I read this book a long time ago, and always believed that if tragedy stuck before your time, you have the choice whether you stay or go. The movie did a wonderful job of staying with the book, but after all the many talks with my husband, I now realize God gives you a window to your past, to prepare you for your future, to remember what you have left. You may lose everything, but you still have a family, built from more than blood. Life is short, live it all to the most, do all the things you love, and never stop living. I have yet to read Where She Went, but I'm ready to finish the story. Bravo Gayle Forman! Congrats on the movie!