If I Stay – Book Review

I have this long list of books I need to read, it the list keeps growing and growing. I just completed the book, If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Part of the reason was because the movie is coming out August 22nd, 2014 and it looks so good, so I kind of had to read the book before I saw the movie.

If I Stay is about a seventeen year old girl, Mia living the perfect life. She has the perfect family, an amazing cello musician who is going somewhere, and the always cliche, perfect boyfriend. But in an instant all of it is taken away from her when she wakes to find that her car is completely ruined. She starts to wonder if she is dead since both of her parents and her little brother are dead. But as she follows her body to the hospital she learns that she’s in a coma. Now Mia has to make the toughest decision in her life. Should she stay or should she die? Mia struggles with this decision. She just lost her entire family and doesn’t know if she can go on without them. But when her grandparents, best friend, Kim and boyfriend, Adam visit her they slowly persuade her to stay.

I got through this book pretty quickly. It was an easy read and pretty addicting. I think another reason I read it was to see her and Adam’s relationship. There were some moments where I shed a tear just because of all the right things that Adam said. With the story filled with constant flashbacks, we learned all of Mia’s feelings and her every thought.

Personally, I love when authors get really into the character. It feels as if the character is an actual living, breathing human being and not just some character we read about. Every character felt real in this story and that’s what good authors do, bring the characters to life.

I recommend this book if you want an emotional story line about hard decisions in life. Also, like I mentioned before, it’s a quick read and one that you won’t regret. I will admit that the ending was terrible, not tragically terrible but cliffhanger horrible. At least there is a sequel. Now all I have to do is wait until the movie.



  1. David Bader says:

    Great review of this book…Good use of first person method to give a nice slant to the book’s theme…..

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