where she went cover unveiled!!!!!

August 24th, 2010

I know I was scooped by Entertainment Weekly. But in case you didn’t catch it, here finally, here is the cover of WHERE SHE WENT:

And here are the two covers next to each other, so you can see how they look as a pair, which is the point. Mia, back from the dead. And fierce.

I know there is much to discuss. Why a girl? Why is she so pretty? What was the process like to get to this cover?

Well, I’m going to do a larger blog about this later in the month, including debuting the jacket copy, which has many clues into the story, but I don’t want to give that away now amidst the WHERE SHE WENT teaser tour, schedule is here. But I may even interview the designer to get her to tell you about the process.

Needless to say, I made it hard for Penguin. For one, we had these two different covers, the hardcover and paperback and I think we all decided pretty as the hardcover was, we had to continue off the paperback. When you read the book, you’ll see why. Adam’s story doesn’t really work with flowers and trees. As for why a girl? I made thing so hard for my publisher by a) not knowing I was doing a sequel when I wrote the first book and b) doing a sequel but switching character POVs. Bad me. So at first, I think we were all thinking boy and girl. And maybe Brooklyn Bridge (ohh, hint). But when you’re doing sequels, they need to look like parts of a set. Think Lisa McMann’s WAKE series. Or Suzanne Collins’s HUNGER GAMES. Or, those iconic red and black book covers, the ones about the girl in love with the sparkly vampire. So when they finally showed me the girl, it was like, yeah, of course. Because even though the story is very much Adam’s story, very much his own trajectory, what drives Adam’s story, so much of what’s happened to him, ultimately comes back to Mia. I mean the book is called WHERE SHE WENT. It’s what torments him. It’s what he finds out. Ohh, look, more hints. And this isn’t even a teaser tour.

Anyhow, after the Teaser Tour, I’ll post the jacket copy, which even has a brief snippet FROM THE BOOK.

As for why the girl is so pretty, it’s because people like pretty girls on book covers. Is the Mia in my mind a little more normal looking? Of course.

And yes, I know, April is a long way off. But we all have MOCKINGJAY to keep us warm! My pre-ordered copy is waiting for me at home. Another reason I can’t wait to go home!

And if you feel so inclined, go comment on the EW story. I don’t know if such things help but they can’t hurt and it’s good to have people debating the cover and the book in a big old public forum.

More to come. And next week, FALL BOOK ROUNDUP. FINALLY! (I think this all caps is a new thing for me. I’m feeling the caps!)

  1. Thumbs up on Where She Went cover! Very arresting.

  2. I am so psyched that Shooting Star has hit Gaga status! After meeting Cole in Maggie Stiefvater’s Linger, I needed another good tormented rocker fix. Poor Adam. Why did Mia leave!?!?

  3. ahhhh!!!!gorgeous cover!im soooo excited for where she went and like sabrina, the teaser tour is driving me crazy too!im ecstatic to know why mia left, why adam isnt happy for his band, and… just for the whole book!o.O

  4. Is your book ‘Where she went’ coming out on November 2010 in FRANCE? This is a really important question. I need an answer. Because there is this serious rumor and I can’t believe it. It would be awesome and crazy. Wait, don’t tell me it’s a secret. It’s in the teaser tour. And then everybody will have to learn french to read your book?
    By the way, I like the cover but this is not the same girl, not the same Mia..hmm.
    Have a nice day! =D

  5. I keep remembering what you said in Phoenix about Where She Went… And then I feel anxious and it gets harder to wait for it to be released!

    Gorgeous new cover.

  6. Wow… That cover is so beautiful and breathtaking. I absolutely love it and cannot wait to read it! :)

  7. I think it’s stunning, Gayle, and totally eye catching, and you are SO going to torture us in the story aren’t you???

  8. Yes, I’m like a cat playing with its half-dead mouse.
    No, I don’t like to torture you. But I can’t give too much away or it spoils the reading experience. I almost hate announcing a sequel because it’s such a spoiler for If I Stay. That’s why I was so vague before, only saying that it’s Adam’s story, three years later. But once the jacket copy comes out, it becomes clear Mia is still around which sort of answers the If I Stay question, now doesn’t it?
    What you gonna do?

