Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I StayIf I Stay by Gayle Forman

Series: #1 in the If I Stay series
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: 
Doubleday Children’s
Release Date:
This edition was published in 2009.
Length: 210 pages (paperback)

» Book blurb
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.

Everybody has to make choices. Some might break you.

For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they’re all about a future full of music and love, a future that’s brimming with hope.

But life can change in an instant.

A cold February morning . . . a snowy road . . . and suddenly all of Mia’s choices are gone. Except one. As alone as she’ll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.

Haunting, heart-rending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve lost – and all that might be.

» First sentence
Everyone thinks it was because of the snow.

» My Summary
Talk about a vague first sentence. It’s obvious something has happened but you have to read the next chapter to know what. It’s fast paced. The first chapter Mia’s family are at home on a snow day. The next chapter Mia is standing in the ditch on a roadside. But that’s what sucks you in. Something is always happening. The words tore me to shreds, literally crying all over my library book because the story is so emotional, but I was nicely put back together on the very last page!

» My Review
This story is set in Oregon and told through the eyes of Mia Hall. Gayle hasn’t forgotten about the secondary characters because we learn so much about them in Mia’s memory moments. Her parents, the little bro Teddy, her boyfriend Adam, and BFF Kim. My favourite scenes are the quiet times with her grandparents. Gramps is my favourite character, he fights for Mia in his own way while others seem to be falling apart around her.

“It’s okay,’ he tells me. ‘If you want to go. Everyone wants you to stay. I want you to stay more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my life.’ His voice cracks with emotion. He stops, clears his throat, takes a breath, and continues. ‘But that’s what I want and I could see why it might not be what you want. So I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It’s okay if you have to leave us. It’s okay if you want to stop fighting.”

I’m finding this so hard to write because its such a beautiful story. I don’t think I’ve read anything that I can compare this to. I love If I Stay! It’s fast paced and will have you in a mess in mere minutes! The only downside is the tiny cliffhanger. It’s not the kind you throw your book across them room. You just have to accept it because Mia’s story can’t end there. But after such a gripping story, you WILL pick up the second book Where She Went in a flash!

Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman has written other works though. I Was Here, expected to be released in 2015, sounds like another emotional journey of two besties who are quickly torn apart and one is left to pick up the pieces. Just One Day, another series, looks similar to If I Stay, but sounds like a much lighter story line. I think its about Allyson, a post-grad student who has been travelling around Europe to find the boy of her dreams on the very last day.

I can easily recommend this to all YA fans. Probably gonna get shot for this, but I was moved by this more than The Fault In Our Stars.

If I Stay has been adapted to film and will be in theatres later this month. Chloe Grace Morets looks like the perfect Mia Hall. Read the book before the film! It’s always better 🙂

» My rating
This was a fast read that had me in tears! Totally worth each & every leaf.

5 Leaf

» Author Stalker Links
Website: http://www.gayleforman.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/GayleForman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GayleFormanAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayleforman
Tumblr: http://gayleforman.tumblr.com/

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August ’14 TBR

Here is my AUGUST TBR Pile

1. Where She Went by Gayle Forman (started in July)
2. Frostbite by Richelle Mead
3. The Duff
4. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
5. Legend by Marie Lu
6. Pivot Point by Kasie West
7. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

This only features the books I mention in the video, but I am hoping that Bout of Books will boost my motivation and add to this pile significantly!

