Review ~ If I Stay by Gayle Forman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a short story with interesting narrative. It was different, and the plot felt unique. I know it’s been done before but not this way.
It was sad and gut wrenching and had me tied up in knots so many times. I teared up several times while listening.
There’s romance, a young love, and strong family values. So, what happens when you lose it all? Or if you had the chance to lose yourself? Music also plays a big part in the story and the way Mia can play just gave me chills. It was described so well. And that’s what got me … the descriptions were incredible. I felt every emotion and saw every description.
I enjoyed this story, but felt that it was too short. Like it was a novel cut into two pieces, because there’s a sequel that is equally short. And that for me was a bit of a turn off.
I’m nervous about the sequel, but I need to know what happens. 🙂 So, here I go.
Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.
I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.
Stay, he says.
Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?
Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.
If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.