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Friday, July 26, 2013

[REVIEW] If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman
Genre: YA Romance, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Published: April 2nd 2009 by Dutton Juvenile
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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 heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

Heartbreaking. There’s no other word for IF I STAY. It’s written so simply yet the rawness is there. The story is beautiful and sad. It’s not trying hard to be anything. Nothing felt forced in it. The words are smooth and simple, but they will pierce your heart. I loved everything about this book - the music, the love, the passion, even the pain. I love how cool the characters are. I love the awkward relationship between Mia and Adam. I love that Mia’s parents are so amazing. I love Kim because she’s true and honest. I love Willow because she’s a lot like Mia’s mom – tender but feisty. I love Mia’s Gramps because he understands. I love Adam because even though Mia is insecure and doesn’t feel like she deserves him, he’s crazy in love with her. And I love that this book made me cry a lot because it’s freaking beautiful and moving and tragic that I wouldn’t want to read it again anytime soon because it will definitely break my heart all over again.

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Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!


  1. I love Adam too. This book was beautifully written, I agree with you there. I have yet to read the sequel Where She Went but I hope to soon.

    1. Thanks, Kay! :) I've just started Where She Went and I'm liking it so far. A bit sad though.

  2. I've heard amazing things about this series! I have the second one sitting on my shelf, but haven't gotten the chance to purchase the first one yet! Thank you for your review!

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  3. Ohhhh!! I've heard loads about this book and it really sounds fantastic!!! I really need to find the time to read it!!! :) love your review and am so glad you loved it! Awesome job!!


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