Here are the links mentioned. I totally recommend you sign up for the readathon 🙂

CRAZY FOR YOUNG ADULT BOOKS on Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/77596-crazy-for-young-adult-books

BOUT OF BOOKS 11 READATHON 18-24 Aug
http://boutofbooks.blogspot.co.nz/

Here is a list of what I read in JULY
1. Ink by Amanda Sun (review http://wp.me/p4Nugr-KJ )
2. Tribulation by Phillip W. Simpson
3. First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky
4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman (review coming soon)
6. Looking for Alaska by John Green

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Bout of Books 11+Progress

Bout of Books

OMG Booklovers!
It’s almost time to get our readathon on again! I didn’t do very well in my first #booktubeathon this month so I really wanna give my all for Bout of Books.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
 

It sounds awesome right? So if ya wanna join, Go sign up RIGHT NOW! no pressure…


1 August – Evening Update

I’ve signed up & visited 5 blogs who had signed up just before me. Already giving people motivation & just being social. It’s not all about the reading…

POTENTIAL TBR

  1. Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) read 13 Aug
  2. Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4)
  3. Pivot Point
  4. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
  5. The DUFF
  6. Harrow by Amanda Troyer

GOALS

  • I want to read 5 books. I will aim for 2 books in the weekend so that leaves me with 3 books throughout the week. That’s gotta be achievable?
  • I want to spend at least 30 mins everyday on twitter & catching up with #boutofbooks
  • I want to complete all of the reading challenges.
  • I’ve gotta try & convince the hubby to cook every day this week 🙂
  • I hope to get 8 hours of sleep each day… depends on the book! You know what I mean! When its good, I won’t put it down.
  • To post my daily progress here too.

I might even do a Booktube video… who knows? This is gonna be so fun! WISH ME LUCK!


Progress Updates

Monday – Day 1
Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Number of pages: 74
Books: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy #4)

Tuesday – Day 2
Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Number of pages: 50-ish
Books: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy #4)
Challenges: OTP by Infinite Ink

Wednesday – Day 3
Got too busy with work…

Thursday – Day 4
Read a few pages…

Friday – Day 5
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Total number of pages: 503
Books: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy #4)

Saturday – Day 6
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read:
Number of pages: 208
Books: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel
Challenges: Spell it out by Kimberley Fay Reads

I used books that I have read this year. You can see my Goodreads Challenge here
Looking for Alaska
Ink
Blood Promise
Roar and Liv
Allegiant

Sunday – Day 7
Number of books I’ve read today: 2
Total number of books I’ve read: 5
Number of pages: I have no idea…
Books: The Duff by Kody Keplinger, Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling and a little bit of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Wishlist Wednesday #1

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday, hosted by Pen To Paper is a book blog hop where we post about one book that is on our wishlist that we can’t wait to get on our bookshelf!

I wanted a book meme that lets me share a ‘Just Released’ or ‘Upcoming New Release’ that I really want. There is nothing more exciting for a book blogger than a new book!

Without further ado, I dedicate my very first Wishlist Wednesday to…

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Pre order Now!

Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, New Adult
Publisher:
Atria Books
Release Date:
 5th Aug 2014

Length: 336 pages (pbk)

I’ve already spotted an alternative cover on the UK edition. I don’t really know how the underwater air bubbles fit into a story line about being in love with a pilot, but I can’t wait to uncover its meaning!

» Book Blurb

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

» Why is it on my Wishlist?

Because everything Colleen Hoover is FANTASTIC!

I have read both the Hopeless and Slammed series. Both are epic romances. Dean & Skye from Hopeless have a love story like no other and I’ve heard of poetry nights but never read anything like Slammed. I would love to see Slammed poetry performed live. It sounds so personal and moving, like each performer are giving a piece of themselves to the crowd.

Maybe, Someday is another great love story. It’s a new experience, listening to the lyrics as they are written, while you read them. Especially when the story gets emotional. This isn’t a playlist the author listened to while writing the book. Colleen Hoover collaborated with an artist to write the lyrics and put music to her characters. It really brings them alive. I felt like I could understand what the characters were going through that little bit more.

I’m sure Ugly Love will be the same.

» Recommend to:

It’s hard to say who I would recommend this book to as I haven’t read it myself, but I would imagine if you love a good love story, that Colleen Hoover books are an excellent choice.

