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If I Stay

Author:  Gayle Forman

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.

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Dec 17,2016

Abrupt ending, I thought there would be so much more due to the hype over this contemporary title. I expected a much more extremely emotional journey with a possible tear or laugh but got very little attachment to the emotion of the characters.

Don't get me wrong, it is quite a cute romance but there was never a moment that I finally related to any of the characters which made it very hard for me to sympathise with them.

May 07,2016
Apr 16,2015
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The author Gayle Forman, expresses through the book, If I stay that we are faced with decisions that may change our life forever. Throughout the book we get to explore the life of seventeen year old Mia, a passionate cellist. The author shows that the choices that people have to make, often leave them to sacrifice something they love.

 After a tragic car accident, Mia is left fighting for her life. Although, she is figuring out what state she is in and how to get out of it, as Mia is stuck between the world and ‘after life’. She is a fighter and always tries to make things work, especially for her family, friends and her boyfriend. Mia was about to make a choice, which was to stay where she is in Oregon, or to move to New York City, but now, she has to make an even bigger decision which may affect the ones she loves. 

Gayle Forman does a wonderful job portraying Mia as she uses flashbacks, and describes the atmosphere in detail to illustrate what Mia’s thoughts are. Mia’s mind journeys back to all of her memories, triumphs, heart breaks and future which shows us the kind of person she is.

Throughout the novel, Mia finds out that the choices she makes in life, sometimes make you. Although very sad, the story is told in a very interesting way. This book will get all your emotions running. 

Nov 24,2014
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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.

Oct 20,2014

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! ;)

Aug 10,2014

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!


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