November 18, 2010
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Published by Dutton (Penguin) April 2009
Reviewed from copy borrowed from the library.
Summary from GoodReads
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.
When it comes to books I know that I will be reading I'm careful with reviews. I look to see if they are positive or negative and then tend to move on. I don't want to know too much, I don't want to know whats going to happen ahead of time.
This was very much the case with If I Stay. An award winning novel I knew was highly recommended, and wanted to read.
To tell the truth I didn't even fully know what it was about.
I connected with Mia right from the beginning. Perhaps it was our shared love of music, but her character was endearing and very real. Gayle Forman did a wonderful job of intertwining the past and present so that it flowed and made sense. I loved Mia's innocence and her view of the world, but the choice in front of her was just heartbreaking and at a couple of points I was sobbing. Not, just tears but those big type of belly sobs.
The story has caused me to pause and think about things in my own life. How they can change in a millisecond. I'm still thinking about Mia and her family days after reading it.
The story is also about love and hope and courage...
I borrowed it from the library but I've ordered it. It's a book I need to read over. It's a book that I want to have on my shelf.
I loved it.