If I Stay

If I Stay

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By (author) Gayle Forman

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  • Publisher: Definitions
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 200mm x 18mm | 206g
  • Publication date: 3 July 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1909531235
  • ISBN 13: 9781909531239
  • Edition statement: Film Tie-In.
  • Illustrations note: No
  • Sales rank: 138

Product description

Now a major film starring Chloe Grace Moretz. 'Just listen,' Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.' I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen. 'Stay,' he says. Everybody has to make choices. Some might break you. For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they're all about a future full of music and love, a future that's brimming with hope. But life can change in an instant. A cold February morning ...a snowy road ...and suddenly all of Mia's choices are gone. Except one. As alone as she'll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all. Haunting, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you've lost - and all that might be. It includes interviews with the stars of the film, Chloe Moretz and Jamie Blackley.

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GAYLE FORMAN is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Elle in the US. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 15 Sep 2014 4

Okay, so short and sweet, but not quite tweet. I read this book before I started blogging, so no review is already on my blog. This is a re-read but I think that I feel a lot of the same things. Yes, a few things may be colored because this is a re-read after I watched the movie.

Which, yes, I enjoyed the movie. I think that the casting was dead on, and I was emotional for the whole thing. I couldn't remember what detail the end of the book went into that the movie didn't but that is the one thing my mom complained about going into the movie without reading the book.

I loved the realistic nature of the relationship between Adam and Mia. They are both so in love with music and I think that the draw of seeing someone else your age just get it is believable and made me totally immerse into their relationship. Music, and the importance on their life wasn't watered down for them, the book explored so many issues that would have been sources of possible problems for teenagers in love. The fact that she wants to get into Julliard and Adam and his band are on the brink of something huge.

The emotions of Mia, having to make a choice, to stay without her mom, dad and brother, who were such a close family. They did life together, they were open and honest with each other. But most of all, they loved each other hard, no matter their differences. I don't know what I would have chosen in her place, and it was all powerful and beautifully written.

Bottom Line: Emotional and powerful story about a girl with an impossible choice.

By Karina 12 Sep 2014 5

I read this book a couple of months ago and was very excited to read it. I loved it from beginning to end - the plot beginning with the traumatic car crash. This book takes you on a journey through the point of view of Mia, whom has to make the heart-wrenching decision to live or to die. I fell in love with the storyline and Mias relationship with Adam, and their connection to music. I found this book very enjoyable and found myself weeping along with the characters as i read on. I recommend this book to everyone at an older audience - YA & above - as there is some mature content involved. There was merely a fault with this book!

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"This sensitively written story of the power of love and loss presses all the right buttons ... The intensity of feelings and tragic suddenness with which life changes will strike a chord with teenagers and the young at heart. Read it, as they say, and weep" Daily Mail "This is a wonderful, beautiful book; so gripping, so wise and oh, so heart-breakingly painful" "A compulsive read" "This is a haunting and heartbreaking novel reminiscent of The Lovely Bones ... Impossible to put down" Bookseller "For the first few pages, If I Stay comes across like a light hearted story about a teenager, her love life and her kooky family, but from the moment Forman hits you with the devastatingly detached description of the aftermath of the crash, you know you've picked up something special" The Bookbag