Saturday, July 19, 2014

If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman

Synopsis: "Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make"

Title: If I Stay
Genre: contemporary YA, romance
Series: If I Stay #1
Pages: 234
Ages: 13+
My Rating: 4 stars
One Word: heartbreaking, beautifully written
Fave Quote:
"But the you who you are tonight is the same you I was in love with yesterday, the same you I'll be in love with tomorrow. I love that you're fragile and tough, quiet and kick-ass. Hell, you're one of the punkest girls I know, no matter who you listen to or what you wear" (100-101).


If I Stay is one of the most beautifully written books I've read. After watching the trailer for the upcoming movie, I had my own expectations of what the book was going to seem like, but the story surpassed my thoughts. It's beautiful how Mia looks back at her life and tries to make the choice between life and death, feeling that the choice is too hard. She's broke between the death of her family if she stays to the life she'll leave behind if she leaves.

Amazing and mesmerizing, If I Stay has left me with a weak and broken heart. The way the story is written is just amazing. With the timeframes and the memories back to back, I was rooting for Mia to stay, but she was thinking otherwise. I'm so happy and satisfied with the ending, that I'm scared the to read the sequel!


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