Tuesday, November 29, 2011

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay
Gayle Forman
If I Stay #1

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.

I have no words to describe this book. If you read the blurb it really doesn't sound very exciting, but it's one of the best, most emotional books I've read recently. Forman does a great job showcasing Mia's life through her memories while she wanders the hospital. This book flows so well, and I was never at all confused about the timeline, which is impressive because it jumps around a lot.

I absolutely loved Mia's family and friends, which almost made the story even more heartrending. Everything about this book was spectacular, and I'm going to stop talking now so you can go out and read it. Seriously. Do it. Now. You won't regret it.

5 cupcakes

If you liked If I Stay, try:
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Lions of al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay


  1. Hey Kate. Sounds like you really enjoyed this book. Everyone raves about it so much (especially Chris!) so I think I might have to give it a go soon :)

  2. I know it sounds odd, but the sequel to this book, Where She Went, actually works. If you haven't already read it, I recommend that you do. I read it in approximately one sitting, crying my eyes out. (I also listened to Bon Iver on repeat while reading, which probably didn't help with the whole crying thing.)

  3. Ali - yes you must read it!

    YA Second City - I've heard that, and it kind of surprises me because I thought the conclusion in this one was pretty good, but I'm definitely going to read it soon! Only I think I need a little break from books that make me cry...


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