If I Stay (If I Stay #1)
written by Gayle Forman
published by Speak, 2009
Mia is stuck between life and death. As she tries to figure out if she should stay, we learn about her life and the people who mean the most to her. I liked the switches between the past and present. They were seamless. Oftentimes, for me, abrupt changes disrupt the flow and readability, but that wasn’t the case here. Mia’s life is played out in front of us in memories. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want her to pull through, you’ll understand if she decides to let go. I loved Adam. He was a great match for her. I loved her parents. Hip, cool, rockers. I loved that Mia played the cello. I could hear it playing in my mind as I read the book. I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll just say that it was a great read and I’ve already started the sequel.
Would I recommend it: I would. It was a good read that will tug at your heartstrings.
About the book – from Goodreads: The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, and Just One Year.
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. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family.
Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.