If I Stay – Gayle Forman

Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
ISBN: 9780525421030
Pages: 208
Release Date: 4/2/2009
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Genre: Teen
Source: Library
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

From the publisher’s website:

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.If I Stay is a beautifully written story about love and loss.
 
I’ve heard a lot of amazing things about If I Stay and I knew I definitely wanted to read it. However, life kept getting in the way! This was my fourth time checking out this novel from the library, and I was determined to actually read it this time. And I must say, I’m glad I did. If I Stay is a poignant novel about love, loss, and what’s worth living for.

I really liked the character of Mia. Unlike many protagonists of YA books, she has very stable head on her shoulders. She’s smart, practical, and dedicated. She’s an accomplish cello player and is very much in love with her boyfriend Adam. She has the insecurities of a teenager: for example, she can’t figure out why Adam has fallen for her. She was incredibly well-written and so real.

The writing in If I Stay is absolutely beautiful. This book was a joy to read just for the style of the prose. Though there is a lot of ugliness in If I Stay, Forman’s writing manages to make it beautiful. It also conveys emotion incredibly well. The reader can feel Mia’s despair, her tiredness, her inability to decide what to do. But it’s also easy to feel the love that emanates from this book. So many people love Mia – her parents, her grandparents, Adam, her best friend Kim. As cheesy as it sounds, when things are at their most desperate, you can feel the sheer love in this book. It really is an amazing read that brought tears to my eyes.

I really enjoyed reading If I Stay. It was well-written; despite its subject matter, it never drags the reader down. Additionally, it was a very quick read. I highly recommend this book to fans of YA!

Comments

  1. I won this book this summer and can’t wait to read it. But like you, other stuff just keeps getting in the way. Blast that 300+ TBR list!

  2. I won this book this summer and can’t wait to read it. But like you, other stuff just keeps getting in the way. Blast that 300+ TBR list!

  3. I loved this book so much. Wonderful review.

    ♥ Nely

  4. I loved this book so much. Wonderful review.

    ♥ Nely

  5. I thought this book was a beautiful and poignant evocation of loss and enjoyed it a lot. It is sentimental without being cheesy. I agree that Mia is a well-balanced female YA protagonist and positive role model for younger readers.

  6. I thought this book was a beautiful and poignant evocation of loss and enjoyed it a lot. It is sentimental without being cheesy. I agree that Mia is a well-balanced female YA protagonist and positive role model for younger readers.

  7. I loved this book too! It’s definitely one of my favorite reads of 2009. Here’s my review: http://nomadreader.blogspot.com/2009/05/book-review-if-i-stay.html

  8. I loved this book too! It’s definitely one of my favorite reads of 2009. Here’s my review: http://nomadreader.blogspot.com/2009/05/book-review-if-i-stay.html

  9. This looks interesting. I will put it on my list.

    I just came across your blog from another blog (Book, Line, and Sinker) and it is very good.

  10. This looks interesting. I will put it on my list.

    I just came across your blog from another blog (Book, Line, and Sinker) and it is very good.

  11. I hope to read this soon.

  12. I hope to read this soon.

  13. I thought this book was amazing too!

  14. I thought this book was amazing too!

  15. I’ve had this on my list for a while now. And I’m headed to the library this afternoon…. I’ll see if I can get it.

    Glad to know that I’m not the only one who has to check books out of the library multiple times!

  16. I’ve had this on my list for a while now. And I’m headed to the library this afternoon…. I’ll see if I can get it.

    Glad to know that I’m not the only one who has to check books out of the library multiple times!

  17. This book sounds lovely – I’m glad you were finally able to get a chance to read it.

  18. This book sounds lovely – I’m glad you were finally able to get a chance to read it.

  19. I didn’t expect to like this but if pressed, I’d definitely call it one of my favorites for the year. Glad you enjoyed it, too!

  20. I didn’t expect to like this but if pressed, I’d definitely call it one of my favorites for the year. Glad you enjoyed it, too!

  21. Thanks for the review! I am now putting this one on my list. I’m always looking for good YA 🙂

  22. Thanks for the review! I am now putting this one on my list. I’m always looking for good YA 🙂

  23. I listened to this one on audio – it was wonderful that way, too.

  24. I listened to this one on audio – it was wonderful that way, too.

  25. I think this is the one my children’s librarian at the public library has been after me to read (or rather, listen to the audiobook). Thanks for a great reminder!

  26. I think this is the one my children’s librarian at the public library has been after me to read (or rather, listen to the audiobook). Thanks for a great reminder!

  27. I also really liked this one…I’m curious to see how it translates to film.

  28. I also really liked this one…I’m curious to see how it translates to film.

  29. Foreman did an exceptional job writing heavy and emotional subject matter without making it too depressing didn’t she? I’m surprised to see Amy’s comment about the book being made into a movie. Like her, I hope it translates well.

  30. Foreman did an exceptional job writing heavy and emotional subject matter without making it too depressing didn’t she? I’m surprised to see Amy’s comment about the book being made into a movie. Like her, I hope it translates well.

  31. I’ve heard a lot of great reviews about this book. I can’t wait to read it!

  32. I’ve heard a lot of great reviews about this book. I can’t wait to read it!

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