Title and Author: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication Date: April 9, 2009
Genre: Young Adult
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-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.
I had heard a lot of great things about this book before I read it and, even though I don’t feel as passionately about it as some people, I really enjoyed it.
If you ever wondered what an out of body experience would be like – what it would entail – this book is definitely for you!
After a terrible car crash Mia finds for herself what that out of body experience is like. While her body lies in a hospital bed, her spirit wanders around as she tries to understand what truly is happening to her by remembering her family and friends.
I wasn’t sure the plot of this book would work but it certainly did, especially considering Mia quickly realizes she has a choice to make. She has to choose between fighting for her life or letting go completely.
Mia is a very good main character. She’s real an honest. She loves her family, her best friend, her boyfriend and classical music. She grows as the story develops, becoming a stronger person.
Adam – Mia’s boyfriend – is my favorite character, though. He’s one amazing boyfriend. He’s caring, sweet and not afraid to make a big gesture. Have a mentioned he’s a rockstar? Yes, he is and a very sexy one at that.
This book can be an emotional rollercoaster at times. Characters emotions feel real and some moments can be heartbreaking.
I also love the fact music plays a great part on the story.
All in all this is a wonderfully well-written book, able to make you feel emotional and think about your own life.
I’ll definitely have to read Where She Went now!
Rating: Worth Your Time (4 Stars)