Monday, 27 May 2013

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Summary from Goodreads:
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 heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

If I Stay was a heart-wrenching and addictive read.I heard so many good things about this book so I had very high expectations for it. Thankfully, they were met!

Early in the book we face a heart break. Gayle Forman knew exactly how to tug on my heart strings with the words she chose and the descriptions she wrote. We really get attached to the characters early on and that attachment lasted through out the book.

Every aspect in the book was perfectly written and every emotional moment was made all the more emotional by strong writing and a writing style that is hard not to connect with. The plot was developed wonderfully and at a believable pace. Nothing felt rushed. It left me wondering how it would end.

I borrowed the sequel to this book, Where She Went, from the library not realizing that it was a sequel so I knew how If I Stay ended. Having said that, I was still very emotional and in awe of the ending and couldn't stop thinking about it long after I had turned the last page.

It took me so long to write my review for this book because I honestly couldn't put into words my thoughts and feelings for it. Honestly, if  you haven't read it then go to the library or bookshop and get it because it is amazing.

An emotional roller-coaster that left me thinking about it long after I'd turned the last page. 


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    I have not heard of this book, but I'm glad that you enjoyed it so much! This sounds like a read I would have to prepare for, since I normally don't read sad stories!

  2. Ahh this was a favourite of mine like 2 or 3 years ago, tell me you've read the sequel. Where She Went... it's just as beautiful and will leave your heart on the edge the whole way through it!

    1. I haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but I hear that it is amazing! It's the first book I'm going to read when I finish my exams.