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Book Review – If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Series: If I Stay, #1
Genre: YA/Romance/Contemporary
Pages: 201
Published: April 2, 2009 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?
Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.


Life itself is a collection of choices. We make choices in life that may sometimes end up wrong. We are humans after all. We make good and bad choices in life. But whatever happens, life must always go on. The main idea of all of this is that we understood the lesson it provides and live by it. Making choices is always tough, especially if the ones involved are the things that you liked the most. What will you do if this happens to you?

This book will make us shed a tear or two. A story about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

Well, what can I say? This book is truly heartbreaking. And I am glad I saw the trailer of the film adaptation of this book. Yeah, you heard I mean, you read it right. If you are a constant reader of my blog, you’ll notice that this story is not my forte. I am more into suspense and mystery thriller. So why read this book in the first place? Well, there’s always a first time for everything. I am not an exclusive genre reader, though I am before, but now, I am very OPEN to try others. And I’m really glad that I did. Coming out to your comfort zone isn’t that bad after all.

So back to the story, eh. A dying girl who’s detached from her body and seeing how things happens while she’s in coma is not new to me. I’ve seen a Korean show just like it, so this story didn’t really intrigued me at all but what really intrigues me is the love story between these two main characters who shares a love with music but with two different tunes, the one with rock, while the other one with classics. Now, that’s what a fresh story is!

I really liked the story. I love how it started very light. A scene of a happy family always cheers me up. But I was saddened and shock for in its first chapter, it has to stop. Too soon eh? Mia and her family met an accident and that’s why Mia is face into another situation wherein she has to make a choice. I know it’s a spoiler, but don’t worry, I’ll never add more. 😀

I liked the story. I like how Adam loves Mia, and how her parents’ loves Adam. I couldn’t complain on the characters. All of them are just so perfect! I also liked how it doesn’t just centered on Mia and Adam’s love story, but it also talks about family and the true meaning of having them.

By the way, there is this one scene from the book that I can’t help but laugh my heart out as I am envisioning the idea of playing your body as a musical instrument. I know it meant as a sensual scene but I can’t help but laugh. LOL

I know I said that I liked the story, so why giving it only 4 stars? Well, I’ll tell you: The first one is that it is more on talking, only little dialogs, and I’m a kind of person who loves to read dialogues. So there was some part of the book that I skipped just to get to the dialogue part. And the second one, which I am very annoyed of, was the words used by the author. I know you’re already tired of hearing this from me, but I would say this again, the word used in a story is what makes that story great for me. I can’t recall how many times I’d stumble on my Merriam Dictionary. I’ve been reading the ebook edition of this story, so going from the ebook reader to the dictionary app makes me understand the story less than expected.

This is actually my first book from the author, Gayle Forman, and I would say that she got my attention. This is a cliff hanger story and I am dying to read the second book. And I think stalking a little into her other books is what I would do afterwards. ; )

Final thoughts
I know I said that it’s a hearbreaking story, but beware, for it is really a GREAT read. This is a kind of story that would leave you awestruck while at the same time fascinated with Adam and Mia’s pure love for each other.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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