If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Date Published: April 6th 2010
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 heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
I heard so many great things about If I Stay that I had no choice but go out and buy it. I came home after my stop and B & N, and immediately started it.
Once I started reading If I Stay I thought “Crap, I’m not going to like it” because Mia was too perfect for me. I really can’t stand goody two shoes characters, but quickly realized If I Stay isn’t about Mia but about her decision, her experience, and her journey. Once I let go of my dislike for Mia’s Miss America personality I was able to enjoy If I Stay.
This really is a heartwrenching story about death, trauma and the heartbreaking choice to stay or go. Some of Mia’s thoughts during her journey did get me teary eyed. Author Gayle Forman took me on a sad ride, her words flowed, sometimes poetically. It really makes you think “What would you do?”
If I Stay is a well written book that will pull at your heartstrings.