Book Review: ‘If I Stay’ by Gayle Forman

Book Cover: If I Stay by Gayle FormanRating: 4
Tissues: 8

The Low Down: What if you got to relive your past? Learning to play the cello, meeting your boyfriend for the first time, being with your best friend? What if you got to watch your mother’s strength, your dad’s energy, your little brother’s unconditional love? How about if you get to hear what your family, friends and acquaintances have to say about you? What if this can only happen because you are in a coma?

Mia’s family has been in a horrific car accident. What’s strange is while walking the scene, she discovers her own body, lying there. Soon she is en route to the hospital, and over the next day she realizes that no matter how much her friends and family want her to stay, the final decision is up to her.

[I know that is such a short description, but there is so much that I don’t want to tell you so can have the experience of reading it yourself. There are many flashbacks and stories that will alternate breaking your heart and giving you goose bumps.]

Best Thang ‘Bout It: The manner the story is told. I love that she can walk around and hear what people are saying; I love the flashbacks. And Adam is the best soon-to-be-a-rock-star boyfriend ever found in print. Best friend, Kim, ain’t no slouch either. In fact, the secondary characters are all very well-developed, one of my personal “Signs of a Great Story.”

I’m Cranky Because: Honestly, I don’t really enjoy crying while reading. I wear glasses when I read, and the sheer annoyance of having to stop reading, take the glasses off, blot my eyes, and put them on seriously slows me down. *Sigh* #NotEvenARealProblem

To Read or Not To Read: If you like heart-tugging sadness, overwhelming love and great people, then what are you waiting for?

If I Stay by Gayle Forman was published April 2, 2009 by Dutton Juvenile.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance Tragedy
Ages: 14 and up
You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note

Other Reviews:
Just a Lil’ Lost: 4 of 5 Stars (@JustALilLost)
Literary Meanderings (@scaruuh)

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9 thoughts on “Book Review: ‘If I Stay’ by Gayle Forman”

  1. OMG you gave it a tissue rating, eep. This sounds really good, and I like the she can hear others. I really have to be in the mood for tissues required reads..adding to my list.

  2. Thanks for the review! I finally got this book from the library a couple of weeks ago, but I have been hesitant for some reason about starting it. Now I think after reading your review it is time that I take the plunge. Good to know I should have some tissues on hand. 🙂

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