If I Stay- Gayle Forman

Written By: Kellie - Jun• 13•11

Synopsis: Mia has no memory of the accident that changed her life. This inexperienced 17-year-old only recalls riding on that slippery Oregon road with her family, then, in an instant, seeing herself lifted from the twisted wreck. This affecting story of one young woman’s struggle through tragedy and grieving will appeal to readers of books like Thirteen Reasons Why.

Review: I am officially dubbing this the summer of ‘Catching Up on Hype’ as I’ve been reading quiet a few books that people are gushing about and I really should have read already. This being one of them! Gotta say, it definitely lived up to the hype. Although it wasn’t quiet as sad as I thought it would be. None the less, this was a really good book and a touching story. Mia herself is a pretty unique individual, and definitely someone who had a bright future ahead of her, reading it all come tumbling away in an instant really gets you thinking.

The story goes back and forth between Mia watching life unfold around her, unseen to everyone as she remains in a coma and in flashbacks about her family, best friend and boyfriend. She’s got a pretty cool family, and not one I can compare to any other novel family off the top of my head, so I liked hearing about that. Made their deaths that much more heart breaking, I could feel a little of Mia’s longing as she remembered her parents. Got a little confused on the whole Teddy thing for a bit, but I won’t get into that here.

Music was a big part of this book. I actually found myself switching my ipod over to the classical genre, which I like but don’t listen to all that often. There were a few points where my ipod and the story matched up beautifully and it really added a whole new level to the book. Music is so central in all these characters life that it’s almost a crime that this novel doesn’t just come with a soundtrack.

Overall, great read. Not sure why I didn’t feel it was five worthy as I really don’t have any complaints about it. So not mind blowing but I’m still more than a little in love with this book.


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  1. April says:

    Sounds like another book to add to my wish list! I just love the cover, and the title. Those alone have me drawn in. Great review! I can’t wait to get to know Mia!

  2. I had this out from the library at one point but couldn’t get to it. I really am looking forward to reading it, though.

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