Series: If I Stay #1
Published by Speak on April 2, 2009
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Owned Audible Book
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.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
If I Stay is one of those books I meant to read, but somehow missed the first time (or two) around. Two things made me finally pick it up. The first was that my friend, Pam at Midnyte Reader read it and wrote a glowing review. That was really enough to sell me on the book. But secondly, I really wanted to read the book before watching the movie. I still haven’t seen the movie, but at least now that I’ve read the book I don’t have to feel as if I’m cheating when I do watch the movie. 😉
If I Stay had a familiar premise, especially in YA- a young girl’s life hangs in the balance while she decides if she should live or die. In fact, I might have confused this book for BeforeI Fall by Lauren Oliver, because they were both pretty popular when I started blogging. However, Foreman brings a lot more to the plot than usual. Mia has a wonderful, amazing family whom she adores. And now they’re all gone.
Yet she also has an amazing boyfriend (Adam! Swoon!) and a fantastic best friend. It was completely understandable why Mia struggled with the decision to go into the light, or fight to live. Living, even with the super cute hottie boyfriend waiting for her, will mean pain- so much pain, both physical and emotional. If she chooses to go, to follow her family, then she leaves behind grieving friends and loved ones. It’s not an easy decision (okay, Adam would be enough for me, but still, I get the struggle). Mia had a truly great life before the accident. Losing so much, all at once, is devastating.
I don’t know if I’ll read Where She Went. I’m okay with where If I Stay ended and I’ve heard mixed opinions about the 2nd book… so we’ll see. I don’t already own it, but I am going to a Gayle Foreman signing later this month, so that might be the book I pick up.
Kirsten Potter narrates, and she did a good job. I’ve listened to several books she’s done, a few of the Lisa Gardner thrillers, and I’ll probably download Station Eleven because that’s the book club book for February, so she’s definitely a narrator that I’d recommend.