  9. Soooo pretty! :) I can’t wait to read it!

    But I think it’s a bit weird that there’s a blond haired girl with blue eyes on the danish cover of If I Stay. xD

  10. I love that it’s based off the paperback cover…You know how obessed with magnolia trees I am – I’m even considering adding an If I Stay type magnolia tree to my tattoo – but like you said, this cover is great because Mia is alive and well and totally fierce :)

  11. OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! I’m so happy!!!!! I love it! It’s SO amazing!!

    I can’t even… Thank you!

  12. OMG~!! LOVE THE COVER! SO EYE CATCHING~! I was out buying stuff one day and I wanted to buy a book and I saw your book “If I Stay” and I felt drawn to it and stuff. Then I began reading it and its so awesomical! I can’t wait for the next book to come out!! I bet its going to be totaly awesome sauce like the last one! Also, (gasp!) MIA LEFT ADAM!?!? WHY!??! MUST… WAIT… TILL… BOOK COMES OUT….!!!!

  13. Wait so mia decided to go omg no wonder i was crying when Adam said mia i thought it meant that she decided to come back to life aww man how sad poor Adam ! :( but this was Deffinitly an amazing book no one can compare this to twilight because this one was way better!!

  14. i love these books! i heard you are making a movie for if i stay!!!!!Now if thew girl on the cover could be the actress that would be awesome! Maybe even Kristin from twilight saga? I mean their director is directing this movie, so why not? Just don’t let Robert Patterson be Adam i would literally choke myself with disgust!

  15. OMG There just has to be a movie, if there is you MUST stay true to the book otherwise it just ruins it!!! I cant wait to read where she went and I agree with Alyssa DONT put Robert Patterson in the movie!!! I need to read interesting books over the hol’s, any suggestions?? I love you and your work Gayle!!! I admire you soooo much i really want to be as good a writer as you. Thank you for such a great read I want more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. APRIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW I loved IF i STAY so i know Where She WENT WILL BE GREAT

  17. Can’t wait ’til April!! If 1’s this good imagine number2!!

  18. Where did you here there was going to be a movie? And if there is I honestly wouldn’t want any twilight cast in it, because people already say that If I Stay is another story like twilight (which I don’t see how) and putting their characters into it would just, in a way, prove their point. I loved If I Stay and cannot wait for Where She Went!![:

  19. I just started reading “If I Stay”. So far it is truly amazing. I’m only fourteen, but I want to be a writer when I grow up. Could anybody possibly give me tips on how to really connect with my readers? I honestly can not wait for “Where She Went”! I’m sooo pumped for it! <3

  20. “Là où j’irai” or “where she went” book arrived in French :P

  21. NOOOOOO mia can’t leave adam. You know i cryed reading this book it is soo sad and happy, but if she leaves adam i don’t think i can take it!

  22. hey what is this next story gonna be about and did mis live

  23. i mean like she cant leave adam:(

  24. Okay, so like when is the sequel going to be out?? because i loved if i stay!! i cried!! i want to read the sequel!!(:

  25. Is this a supernatural story?? And where can I read an excerpt?

  26. I loved If I Stay so much! I’m crazy about Adam. He is so sweet. I wish I had a guy like him. Haha I really hope that Mia doesn’t leave him. They are so perfect for each other.

  27. wait when does the actual book come out??? she said something about april but idk…

  28. I just wanted to tell you how amazing your book, If I Stay, is. I read it in one sitting, unable to put it down. The story really touched my life and it brings the reader to ponder the question for themselves. I am intrigued to learn you have written a sequel and will be anxiously awaiting its release.

    I think it natural to have the girl on the cover of the sequel considering the first book’s cover…continuity!

    Thank you!

  29. omg, i can’t wait for this book to come out! i didnt even know there was going to be a sequel! i can’t stop telling people about how good if i stay was. i actually almost cried reading this book. it was absolutely amazing!

  30. I usually hate reading, but I read this book and fell in love. I cried during it and it was so beautifully written. Can’t wait for April!

  31. Hang on,
    So Mia decided to pass on? what? I thought when Adam said “Mia?” she was waking up. I kinda wished that she had woken up and the story finished there. I’m still not sure how i feel about the sequel. Although, in the end, i probs won’t be able to not read it. ‘If I Stay’ will still be my favourite book nevertheless.
    Gayle, your writed has inspired my composing career… thankyou.
    Please come and enlighten your fans from Australia :)


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