to go back and do the touristy thing sometime! It’s hard to say a favorite thing about NYC since we were busy moving around all the time! Honestly… It was more about who I was with than where I was. I’m sure I could find things to do in NYC but I just loved being there with my blogging besties!
Shooting Star seemed like such a close-knit group in If I Stay, but that dynamic has completely changed in Where She Went. What do you think of the friction between the band? Do you think they can fix it?
I definitely think they can fix it, but things aren’t always that easy. A LOT of things have happened since If I Stay and although Adam wrote so many killer songs, he hasn’t exactly made things easy on the band. I feel so bad for the band but I feel like I GET what Adam’s going through. I may not have experienced it as deeply, but I can totally understand where he’s coming from. I think if they want to, though, they can always find a way to patch things up. It’s always about how much you’re willing to take and how far you’re willing to go — on both sides.