Tuesday, August 19, 2014


If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)Book Review:  If I Stay

Author:  Gayle Forman
Published:  April 2009
Series:  If I Stay #1
Genre:  YA Contemporary

The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
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 Two Cents
I liked If I Stay.  Was it a spectacular read for me?  No.  And some people might really be offended by my next few sentences.  Please try to keep an open mind.  There are just some plots that will automatically make you cry or give you this false sense of closeness with the main character.  If I Stay is one of them.  Mia loses almost everyone in her family in a car accident.  Mia is left in a coma with a choice:  should she stay or should she go?  Automatic tear jerker.  And sometimes I feel people will go gaga over this book because of how unfortunate Mia's circumstances are.  But what I liked despite the plot was Mia's openness with herself, her relationships and her future.  I was so grateful that Forman did not use Mia's boyfriend as her only reason to live, that there were other things in her life that were important to her.  I'm awarding If I Stay 3.5 out of 5 stars.  The ending was a little rushed for me.  But I am pumped about the movie coming out on Friday!  I think I got more teary-eyed watching the trailer than reading the book!

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