Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay #1
Date of UK Publications: May 7th 2009
Synopsis from Goodreads: In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeenyear- 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.
I have literally just finished this amazing book, and I don't know what to say. Before I read it, I'd heard so much awesome about it, and I decided to try it out for myself. Now, I totally get it. It's an amazing book.
It's a very depressing subject. I didn't realise when I started reading, I didn't have a clue that was going to be a car accident. I really had no idea what the book was about, I only read it because of all the hype. (Yes, I know, that's not good :L) But I'm seriously glad I did.
It's not a long story, at only 210 pages, but yet, so much happens in such a short amount of time. I loved the way that Gayle almost interwove two different stories at the same time. There was Mia talking about life (or 'not-life') after the accident, and Mia talking about her life from before the accident. She was a very powerful main character, and everything she says makes you think.
She talks about falling in love, and deciding whether or not to sacrifice one thing she loves for another. I couldn't help but hope she gets through the accident, if only because I wanted her to live for Adam.
Speaking of, I loved Adam. He was sweet, and obviously so in love with Mia. I also enjoyed the fact that there was no love triangle in the book, it was just Mia and Adam. It's becoming a rarity in young adult fiction, so it's nice not to have one for a change.
If I Stay is an amazing novel. It will literally stay with you for a long time after you've turned the last page, and I really recommend it to everyone. Whether you love contemporary novels, or like me, you want to read something different, then go on and read this. You will not be disappointed. :D
I give it 5 Feet!
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #29