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