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Review: If I Stay

Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Genre; Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 201 pp
Source: Library

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In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeenyear- 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 fi nds 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.


This book totally took me by surprise. I had read a couple reviews on the internet, thought it might be a good read, so when I saw it in my local library I picked it up. This book completely knocked my socks off... To even imagine going through her situation got me all teary eyed. I loved the flashbacks on her life, how she connects with her parents, the love she has for her little brother. The love her and Adam share.

I couldn't ever imagine having to make the decision to live or die. Live without your parents, your brother. Live with your grandparents, boyfriend, best friend. Or to go to rest. Go to the next life with the people you love most. There's so much to think about. 

The only thing I didn't like about this book was the language. This book is supposed to be for Young Adult/Teen. On the B&N website it says 12 & up. They were dropping the F-bomb, Saying G-D, the B word. I know just about every kid cusses at some point in their life, but I don't think they should have this kind of language in a kids book.

I think I need to stock up in tissue. Here lately I have been getting these amazing books that always get me crying at some point. I think it's awesome that these Authors can get you on that level. Get you so tied up in their story that you feel connected to that character. I can not wait to read Where She Went.


At the end of this book there is an acknowledgments section, Gayle had said she listened to "Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, more than two hundred times while working on the book. So I searched it. It's a pretty amazing song.


  1. What an emotional book! You should definitely read the book that comes next. Where She Went is great, too. :)

  2. I can't wait to read Where She Went! I hope the Library has it.


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