If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Released: April 2009
There are some books that capture my attention so much (or touch me so deeply) that I walk around in a daze for hours after reading. If I Stay is one of those books, so I decided to write my essay about it. I carried a bittersweet feeling all day. Bitter because Mia’s struggle was so sad, and sweet because of the love her friends and family showed toward her. I could feel these emotions rising off the page, and they stuck to me, and rode around with me for a while (sorry for getting corny, but the book is just that amazing!).
Gayle Forman’s writing is so wonderful. The moments between Mia and her loved ones were so tender, and the flashbacks perfectly diffused the tense situation. Best of all was the relationship between Mia and Adam. Though they weren’t absolutely perfect, it was obvious that they loved each other deeply and they belonged together. Gayle Forman wrote their love so well that I believed it. It was developed through the flashbacks, and supported through Adam’s visiting Mia in the hospital (an especially fun moment in the book).
All the characters in If I Stay were fully fleshed out and loveable. There wasn’t one character that I didn’t like. Mia’s parents (and their friends, her “rock family”) were the coolest. They loved her and supported her even though she was different. I absolutely love it when YA protagonists get awesome parents. They suffer enough already; they deserve to have a nice family!
If you haven’t already read If I Stay, I highly recommend that you do. It is a beautiful piece of YA literature, and you will carry its touching story with you long after you finish reading. I’m really looking forward to reading the next part of Mia’s story in Where She Went!
I fell in love with the characters, the setting, and the story immediately.
If you’re looking for a book to put you right on the edge of your seat, it is a perfect choice. It will win over the hearts of all readers with its creative concept, lovable characters, and thrilling storyline.
At the moment I am thinking about what to read next, do you have any ideas, guys?
Have any of you read it, guys? Don’t hesitate to share your opinion in the comments below!