Book Review

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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If I Stay
Gayle Forman
Dutton Books for Young Readers
April 2nd 2009

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.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

This book is about a hard subject. Death and life. It’s about choices and how they shape us.

A lot of authors shy away from writing about death and it takes a talented author to write about it and Gayle Forman you are that talented author.

Death is tackled in such a good way that it actually breaks your heart and mends it throughout the book. You are taken on this incredible journey with the main character as she makes sense about what is going on and has to make a choice. Does she stay or does she go?

I like how it kind of goes back and forth. We go through this montage of all the choices the main character made that brought her to the place that she is at in this book. Some books don’t make this concept work and it ruins the whole book, this one however did work, it worked well.

The concept of love and the different types of love we all have was incredibly real and raw throughout this whole book.

Overall, I was incredibly impressed by this book. It was amazing.

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