Have you got it Ugly Love on preorder or were you lucky enough to receive an ARC? I can’t wait to read this. Colleen Hoover hasn’t let me down yet!

Let me know your thoughts in the Comments section!

» Wanna join Wishlist Wednesday? Click the image below for instructions.

Swoon Worthy Saturday #3

SWSSaturday is a day for swooning. Swoon Worthy Saturday, hosted by staybookish, is a weekly meme where we present a fictional character who has swept us off our feet, given us butterflies, made our heart do acrobatics and driven us absolutely crazy!

There is no shortage of fictional heartthrobs. This week’s #SWS, in light of the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer released yesterday, goes to:

~ Mr. Christian Grey ~

» The Gist
Before I mention physical characteristics, this man has achieved great things at such a young age of 27. He is first introduced to us readers as the CEO of Grey Enterprises, and a major benefactor to the university that Anastasia Steele attends. To put it lightly ‘he’s rolling in it,’.

“I employ over forty thousand people, Miss Steele. That gives me a certain sense of responsibility – power, if you will. If I were to decide I was no longer interested in the telecommunications business and sell up, twenty thousand people would struggle to make their mortgage payments after a month or so.”

This sounds so arrogant out of context but Christian has built his organisation ground up & this highlights the responsibilities on his shoulders and he is very aware that his decisions have a huge impact.

Let’s get to what you wanna know. When Ana first meets Christian, he is wearing an impeccable gray suit. Just imagine a crisp white shirt that looks like it’s never been worn before and an expensive black tie in the perfect knot. Christian is tall. If you were barefoot, the kind of height you’d have to tippy-toe to kiss.The author wrote Christian with unruly dark copper hair but I can’t picture that. I see perfection. Don’t forget the blazing bright gray eyes that will make your panties drop! Doesn’t he suit his name?

» Swoon Worthy Moments
FSOG is written from Ana’s perspective so everything we read about Christian is from her eyes, so of course we all fall in love with him. Before we get too far into the book, Ana is almost side-swiped by a cyclist. This is one of the “sweeter” moments:

Are you okay?” he whispers. He has one arm around me, clasping me to him, while the fingers of his other hand softly trace my face, gently probing, examining me. His thumb brushes my lower lip, and I hear his breath hitch. He’s staring into my eyes, and I hold his anxious, burning gaze for a moment or maybe it’s forever… but eventually, my attention is drawn to his beautiful mouth. Oh my.

Christian is like a thesaurus and says things like ‘pressing his suit’. I mean I understand what he meant by it because Jose was making his unwanted moves on Ana but who actually says that?

Oh and don’t forgot his sweet departing words, you’ll wish your man says it:

“Laters, baby.”

Once we get past the pleasantries in the first few chapters, Ana’s inner monologue is screaming for more & there is a lot of R-rated dirty talk!

“He grabs me suddenly and yanks me up against him, one hand at my back holding me to him and the other fisting in my hair.
“You’re one challenging woman,” He kisses me, forcing my lips apart with his tongue, taking no prisoners.

There is sooooo much more where that came from!

» Dreamcast
I know that Jamie Dornan has already been cast for the movies, but I think his face is too soft. Check out the trailer below. You’ll understand if you’ve read the books. It’s just not what you picture in a dominating man. They need to lighten his hair a little too. It looked more unruly in Once Upon A Time. They haven’t quite matched him with this earlier photoshoot either. He looks convincing in this image:

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But I want the strong jaw line of Superman & the body of a God. I still go with my original casting, Matt Bomer. Cam Gigandet could’ve pulled it off. He definitely does in Burlesque! I heard Ian Somerhalder & Alexander Skarsgård’s names were thrown around by fans. I can understand A-listers might’ve been hesitant to take on such a role, but it could’ve been worth the risk!

So tell me, who gets your knickers in a twist? I mean, who would you like to see play the role of Christian Grey? Boyfriends & Husbands not included. You can tell me. We’ll keep it between friends.