About “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman

I am starting to notice patterns in in my choices of readings. This is yet another book I read because of the trailer. The trailer for the movie adaptation was, indeed, very well done. The entire thing was cut to “Say Something” by A Great Big World and let me tell you that it tore me up. I was hooked and needed to read the book before the movie came out. Again, found it at my local book store and devoured the book.

This story follows a cello playing seventeen-year-old named Mia. Dealing with the future, her boyfriend, and her kick-ass parents, makes for an interesting story. In the midst of it all, her parents, younger brother, and herself end up in a bad car accident. After which, flashing between the past and her present and Mia must make a choice that will change her life forever.

This book had me in tears from the get go. I knew what to expect watching the trailer for the movie, but I was not prepared for it all. Forman is an exceptional writer, who uses music references and well-developed characters to move the story forward. The writing is beautifully set up. If you look at my book there are several pages written on (pause for gasp from anti-page-markers).

Forman’s ability to jump back and forth in time seamlessly and in a well-orginized manner made this book flow amazingly. I highly reccomend, if you have not already,read this book. This is a great YA Drama/Romance novel for everyone to read. Let me know how you felt about the book and one of your favorite musical references in the comment section.

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The author: http://gayleforman.com/


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