Sunday, June 5, 2011

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Released: April 6, 2010
Publisher: Speak (Penguin Group)
Series: If I Stay (1st Book)
Followed By: Where She Went
Page Amount: 234 (259 including discussion guide), US Paperback
POV: 1st Person (Mia)
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=97/100  A+

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
The plot of If I Stay was simply beautiful.  The story had a darker tone to it but the flashbacks lightened the mood.  Ms. Forman really stuck to the plot throughout the entire book. 

Mia, as well as all of the characters, was very believable. Though faced with a difficult decision, Mia was a very relatable character. When reading this book, I really began to love Mia and her family. Another thing I loved about Mia was that she struggled, she's not superwoman, she's real. I enjoyed reading how Mia contemplates her choices and actually has to choose.

The ending did not disappoint.  When I read the last line, I wished that there was more.  I went on this wonderful, heart-wrenching journey with Mia and it was just over.  The ending is not really a cliff-hanger, but there is a sequel that take place years later.

My Favorite Part: It would probably have to be the incorporation of music in this book.  I loved how Mia lost herself in the music, especially when playing her cello.  I also really liked how her boyfriend, Adam, shared Mia's passion for music.  
Do I recommend this book? YES
Do I think that you will enjoy it? YES, this book has everything, romance, suspense, it has something for everybody.
Will I be reading the sequel? YES

Thank you all for reading! I would love to hear your comments on the book or any comments in general! 

1 comment:

  1. If I Stay is one of my FAVORITE contemporary books ever. Gayle Forman is an amazing author, and Where She Went is a fantastic follow up to If I Stay.

    great review!


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