If I Stay by Gayle Forman *Stephanie’s Review*

Posted January 19th, 2015 by in *Review / 4 comments


If I Stay by Gayle Forman *Stephanie’s Review*If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Also by this author: Where She Went, I Was Here
Series: If I Stay #1
Also in this series: Where She Went
Published by Dutton Juvenile
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 201
Format: Hardcover
Read in: Dec 17 to Dec 18
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

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. - via GoodReads

4 Stars

If I Stay was my first Gayle Forman book and I can see why she’s got such a following. If I Stay has been sitting in my TBR pile for quite some time. I’m doing this new thing where I read the books that I want to read when I want to read them. I thought I’d pick this one up because everyone loves Gayle Forman and because the movie trailer really made me want to pick this one up.

Folks this one got real fast. I think about page 16 and we were right in the thick of it. I think one of the most surprising things for me is that If I Stay is such a slim novel. I didn’t expect such an emotional impact. In 200 pages, there was quite a bit of history for Mia. It was sort of fascinating because Mia has an uncertain future. What Forman does is throws you into the story at the middle point and then alternately show you glimpses of the past and then bits of the present. This form of storytelling made it all the more gut wrenchingly awful and yet so bittersweet.

I really enjoyed Mia’s character. I felt that she knew what she wanted and for the most part followed through to get it. Mia is a down to earth girl who was realistic and is the type of girl I’d want for a role model if I had a daughter. I have to admit that I really didn’t care for Adam. Until that one part when I fell in love with him a little bit because he was swoony. If you’ve read the book you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t I’m not telling!

Personally the best way to describe If I Stay is you’re wrapped in a cozy cocoon of shock until the band aid is ripped off viciously and the tears and snot run freely. In a sick and twisted way I loved it. I’ll definitely be catching up with Forman’s back list!



4 Responses to “If I Stay by Gayle Forman *Stephanie’s Review*”

    • Stephanie

      I can’t wait to read it. 🙂 I did enjoy it quite a bit. I can’t wait to get started on the next one. It’s one of the books that I’ve picked up and say back down though. 🙁 I’ve had some issues getting into any book lately. Sigh.

    • Stephanie

      The movie was pretty good. I really enjoyed it. I think that the directors perfectly cast Mia’s grandpa! I’ve started Where She Went but haven’t finished it yet.

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