Tuesday

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

On a wet, cold and snowy morning 17 year old Mia decides to take a ride with her parents and younger brother to visit family and friends. It’s a Snow Day for them and they’ve decided to make the best out of this impromptu day off. They jump in their car and head off... in the blink of an eye, Mia is standing by the side of the road watching as her injured body is being pulled out of the wreckage. As she travels in this state, between life and death, she watches as her body is transported and treated for injuries, as her family and friends all gather in the hospital, and as she makes the toughest decision she’ll probably ever make... should she stay?

To be honest, I can’t gush enough about this book. I found it to be unputdownable. I fell in love with Mia, her family, friends and her boyfriend, Adam. The underlying importance of music was also very moving. I loved how the characters express their feelings toward music and how music affects them as a being. The characters are very well-developed and you can’t help but fall in love with them all, from the trendy punk parents to the hipster teens. Mia’s memories are like a family photo album full of snapshots of happy times.

This book is about friendship, family, love, life and the tough decisions we are faced with in order to have these things. It is a well-written and well-formulated story which makes you think long after you've turned the last page. There were times where I laughed and some where I cried, and although it wrenches the heart, it definitely is not one to be missed.

Getting some insider info on the book - I just read that Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) will direct the movie. That’s definitely something I’ll be looking forward to. If it’s even half as good as the book was it’ll be worth the time to go see it.

9 comments:

Michelle said...

I've heard such amazing things about this book, I have to read it.

Thanks for the review! :D

BellsforStacy said...

And adding it to the TBR. Thanks! :)

Dar said...

I already wanted to read this novel and you just clinched it for me Nely. Wonderful review!

Jess said...

This book is getting alot of blogger love -- thanks for the great review.

Nymeth said...

I love strong characterization, good writing, and to be honest most of the YA I read. So this definitely sounds like a book for me.

Teddyree said...

Absolutely loved your review, I'm getting this one based on your 'gushing', I'm sure I won't be sorry!

Lenore said...

One of my favorites this year! And I was so freaking excited to meet Gayle by chance in Books of Wonder and tell her in person how much it meant to me.

Veens said...

ohh i wish, I could get this one :)

Michelle said...

Thanks for the comments. I purchased this book last weekend and I'm very much looking forward to reading it. Even more so now that I know that music plays an influential role.

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