Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review: If I Stay

If I StayIf I Stay by Gayle Forman
Published by Dutton on April 6, 2010

Goodreads Summary: 

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.

My thoughts: One word: Heartbreaking. Oh my word.  Mia has everything--a wonderful family, a caring boyfriend and a talent and passion for the cello. A tragic car accident and it may all be lost. Forman creates a beautiful life and breaks it into a million pieces. And you, as the reader, must watch Mia as she tries to put together the pieces and make the hardest choice in her life.

Not going to lie, I bawled while reading this book. In public. Such a blunt look on life, but wonderfully told. This novel leaves you questioning the choices you would make, and what would make staying worth it. 

On a side note, the book is bit graphic. After reading the first few chapters, I realized at I had picked up this book from the library before, but stopped after reading the first three. 

This is an amazing book. I always seem to have a lost for words when describing the books I love the most. Read this one. It's worth the tears.


  1. This book had my ugly crying hard core. AMAZING story!

    BTW - Love the new look!

  2. I'm so glad you liked this one! I LOVED it! It made me cry! I had a fairly constant stream of tears for the whole entire novel!