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
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

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