Series: If I Stay #1
Published by Speak on April 2, 2009
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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.
What I Thought…
• I purchased If I Stay (and Where She Went) quite awhile ago, but put off reading it because I really don’t like reading books that make me cry, and this one is definitely on people’s crying lists. Since Gayle Forman is coming to town and I am planning on going to the signing I thought it would be a good idea to read one of her books first.
• I loved how If I Stay unfolded. Mia and her family get into a car accident and Mia is caught between living and dying and reflects upon her life as she decides whether she should stay or go. We get to know her, Adam, and her family,through her memories. There was a good mix of sweet, funny and sad memories.
• I really liked Adam. Her memories of him are mostly sweet and the way he is after the accident is even better.
• The hardest part for me was how close Mia is to her family and how close I am to mine. I can’t even fathom something like this happening. Surprisingly this comparison was the only thing that made me tear up in If I Stay.
• I hate to say this, but this is one of the rare cases where I like the movie tie in cover better than the book cover I have.
Overall I loved If I Stay, it was just as good as promised.