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Title: If I stay (If I stay #1)

Author: Gayle Forman

Release Date: April 16, 2010

Publisher: Speak

Genre: Science Fiction / Young Adult / Paranormal Romance / Realistic Fiction

Pages: 272

ISBN: 9780142415436

Summary (from Goodreads):

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces – to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.

 

My review:

SPOILER ALERT

Right, so I’m giving this book 5 stars just because of it’s well-crafted story line, easy-to-love characters and it made me cry. Yes, you have read that right, I cried while reading this. I’m such a baby but hey, it really is a sad story. To lose people whom you lived your whole life with comes with excruciating pain, a broken heart and crushed hope. And if I will be in Mia’s state, I’ll also be having a hard time choosing where to go, if I’ll choose to die with my parents and little brother, whom I have been with since forever or to stay with my other beloved people, such as my boyfriend, my best friend, my grandparents etc? It is a hard choice, indeed. If only you can turn back time and never make that accident happen so that you wouldn’t really have to choose. It is a hard choice.

I love Mia’s character. I love how she’s quiet and mysterious and just there. She isn’t the school cheer-leading captain type but she’s more of the school’s grand-orchestra member. I love how she’s a cellist and how she has a different taste of music compared to her mom and dad and boyfriend. I love how she’s given a chance to see herself and to decide whether to live or leave. It is hard, to be given such choice but it is also a blessing. Not everyone who is dying are given the same chance, yeah? So I love the idea that you can still choose whether to hold on or to surrender.

I love Mia’s family, her cool dad, her courageous and blunt mom, her mature- thinking brother. They’re all there for her. They are the perfect family. And I love Adam. He’s so… I don’t know, perfect? For a boyfriend, I mean. Like he’s always there for her. Everybody is always there for Mia. She’s got everything. I love how Adam celebrates Halloween and Christmas with them. I love how he is persistent to see Mia when the nurse on duty tells him that only immediate family members are allowed. I love how he loves Mia.He is even willing to break up with her when she comes back to life, if that is what she wanted because he knows that it would never be the same for her, again, ever. He just wanted her to live and while he knows that she’s doing great in Julliard then he’ll be fine. I love how he can sacrifice their relationship and just be content in seeing her happy. He is totally the perfect boyfriend.

I love how Gayle Forman wrote this book, in a narrative, story-telling way. I love the story, the characters, the morals in it. I love everything about this book and so I say that I love you, Ms. Gayle Forman LOL Thanks for writing this book. Thanks for inventing these characters. Thanks for helping me realize that there’s so much to life than having it all. Thanks for making me cry. I am totally going to read “Where She Went” now. I want to know what happens next. And I also have read that this book is being turned into a movie. I don’t know if I’d be happy or mad but I just hope that they don’t ruin this good book. I do not particularly like books that are turned into movies. They tend to destroy, alter, change the story. Oh well, let us just hope for the best.

I have read this for two days and here I am, stuck in thinking about it. I even recommended it to my mom LOL The story wouldn’t go off my mind. I love it too much!