If I Stay

I have to admit it: I watched the movie before I read the book. I know, I know! It was wrong, but it was a last minute plan, and I didn’t even have time to consider reading the book before I left half an hour later to watch it.

That was in the summer. I just finished reading the book by Gayle Forman, and now I MUST read the sequel!!! ❤

If I Stay is about a young woman named Mia who started off the book with a normal day. She is heading out, driving to visit her parent’s friends, when one car accident changes everything.

The next thing Mia sees is medics everywhere at the scene whisking her and her family to the hospital. But here’s the thing: Mia isn’t seeing this from her almost lifeless body’s view, she’s seeing it from a whole new perspective, like a ghost. She is then taken to the intensive care unit, where she learns that she is in grave condition.

The novel doesn’t have chapters, but times instead. For example, it would have the title ’10:32 am’, and talk about what is happening to her and her family at the moment. The interesting thing is that the entire book takes place in about a day, when she figures out it is her choice to stay.

The whole story flashes back to times when she was just a child with her parents, and really it just builds up her character, and takes us to the place where she is now. It explains about her passion for the cello, how she auditioned for Julliard, and about her family life. A big part of the flash backs were also about Mia’s boyfriend Adam, and best friend Kim.

Throughout the book they go back and forth, between flashbacks and reality. I think this was really well written because you were able to see pieces of Mia’s life and in the end it all comes together. The question is: Does Mia choose to stay?

I could not put this book down! I read in two days flat, and it was amazing! Again, I admit the movie helped me put a face to the names, and I could envision everything perfectly.

But don’t worry- the book was definitely better than the movie!

In conclusion, If I Stay was a heart breaking, beautifully written story that I enjoyed immensely. It was a great pick to start off the month! Now I can’t wait to read the sequel, Where She Went…

-Zoie 😀

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