Friday, April 26, 2013

Review: If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by Gayle Forman

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.

I can now fully understand what everyone has been takling about when it comes to Gayle Forman.  Wow...just wow!  For me this book has now been added to the shelf along with Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, and that's not an easy feat.  It's a book that touched me deeply and had me truly invested from start to finish.  One that I know I'll look back and think on often...there's no way to forget it.

Her writing and style were so capturing and her characters so beautiful and endearing.  I honestly felt like I was losing family members, Mia was that easy to relate to as a character and narrator. The circumstances, the ideas behind her potential choices, and the ripple effect it would inevitably create...haunting!  I have come across many good writers, some even great ones.  Forman, in my opinion takes it to another level.  And knowing after reading so many other rave reviews and comments, means I'm not the only one feeling this way.

I'm of course over the moon to know there's a sequel for me to read and can't wait to see if Forman can put as much force behind Adam's voice as she did with Mia.  I'm just very grateful to have the opportunity to read amazing stories like this one.

I gave If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) 5 shamrocks!!!!!


  1. So glad you liked this one! It really can bring you to tears you should read Ordinary Beauty by Laura Wiess its a really good one too!
    Ya Book Haven

  2. I loved this book! It's powerfully written and some of the questions it raised have stayed with me.



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