01 August 2014

{Book Review} If I Stay by Gayle Forman

By: Me My Shelf And I | 01 August 2014 at 12:03 AM | | | | | | | |


If I stay
If I Stay #1
Author: Gayle Forman
Pages: 262
Publication Date: April 2nd 2009
Publisher: Speak
Rating: 4 Birds

On a day that started like any other,
Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she'll ever make.
Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

I know, I see your faces. How has it possibly taken me so long to read this book. Well, I won't lie, the upcoming release of the movie did push it up my list. I mean who sees the movie with out first reading the book? Uh, no one! In case you haven't read this, note that there will be some (potentially big) spoilers in the paragraphs to come – so if you're actually holding out for the movie, or have yet to pick up a copy to read…stop reading this review NOW!

For those of you who have read IF I STAY, it won't surprise you to know that I went cover to cover in only a few hours time. The lyrical writing and captivating story line made it like most everything we enjoy – over before we even know what happened. Mia's character was likable and so easy to be with, she was just comfortable. Which I guess says something about me, since she spends most of this book in a limbo like state between life and death.

The romance between Mia and Adam is adorable. Just plain, flat out 100% adorable and perfect and…did I say adorable yet? Their dreams and life goals are threatening to pull them to different sides of the country and Mia's moms words echo in my head over and over. She tells Mia how inconvenient it is to fall in love at 17.  I wanted to shout "Right on mom!" at that point, because no truer line has even been written, but as I was in a cabin full of extended family members who already think I'm the weird one for choosing inside with books over outside in the lake…I didn't want to push my luck.  

The only thing about the book that I didn't really care for was it's lack of suspense. I never once ever thought, for even a tiny second that Mia would choose to go. She's penned as such a fighter, one of those "against all odds" kids of girls with her cello talent, and her opposites attract relationship, among other things. I wanted to believe she would go, I wanted the idea to wreck me, tear me apart and leave me crying. I wanted to hurt for Adam, and cry for her family and I just had none of that.

Despite all that, this book was intriguing and something new for me. I enjoyed getting to know Mia and her friends and I am picking up WHERE I WENT as soon as possible. I'm also now very excited for the movie and enjoy seeing many scenes and lines play out in the trailers.  

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1 comment:

  1. Did you know there's a sequel, as well? It's called Where She Went. :)


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