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Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I StayTitle: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay #1
Pages: 210
Date of UK Publications: May 7th 2009
Source: Library
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.

My Thoughts:
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

My Rating:
I give it 5 Feet!

2011 100+ Reading Challenge #29


  1. I'm so glad you loved it! I had no idea what it was about either, but it's such a great book! So sad though... Great review :D

  2. We just read this a couple weeks ago and loved it! You know there's a sequel, right? It takes place a couple years later and is told from Adam's POV. It's getting great reviews too!

    Btw, we are four YA writers and avid readers, and we just started a new blog to talk about YA literature. It's not so much book reviews as talking about different issues, trends, etc. We are hoping to connect with real teen readers, and we would love to see you there!

  3. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman is a novel about a considerably perfect young seventeen-year-old girl Mia, stuck in a ghostly state after being in a car accident. Her parents both died instantly at the scene, but her body and her younger brother Teddy, were both rushed to the nearest hospital. In this ghostly state, Mia has to choose between life and death and she uses flashbacks/ memories to help sway her decision. Based on all of the characters that come to visit her she one by one remembers her favorite memories of each one, helping her to make the decision.


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