Sunday, September 21, 2014

If I Stay

IF I STAY
If I Stay, by Gale Forman, is the perfect book to read on a rainy weekend or on a short beach trip. The writing is wonderful and if you are a person who doesn’t have much time for leisure reading If I Stay could easily be read in three days. Initially I wasn’t too interested in reading If I Stay or seeing the movie, because honestly the movie preview reminded me of something that would be on Lifetime – not that there is anything wrong with Lifetime but it just isn’t my cup of tea. After knowing a few people who have read the book and completely loved it I decide to give in and pick up a copy and I fell in love with the storyline.

Mia, a seventeen year-old, daughter of loving parents, a sister, a cello player with a musician boyfriend has her life changed in the blink of an eye. When Mia and her family are on their way to visit family friends they are in a tragic car accident. Mia slowly comes to realize that she is the only survivor, she’s in a coma, and it is her decision to stay. Instead of the book being broken up by chapters If I Stay is broken up by time. The storyline takes you on journey of how family/friends reacts to a tragic accident and Mia’s Journey of if she should stay.

Mia is faced with the unavoidable questions of What will happen If she stays or leaves, and how it will impact her loved ones that are waiting for her to come out of her coma if she decides to go. Once Mia pieces together that her brother, Teddy, along with her parents were killed in the car accident she is more tempted than ever to go, “ I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard”. In the end love and music brings Mia back to stay.

“And that’s just it, isn’t it? That’s how we manage to survive the loss. Because love, it never dies, it never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it.”
~Gayle Forman, If I Stay

8 comments:

  1. This has been on my reading list for a while, thanks for reminding me to pick it up!

    Makeshift Munch

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    1. You will love it, If I Stay really does have a wonderful storyline!

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  2. Well now I think I might just have to read it - hopefully it won't turn me into a big pile of tears though, the fault in our starts was rough!

    Pick Your Beau

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    1. If I Stay has a whole different feel to it than The Fault In Our Stars. I actually enjoyed If I Stay a little better than the other and it's not as sad either.

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  3. A friend of mine at work read If I Stay and it's sequel and loved it. I'm not much of a romantic story reader, but maybe I'll borrow it from her.
    -Alex
    www.monstermisa.blogspot.com

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    1. You should definitely borrow it, you will fall in love with the story line!

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  4. I loved this book so much! So excited to see the movie!

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

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    1. I have heard so many great things about the movie, I can't wait to see it either!

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