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If I Stay

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Blurb from Goodreads:

The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, and Just One Year.
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.

If I Stay

My review:

I’ve heard such good things about this book. And as I read it, I knew I was meant to be crying. But it wasn’t until the very end that I felt anything at all.
Mia was a bit bland to me. She loved her cello, Adam, and her family. But that was it. She had no life outside of that. She talked about her family like it was some revolutionary thing she loved them so much. But don’t most people? Especially after they’ve all been in such a serious car accident. Some of her memories with Adam were cute, but he seemed a lot more devoted to her than she was to him.
Despite the book being so short, it felt a bit draggy. To me, there was no choice. She had so many people there who loved her and needed her, and she considered leaving? She worried that, depending on his fate, Teddy would have no future. What about her? It was so hypocritical, not that she cared.
Despite all that, I stuck with it. And it was worth it for those last 10 pages. I didn’t realise how strongly I felt for Adam until he said what he said and I started to cry. That was the only time I felt anything close to pain in that book, and I wanted to be sadder than I was. But it was still a heartbreaking (and brilliant) ending. Sequel here I come!



I was a book blogger for a while, and I now blog about every little thing in life I can think of. Bear with me while I try all these new posts out... I'm a New Zealand teen who gets angry about the world (but not angry enough for tumblr). I like to capture the world through photos and words, and read in all the moments in nz-squadbetween. I have an overwhelming desire to see every corner of the world I possibly can, and hug the people I love in all those corners. I can't do make up to save myself, and you're more likely to find me buying matching stationary than matching clothes. My nerd hobbies include a new found love of the Avengers, reading YA, watching Game of Thrones, How I Met Your Mother, and every vlogger I can find, and being the last person on the music bandwagons. I have big plans for the rest of my life, including university, teaching, travelling, and having an army of puppies. I plan to blog every second of it!

6 thoughts on “If I Stay

  1. I heard mixed things and I’m actually more interested in reading the second book than the first one lol. Some people I always relate to in books prefered it to the first book so I hope you do to.
    Have you seen the movie?
    Lovely thoughts 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!


  2. If you like Adam’s character better, I definitely think you’ll like the second book – although it sounds as if you’re already not liking Mia, and that will probably make it worse.

    I loved both books, but definitely prefer Where She Went 🙂


    1. I can handle not liking Mia, as long as it is mostly about Adam, which is what I’ve heard 🙂 I’ll post a review as soon as I’ve read it, so hopefully I do like Where She Went better!


  3. It’s a shame you didn’t like the beginning as much and that you found Mia bland. But it looks like the ending has encouraged you enough to keep reading :3 I am going to be trying this series out soon so that I can watch the movie. Great review ^^


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