Tuesday, April 26, 2011

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay
By: Gayle Forman
Source: Purchased E-book
Released: April 9, 2009
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"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." (Summary from ifistay.com)

Gayle Forman's If I Stay is the powerful story of Mia whose whole life changes in an instant when the car she is in with her parents and little brother gets into an accident. Mia is watching over her own body as she is taken to the hospital and the rest of her family and friends wait to hear if she will survive. Mia is faced with a difficult decision does she stay to live her life or should she leave to join her parents and brother.

If I Stay is a heartbreaking and captivating story of survival and love. Forman's writing is beautiful and the plot flows effortlessly between Mia's past memories and the present. Mia's past memories provide a deeper insight into her life with her family, friends, and boyfriend. Mia holds onto her memories as she struggles to make her decision on whether or not she will live or die. She also watches as her grandparents, best friend, and boyfriend sit at her hospital bedside and talk to her. Mia is a strong and loving character and her story will stay with you even after you finish reading it. I am already looking forward to beginning the sequel, Where She Went.

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