If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Posted July 10, 2015 by karenbaron in Book to Movie, Contemporary Romance, Music, Review, Romance, Series, Tear Jerker / 0 Comments

If I Stay by Gayle FormanIf I Stay by Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay #1
Series Rating: five-stars
on April 2, 2009
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 201
Format: Paperback
five-stars

Librarian note: an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.
Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.
I open my eyes wide now.I sit up as much as I can.And I listen.
Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?
Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.
If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

My take on this book:: CAUTION!! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS PLEASE STOP READING NOW! IF YOU DO WANT TO READ SPOILERS CONTINUE ON! I WON’T ALWAYS HAVE SPOILERS THOUGH!!

OMG!! This book is a tear-jerky. I started reading this book today and I didn’t except myself to finish it but when I did I was all “Oh my god. I feel so bad for Mia and I hope that she will be okay.” Since the book ends with her waking up finally from just being in a limbo type of place throughout the book. Well after the car accident that is.

But wow! If I was in Mia’s shoes I don’t know how I would be able to wake up with knowing that my mom, dad, and little brother are all dead. I mean I knew that I would have other family members wanting me to live but the ones that I would care about wouldn’t be there.

I guess I can kind of connect to Mia in a way. I mean not in the musical sense. Granted I do sing and dance on occasion but I sometimes draw and that right there is something that I don’t like to share with people and in that way I think that we have the same way of thinking of what we do as a solitary point.

Granted my drawing does suck. But I also don’t really get to practice all that much. This book goes right up there in my mind with John Green and Nicholas Sparks. Those writers paired with Gayle Forman would make anyone set on their couch, or in bed, or anywhere with their book and a box of tissues right next to them just in case they would need it. I am hoping though that Mia and Adam will get over this bump in their relationship like they have done throughout their story in If I Stay.

To anyone wanting to read this book is that I give it a five stars and that this book is the most excellent one written. I am quite proud with the way that Gayle Forman was able to move from the present day of Mia being in the limbo type of place at the hospital to her past memories of certain things. That right there worked really well.

I am now off to find myself a good book that won’t make me cry to read a little bit. I need something happy after this ordeal of crying. Some people don’t get that but other people do. When you cry during a book it is a good thing for the author because that is what they wanted the reader, us, to feel when reading the book. Especially since that meant that you were able to connect with the characters in the book to feel with what they are feeling. I am quite glad that I read this book and I might be doing a movie review on the movie….Once you know I convince my mom into paying it for me!

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About Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.