If I Stay

If I Stay

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Gayle Forman

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  • Publisher: Dutton Books
  • Format: Hardback | 201 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 211mm x 20mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 2 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0525421033
  • ISBN 13: 9780525421030
  • Sales rank: 9,453

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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.

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Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of "Just One Day" and "Just One Year," and the companion e-novella "Just One Night," as well as the "New York Times" bestsellers "If I Stay" and "Where She Went." She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.

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By Jill Barrakling 26 Aug 2011 5

So, yeah. I'm having serious trouble finding words for my experience while reading If I Stay.
To offer you maybe at least some understanding to my slightly jumbled thoughts: I myself was in a car accident two and half years ago, which killed my cousin and one of his friends, while leaving me and the other friend merely slightly hurt. It was difficult to go through and that is probably one of the reasons while I have shied away from this book. It probably just hit too close to home.

But then I just had to read it, too. Weird vicious circle, really.
I bawled my eyes out while reading this. I had some troubles with the flashbacks because I generally don't like flashbacks (and I didn't here, either), but this story lives through the flashbacks. Even for an outsider - and in this case the reader is an outsider - it is unbelievably hard to get a grasp of what Mia has lost. Dealing with the loss of one relative at a time can be extremely challenging if not impossible. But losing your entire immediate family at once like that? Unbelievable.

Even though the book treats a quite peculiar topic it is not all sad. The nice memories I experienced through Mia just show that her parents and her brother were such great and nice people and I forgot at times, that they were dead. That nothing could bring them back and that Mia would have to deal with that, if she decided to stay.

Heartbreaking and teary. There are so many great things to say about this book, but seriously: Just read it yourself if you haven't yet. I'm kind of at a loss for words here. It was really, really good. It also made me want to go out and buy Where She Went but shops are already closed here so I'll have to wait until next week.

By Scoot 31 Aug 2010 5

This is the first book in a long time that has seriously made me cry. A few have had my eyes tearing up a little, but this one had the tears flowing. The story is excellently written. The writing flows effortlessly, even with frequent transitions between past and current events. This book is filled with moments that make you laugh, smile or burst into tears. Very touching. In addition, I enjoyed reading about a teenager who took pleasure in spending time with her family and who really loved them. So many YA books make parents and siblings out to be the �???�??�?�¢?~bad guys' when that is not always the case. It was refreshing. The only downfall (if this counts as a downfall) is the story's length; it was over too soon! I definitely wanted the story to keep going, but at the same time the author ended it in just the right spot. A very moving book that I highly recommend; just make sure to have the tissues handy!