August 17, 2012

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Description: A critically acclaimed novel that will change the way you look at life, love, and family. In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time. (more info here)

Epic Wins: 
  • Mia- She has a total passion for music and the cello. It was amazing how Forman set her point of view up. You got her past and her present. Her present was odd, she was in a coma so she was a narrator of sorts. 
  • The writing- Gorgeous but sad. Pretty but depressing. Discouraging but brilliant. 
  • It was like a window into the forlorn and confused soul of teen in standby mode. Precise. 
  • Adam- Oh Adam! He was a rock star, living on his guitar.  He loved music on a different level from Mia but with the same passion. 
  • The Concept was quite lovely. And the portrayal? Clear and cutting. (Did anyone notice the annoying volume of verbs and questions I just used? No? Me neither.)
  • The Family- I just LOVE Mia's family, they are so sweet and loving. Sometimes that doesn't show up in young adult lit but it's nice to see it when it does. 
  • Kim- I thought she was a stellar best friend. I also loved how they became friends, it was different. 
  • Message 1- Like a bullet to the brain, the message is loud and clear. Tell your family you love them every day and never forget. 
  • Message 2- Sometimes things will be hard but the worst pain brings the greatest joy. 
  • This book is hard to explain and it really set me back because I did react so emotionally to it. I sat here for ten minuets trying to come up with words awesome enough to describe this book. I apologize because these words *points up* just don't do it justice. 

Overall: Ahhhmazing! Beautifully breathtaking but totally befuddling. It really makes you think: What if that was me?



  1. Glad you loved it so much :) I really liked it too. It was such a great but heartbreaking story. I absolutely loved the sequel though.

  2. I've had this book forever and STILL haven't read it! How crazy is that? Your review makes me want to read it ASAP though. Thanks for sharing!


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