If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Posted August 3, 2014 | 39 Comments

If I Stay by Gayle FormanIf I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay #1
Published by: Speak
Publication Date: April 2, 2009
Format: eBook

On a day that started like any other,

Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she'll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

I’ve just finished this book, so please ignore my red swollen eyes. It felt like they were on a continuous drip while reading If I Stay, so it’s a good thing it was a quick read.

I heard of If I Stay years ago when everyone was going on and on about how great it was. Did I listen? Not really. Then I saw the trailer for the movie and it brought me to tears. So I figured if a two minute movie trailer could do that to me, then the book would rip me to shreds. I couldn’t wait!

There’s no way around the heartbreak in this story. It’s sad, plain and simple. At the same time, with all of the hurt and loss, there is also beauty, hope and love.

It’s told so perfectly with Mia narrating the past and present. As we experience what Mia is going through at the present, we get lots of memories that allow us to get to know her and her family. Even though the memories were often happy, that made it even more painful at times. We’re getting attached and falling in love with these people, knowing they’re gone, and that’s what Mia will have to live with if she chooses to stay. It’s heart-wrenching.

In the midst of all this is an absolutely beautiful love story. Adam and Mia were so opposite, yet so right together. And the way music played such a huge role in the story was wonderful.

If I Stay for sure deserves the hype it has received. I have no doubt that this is a story that will always stick with me.


Have you read this?

Will you watch the movie?

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39 responses to “If I Stay by Gayle Forman

    • Christy
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      I read the 2nd book immediately after this one and loved it too. This one just had a lot more personal meaning to me.

  1. I’m sooo scared of starting this one. I don’t know why but I just do O_O I saw the trailer as well and loved it to bits, and I may watch the movie way before I watch the book haha. Sometimes that’s how I roll >_> I’m just scared of how it would be emotionally scarring me, and when that happens, I’ll be too scared to watch the movie (this is the reason why I still have not wathed TFiOS… I don’t want to be emotionally traumatized all over again! D: )
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    • Christy
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      It was just flashbacks, not dual narrations. I always love a good flashback. 😀 I don’t think it leans toward younger YA … I mean, she’s 17 almost 18. I thought it was a really good story for all ages.

  2. Are you all cleaned up now??? Fantastic review, girl!! I can’t believe you can even type!

    This is one of those contemp books I will always have to avoid, unfortunately… It will make me cry, cry, cry and end up giving me a headache. Real life sad stuff just kind of depresses me so I try and avoid the stuff that doesn’t come with a HEA. Pathetic, yes, but I don’t even watch the news so there is THAT.
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  3. See, I didn’t listen either. I did buy it though, and had it for a while, started it once then put it down. Then watched the trailer and I NEED TO READ IT. Probably will before I see it anyway, so I have a while (I usually wait for the DVD’s now) unless I honestly can’t wait then I’m all over that, haha. I love ones that make you cry, but then I also hate them. But, if a book makes you love and hate it, it’s kind of done it’s job, right? I won’t cry, I won’t, I won’t Yeah, I said that with TFiOS. It totally didn’t worked.

    • Christy
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      lol – I seek out books that will make me breakdown. I just need to feel that sometimes, and books are what do it for me.

  4. I haven’t listened either Christy! I know this one is going to make me cry so I just keep putting it off even though I always end up loving books that can make me cry. Ridiculous, I know. I think I want to see the movie first though, that way I won’t be nitpicking at all the things they changed from page to screen:) So glad to know you loved this!
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  5. I’ve had this book for at least two years and still haven’t read it. I guess I’ve been worried about hype, and of the ugly cry.
    I’m so glad you loved it!

    • Christy
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      I read the 2nd book immediately after this one. I loved it, but this one is the one that pulled me more. The story is very … close to home for me.

  6. Oh my gosh this one would do me in right now. I’m avoiding the tear jerkers like the plague. I’ve got a list going for when I’m back up to normal and can handle them ::snort:: And I can’t believe I’ve not heard of either the book or the movie. Have so been living under a rock! lol
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  7. I read this book shortly after it came out and I was a complete puddle for days. But I loved it so much, as well as the sequel. Each time I see the trailer, I get a little teary. I hope it’s as good as the book.
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