Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Release Date: 4/2/2009
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
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!