Book: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Date Published: April 2nd, 2009
Source: Purchased Book
Date Started: March 3rd, 2014
Date Finished: March 4th, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: Where She Went, Just One Day, Just One Year, I Was Here
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.
I have been dying to read this book, and I finally did it! I bought this book like almost two years ago at a thrift store, and I never got around to reading it. I even read two of Gayle Forman’s newer books, Just One Day and Just One Year before I read this. I finally decided to take the plunge because I had borrowed the sequel, Where She Went, from the library, and its due soon. I decided, “It Is Time.” In the style of Rafiki. I think this is the part where I go running through the savannah.
Alright, lets get off the Lion King tangent. I had no idea what to expect when I read this. All I knew of the book was that its about a girl named Mia who is in a terrible car accident with her family and she had to make the decision if she wants to move on and be with her family or stay put and live the rest of her life. Which, that is basically the book. Its really short, but its also beautiful at the same time. The story will make your heart ache, but you’ll smile with Mia as well when she goes through her fondest memories of her life with her family, and with Adam, her boyfriend. There is a romantic aspect to the book, but its not so overbearing and cheesy. I was afraid of that because sometimes when it comes to death, things can get a bit cheesy.
I found that I liked Just One Day much more than If I Stay. I think its because I found Just One Day to be more relatable to me than If I Stay. But thats not to say that I didn’t find anything to relate to in If I Stay. It actually brought up strange memories for me. I had an unexpected surgery a while back in which I had some complications, but it was nowhere near the life or death situation that Mia was in. Maybe it was just the whole hospital setting that brought up memories for me. Another reason I liked Just One Day better was the fact that it was longer and had a much more indepth story. I don’t think If I Stay needed a longer story. The timeline fit the story just perfectly. But at a little over 200 pages, I found myself unable to get as connected to the characters as I did with Just One Day.
There is a movie for this book coming out in August! Mia is played by Chloe Grace Moretz, who many of you might recognize from movies like Hugo and Kick Ass 1&2. I haven’t seen a trailer for it yet or a poster or anything. All I’ve seen are a few stills from filming, which you can look up on google or something. Once a trailer is posted, perhaps I’ll post about it. Either way, I’ll keep you posted about it.
Look forward to the sequel Where She Went within the next few days. If it is a quick read like If I Stay, you can expect a review up tomorrow. Until then, enjoy reading!