Thursday, June 18, 2009

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay book cover
The wonderful Lenore loved this book, and the cover and title are simply irresistible to me. In fact, this may be my favorite book cover in a long time.

Mia's life is going well and her future looks bright. She has a steady boyfriend she is crazy in love with, incredibly cool and supportive parents she actually likes to spend time with, and a very strong possibility of getting into Julliard. Then one day, her family takes a day trip to visit some friends, and in a second everything changes.

Now Mia is somewhere between life and death and she must decide...will she choose life?

If I Stay is the story of a girl's life. It's a story told in the strands of each significant relationship woven around her fight to survive. It's about life and love and it's tender fragile nature, about the beautiful moments that make us human, and the people that give our lives meaning.

There were lots of little reasons for me to like this book. I liked that Mia plays the cello since I also had a brief stint with the cello and still love the way it sounds. I loved the passion for music on every page and I liked the sometimes Brit speak.

And I cried. I started crying almost right away even though the book isn't necessarily about sorrow or sadness. Truly this book is a celebration of life. It's beautifully written, you want to turn the pages, because you want to know Mia and the people who filled her life. You want to know if this serious gifted girl will choose to fight for what she has left, if she'll choose to stay.

I think there was recently an article in some big newspaper or online news source that lumped this book together with some other YA books as being dark, but this book isn't dark it's a ray of hope and light in the darkness.

Rating: 4.75/5
Things You Might Want to Know: um some teen sex though tastefully done and a bit of strong language.

If I Stay is published by Dutton Children's and available everywhere now.




Amy

16 comments:

Meghan said...

Amy, you make this book sound fantastic! I've added it to my wishlist, I really want to read it now.

Lenore said...

Oh man Amy! Just reading your review made tears spring into my eyes remembering this beautiful, touching novel.

Nicole said...

Amy this is a wonderful review! Makes me want to run right out and get the book, and I really, really don't need to do that.

bermudaonion said...

Your review has convinced me that I need to read this book!

Deborah said...

I remember seeing this book in EW.com and the reviewer dissed it b/c she said it had been touted as the next twilight....but it's no twilight. even though it's a completely different genre and everything. iand she called it fluff. it was one of the worse reviews ever.

Julie P. said...

I so want to read this one now!

S. Krishna said...

What an amazing review! I had to cancel my hold on this book at the library because I was at 10 or so, which means the hold will come in while I'm in the UK. Maybe I'll see if it's available for my e-reader...

Nely said...

I recently read this and loved it as well. And I agree, there was nothing dark about this book. Fantastic review.

Tara said...

I really want to read this now! Great review Amy!

TexasRed said...

This sounds great!

Michelle said...

Amy, I just finished reading this book as well and I agree, I didn't find it dark in the least. Sure the overall subject is sad and I wouldn't go out and call it happy but I mostly envision "dark" as evil or violent in some capacity and this book definitely was not. It was heartbreaking and emotional and touching. Sad to be sure. But not dark.

I enjoyed it too.

Melanie said...

Out of curiosity, is it a normal occurance for you to cry when reading a book? I've heard many things about this book. I'm definitely putting this one on my wishlist.

Melody said...

I've read a lot of good reviews about this one! I've this book in my pile so it looks like I'll have to move this up! ;)

Staci said...

Amy,
Your review was absolutely beautiful. Lenore's review of this book is what made me read it too!! I loved it..one of my favorite reads of 2009. Dark? no way...hopeful most definitely!!

thekoolaidmom said...

I've had this book on my BM and PBS wishlists for months, but no one seems to want to give theirs up! I may have to break down and buy it... lol. I haven't seen it at Walmart yet (my only choice for buying new books... sucks), but I look for it everytime.

I enjoyed reading your review :-)

Carrie K. said...

Great review - you reminded me of all the things I loved about this book!

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