If I Stay by Gayle Forman
(If I Stay, #1)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Format: ebook from Missie
Read: 12/2/2011 — 12/4/2011
In Six Words: I want to hug everyone now.
1. If I Stay
2. Where She Went
In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces – to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.
Why I Started Reading This Book and Final Verdict
Believe it or not, my journey to read If I Stay began by being bullied to read the Hunger Games. During a conversation between me, Missie, and Jess, Missie bullied both of us to read If I Stay, which then turned into an informal mini-readathon on Goodreads (which never really happened but was okay anyway). If I Stay is not a book that you want to miss.
Remember when I said I don’t really cry easily when I read books? If I Stay made me cry. I wanted to bawl. It made me set down the book and go bake cookies with my mom. It made me text my brother just to say, “Hey, how are you?” and it made me hug the boyfriend just a little more tightly. This book will destroy you. At first I didn’t think I would be able to write a review because If I Stay is the kind of book that rubs your emotions raw and leaves them open and bleeding. But it would be doing a disservice not to talk about If I Stay. So here I am.
If I Stay alternates between present day of Mia in a coma watching life unfold around her and memories that Mia relives. The memories reveal, while not a perfect childhood, a childhood that is certainly filled with a loving family and happy times. When contrasted with the present Mia, locked a coma, these memories become even more painful to bear, a poignant reminder of everything that can be lost.
As difficult and heart-wrenching as If I Stay is, it is a book that you should consider reading. Though there is so much more that I could say, this is one you should experience for yourself.