Review: If I Stay..... by Gayle Forman


If I Stay by Gayle Forman


Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (April 2, 2009)

Synopsis:

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones. Move to New York City to pursue her true love — music — or stay with her boyfriend, family and friends

Then there is a horrible accident. And suddenly all of her choices are gone. Except for the one choice that truly matters.


My Review: YYYYY

It is a beautiful February morning as the snow begins to fall, and although it is not a blizzard it becomes enough to close the schools for the day. Mia's hip and post hippie parents decide to make it a family day and soon Mia, her parents and little brother pile into the car and head off onto a family adventure. Mia, a budding Cellist, is about to face some very important choices in her life, to stay with her family, friends and boyfriend in Oregon or travel to New York and fulfill her dream. But the day's adventure is not about future worries, today she is content with her family and their adventure while listening to Beethoven, when the car spins out of control on an icy road.....

Mia soon becomes an invisible bystander, a witness to the horrible events that are unfolding before her. From this perspective she knows that her Father and Mother are dead and younger brother, Teddy, is seriously injured. She sees her body cling to life in a nearby ICU, shuttled in and out of the operating room, all the while questioning..... is she already dead? In between these events of the present trauma she recalls the poignant moments of her life. The first time she saw the Cello and knew that it was meant for her to play, the birth of her younger brother Teddy and how he held her gaze when he came out of their mother's womb, her first kiss with her budding rock star boyfriend Adam, her infamous fight with her BFF kim and the countless moments with her beloved parents. Mia takes this all in as her memories intertwine with present events and then the unthinkable happens, adding to Mia's heartache and leaving her broken and forever changed. How can she go on....

Then she has to make the most important choice. Should she make the effort to will herself back or should she take the easy route and allow herself to die? In order to find that out, you will have to read it or wait for the movie that is set to come out in 2011.

I had to wait a couple of days to make this review, because I was so filled with emotion over this book. I laughed, I cried....this book stayed in my mind for days. Gayle Forman, wrote a compelling life afirming novel. The seem less interjection of Mia's memories intertwined with her traumatic situation were flawless. The story flowed so well with its moments of great humor, passion and insight, just like the notes played by a Cellist....humming through your soul and it leaving you breathless from the experience. If I Stay, is a heart achingly beautiful read and a true testament to the power of love, family and the choices that we make. I highly recommend reading it, but also recommend having tissues handy :)

If I Stay Video

4 comments on "Review: If I Stay..... by Gayle Forman"

Reverie wrote: May 22, 2009 at 4:11 AM

hahaha i finished this last night in the bookstore and was sitting there in the middle of it crying! OMG! loooved it!


So Many Books, So Little Time wrote: May 22, 2009 at 6:48 AM

I loved this too. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


Kate wrote: May 22, 2009 at 10:14 AM

I enjoyed this too.
I didn't cry though, but it was still emotional.


Frankie Diane wrote: May 22, 2009 at 1:51 PM

This is one of my favorites!


Post a Comment

I would love to see what you have to say :)

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

Tales of a Ravenous Reader

My Photo
Hello, and thank you for stopping by. This is my little haven for talking about the books that I adore.

Grab My Button

Email Twitter RSS Feed

Contact Me

I am an avid reader from Northern California and if you are a publisher and would like to have your YOUNG or NEW ADULT book reviewed, please email me. I accept ARCs, as well as books that have already been released. I am also more than happy to do author interviews, guest posts, and contests to promote your book as long as they are in the Young and New Adult genre. Please check my review policy prior to sending me an email, thank you. curlyshoe(at)gmail(dot)com

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
nancy has read 0 books toward her goal of 125 books.
hide

Top Ten of 2014

<a href="#" target="_blank"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3926/15145772100_9ecde9abb1_o.png" width="250" height="250" border="0" style="margin-bottom: 5px;"></a>

Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA and NA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is best to verify all events prior to attendance.

2014

OCTOBER

KISSCON AT COPPERFIELD'S
Ilona and Gordon Andrews, Sarah Maclean, Laura Kaye, Rachel Gibson, Elizabeth Boyle, Cathy Maxwell, Lori Wilde, TJ Kline, Jennifer Ryan, and Julie Anne Long
Copperfield's in San Rafael
Saturday, November 22 @ 1-3


KAT BEYER *Demon Catchers of Milan*
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Saturday, November 29 @ 3pm

DECEMBER

FRANK PORTMAN
Book Passage in San Francisco
Monday, December 15 @ 6pm

JANUARY

STACEY JAY
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, January 2 @ 7pm

FEBRUARY


COURTNEY ALAMEDA Book Launch
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, February 5 @ 7pm

What I am Reading Now

and this too.....

Book Tour Host

Book Tour Host

Book Tour Host

Follow by Email

Followers

Rating System

♥♥♥♥♥ Love it! A must read

♥♥♥♥ Great, give it a try

♥♥♥ Okay, a decent read

♥♥ Meh, read at your own risk

Would not recommend

DNF=Did Not Finish

Blog Archive

Blog Stats

Blog Designer