Tuesday, May 4, 2010

If I Stay by Gayle Forman


If I Stay

What if you had everything:

A gorgeous boyfriend who was madly in love with you?
Quirky hip parents who totally got you?
A musical talent that could take you anywhere?
What if your biggest problem in life was choosing which path to take?
Follow your first love--music-- to New York City?
Or stay with your boyfriend, friends, and family?


What if one day, you went out for a drive...

And in an instant everything changed?

What if suddenly all the other choices were gone?

Except for one--the only one that truly mattered?

What would you do?

A sophisticated, layered, and heart achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands. Summit Entertainment has rights to 'If I Stay' for the movie.
First thing: why is this book being compared to Twilight? Gayle Forman's writing is amazing and poetic, not at all like Stephenie's. Also, the story, the plot, EVERYTHING, is completely different. Jeez, I'm just so tired of people comparing EVERY SINGLE love story to Twilight. Ah, rant done.

Mia has everything and loses everything in a blink of an eye. Her story is raw and real and it's definitely heart braking. Many people have said that Mia seems distant but I feel this was necessary. She was looking at everything from the outside and she was in a limbo that she couldn't understand.

I love how the story had flashbacks. I especially loved Mia's parents. When you see them through flashbacks, you want to cry because the realization that they (SPOILER) are gone (END SPOILER) is tragic.

Adam is sweet and real. God, I want a boyfriend like him.

I also loved how the story took place in 24 hours. It made me anxious to see what was going to happen last but since I knew that the decision was going to be probably the last page, I kept myself from reading it (I usually read the last page of the book first). One of my friend only read the last page and she had goosebumps.

I wasn't expecting it. That last page, God, it is to die for. So unexpected and so beautifully described...I couldn't keep my tears at bay.

In one sentence:
"Like nothing you've read before: tragic and hopeful at the same time."

Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Writing: 5
Cover: 5 (I just LOOOVE this cover).
Overall Feeling: 5
Average: 5

8 comments:

Book Crazy Jenn said...

Beautiful review, I loved If I Stay in so many ways!

salarsenッ said...

Wow. So need to read this now. Thanks.

Lisa Marie Miles said...

I just bought this book and it's on my list (after Twenty Boy Summer and Fade). Now I can't wait!

Lauren said...

Great review! I didn't realise that the storyline of this one all takes place within 24 hours, but that definitely interests me.

Emidy said...

Wow, this sounds so amazing. I love that cover, too! I've got to read it.

brizmus said...

I've been looking for a book that will make me just sob and sob, and it sounds like this might be it.
Great review!

Chas @ LLL said...

Hopefully I will get to read this one!=)

Sara said...

Aww really amazing review! I just read this and I loved it too. I agree that Adam was amazing. And I had no idea that this was being compared to Twilight- that's crazy!

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