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If I Stay
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.
Gripping, heartrending, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve lost - and all that might be.
If I Stay tells the heart-wrenching story of Mia, seventeen years old and somewhere between life and death after a car accident that took away some of the people she loves most in the world. But there are still people who love and need her and so Mia must make the ultimate choice. Mia is told that she must fight, fight so hard for her life but she doesn’t know how. She is told by many loved ones that if she needs to go it’s okay, but she was also simply told by her boyfriend ‘stay’. But as Mia is in a comma she isn’t aware of whats happening. Mia Hall is a young, talented and dedicated to everything she does. She’s a fighter and always try’s to make things work. From her family, friends and her much loved boyfriend. Mia enters an ‘out of body’ experience, as she watches over as her body is operated on and transported from ward to ward until she ends up in the ICU. She watches as people come and go, watching her body. But is this all just a goodbye or will she be able to pull through?
The book ‘If I stay’ is somewhat confusing which is what kept me captivated at all times. It’s a very modern book which is why it kept me so interested in it. It showed that opposites can come together just by connecting through music. This book shows that through good and bad, family always sticks together. The reason as to why I enjoyed this book so much was simply because it shows that something so terrible can happen in life, and it just turns your whole world upside down, but with the support of family and friends anything is possible.
I rate this book a 5/5 due to the way it was written and the story line. I recommend this book to people around the age of 14 onwards as it can be confusing, I also think mainly girls would enjoy this book as it’s a bit of a love story.
If I Stay was amazing! Both book and movie were to perfection! The book had wonderful memories of Adam and Mia that were spectacular and had the most loveable relationship ever!! I've even read this book 5 times and I still want to keep reading it over and over again. It's really is that amazing. The flashbacks were cute as well and the stuff Adam said to Mia!!! I was screaming while hugging a pillow. I'm really glad that this book turned into a movie but then I also got to visualise it even before watching the movie. It actually was how I visualised Adam to look like in the movie and I was so amazed that I was so happy. It is so great. It's one of those books that you can treasure for a long time and I love the way it expresses Mia's feelings. OMG the way I cried though. Be prepared!! I'm telling you are so going to need a box of tissues!! I cried while reading the book and at the movies so make sure you have it with you all the time! I would recommend this book to all those girls who love romance and tragedy kinda.. I think Adam and Mia are kinda my OTP!! hahaah! Hope you read this book! I really recommend it! ;)
I loved reading If I Stay. I was a little sceptical about how this book could keep my interest for the whole time I was reading it, but it did it with ease. The characters were the main reason for why I loved this book so much. They were all so vibrant and utterly compelling to read about. Their stories and their lives captured me and I loved reading about Mia and Adam’s relationship. It’s rare that I enjoy reading a lot of flashbacks, but this was definitely a time that I did. I absolutely loved reading about what happened before the accident. My favourite parts of the book were the flashbacks to Adam and Mia. I loved learning the story of their relationship and it was beautiful to see how close they were.
If I Stay is such a beautifully written, character-driven novel. From a glance, this book is about a girl choosing between life and death. With each unfolding event, Mia debates as to whether it would be worth staying and dealing with the pain and loss of what has happened, or whether it would be simply easier to die. But this book is so much more than that. The story is so emotional and had me tearing up on multiple occasions. I felt incredibly connected to all of the characters and I loved spending time with all of them. I definitely recommend reading it!
REVIEW: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
“If I Stay will not help you get over The Fault In Our Stars,” the headline read, with a link to the trailer to the 2009 novel’s movie adaptation underneath.
Yeah. Sure. What could be worse than TFIOS?
This is, definitely, inarguably ten times worse than TFIOS. To those who have witnessed my reactions to seeing the TFIOS trailer in cinemas, you’ll know that this is saying something.
Speaking of saying something, who on earth decided that playing A Great Big World’s smash hit Say Something in the midst of a trailer about losing the people you love? Whoever it was needs to be applauded and also needs a stern talking to.
I’m surprised Gayle Forman’s novel, published in 2009, hadn’t come across my radar before. In fact, I don’t even remember how I found it just a few months ago, but good god am I glad I did. There has never been a doubt in my mind that John Green’s TFIOS changed my life, I’ll happily admit that until the day I die. I’m not sure what it was, maybe the love story that showed me that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from or where you’re at, you’re capable of loving fully and being loved in return. I’m so, so glad that If I Stay is a different kind of love story; a subtle one. Forman doesn’t beat around the bush, she plows through it. I was sobbing within the first eleven pages, where our main girl Mia is introducing us to the flaws of her family, and why she loves them so much. Here’s the line that had me in tears, a blanket wrapped around my head instead of my body:
You wouldn’t expect the radio to work afterwards. But it does.
There aren’t any chapter breaks in this book, so you don’t know when to stop, if you do at all. I didn’t, and read the book in four hours straight, barely able to breath in the dark of the night when I flipped the last page. I guess the idea around If I Stay is being able to choose whether you live or die, if you even can. The book weaves in between Mia flashing back to memories of her family, friends and boyfriend, and those people coming in to see her as she’s fighting for her life. I’ve been spending the last few days wondering which part grabbed me most. The part where, with each passing moment, she realises how much the people in her life love her and want her to stay, or if the idea that something so horrific can happen to the most innocent of us.
I don’t know. I’m starting to think that what’s in my head doesn’t make sense at all. Here are some of my favourite parts from If I Stay (which I can’t wait to see on the big screen).
“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.”
And another that I love with my whole heart, one I’m considering framing to put on my wall, so I can stare at it and be damn thankful for the wonderful people in my life who choose to keep me around.
“If you stay, I’ll do whatever you want…if you need me to go away, I’ll do that too. I was talking to Liz and she said that maybe coming back to your old life would just be too painful, that maybe it’d be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I’d do it. I can lose you like that if I don’t lose you today. I’ll let you go. If you stay.”
Annnnnd cue the tears. Maybe it’s just me, I’m a sucker for good quotes. I’ve compiled a list. Books will ruin me. I’m more than happy with that. If you watched the trailer and think you’d like to see the movie, definitely try and read the book first. It’s not long, and will grip you enough for you not to put it down. Good luck!
Oh, and this ended up on my favourites shelf, if that’s any indication of how good it is!
My librarian recommened this book to a few people in my class and they didn't pick it up so I did.
I liked it but I didn't LOVE it.
It was an okay read.
If I stay is a great book! Mia has to make a choice to live or die.