Sep 092013
If I StayIf I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman
Published by Speak on Apr 6, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Format: eBook from Gift
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

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.

This was an intensely emotional story. It is the story of Mia’s life, and her choice whether to live or die after she’s in a car accident that kills her family. Mia’s body is in the hospital in ICU, and her essence is somewhat separated, in the hospital watching what is going on, and she must decide what to do.

The story has a lot of flashbacks and memories of Mia’s life so far as she reflects on everything that has happened. She’s quite young, but like most teenagers, her memories are very strong, and the emotions connected to them are too.

I was proud of the fact that I made it most of the way through the story without crying. But then Mia had 2 visitors, and each left me bawling. I can’t talk about the visits without giving away too much, but I will say that the first visitor’s words to Mia were the most powerful words in the entire book. Just thinking about them 2 weeks after reading the story makes me tear up.

This was an amazing story, and one I think everyone should read. Mia’s ability to choose what happens next is very intense, and at no point was the decision easy to guess. Part of the allure of the book is that Mia’s decision could go either way, and as a reader, I could understand and was willing to accept either decision.

  3 Responses to “If I Stay”

  1. I really need to read this because I’ve heard so many good things but I’m scared I’ll turn into a big mess of tears

  2. Oh, this book was so good! It’s beena few years now since I read it, but I decided that after that, Gayle Forman had earned the right for me to want to read every future book she wrote.

  3. I absolutely love this book. I’ve read it years ago and I still go back when I want a good cry.

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