Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Review: If I Stay - Gayle Forman

Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay
Publisher: Dutton Books (Member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.)
Release Date: April 9, 2009
Pages: 196
Read in: 2 days

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make -and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

A Teenager's Perspective:

If I Stay, is truly a heartwarming story that readers never forget. Mia gets into a terrible car accident and is then trapped into a coma. She has an “out of body” experience where she watches as her family gathers around her in the hospital and what happens to her. Mia has to make an extremely tough decision – wake up and endure a life of excruciating pain or fade away and die. What will Mia choose?

We were literally in tears about twenty pages into the book. This book was so moving and inspiring because Mia really had to go through many hardships as she watched her family and friends gather around her to make her choice – life or death. All the time, we were hoping for Mia to cling to her life even if her life wouldn’t be the same as her old life was. Mia’s character was very relatable to us because she had the same insecurities about fitting in with her family and friends like most teens do.

Adam and Mia’s relationship was loving and complicated. We felt so sorry and sympathetic for Adam because he was devastated about Mia’s situation. They had such different personalities that it made their relationship interesting and complex. Rebellious rocker boy matched with quiet classical-playing musician.
The one thing that really stood out to us was how the author used music as a major theme in the book. If you don’t read this book, something is wrong with you. This is an amazing, awe-inspiring, and stirring story that will touch your heart.

Don’t forget to read the sequel Where She Went!



  1. "If I Stay" by Gayle Forman is about a girl who is in an accident with her family. She's in a limbo, almost, where she's outside of her body and she has to decide if she's going to leave and die or stay with her body and live on even though nothing is the same anymore. It has what's current woven with flashbacks to complete the story.

  2. I loved this book when I first read it and I've been meaning to pick up the sequel for a while now. I guess I should get around to it soon! :)

  3. France: Hey France lol, you remind us of that other person from the UK. Email us @ characterizedbookblog@gmail.com Anyways, If I Stay was a really intense novel. We really liked it, and we agree. (Sort of like a limbo/ in-between state.) Clearly you read th book, lol. What would you have rated it?

    Nikki-ann: We still haven't read the sequel "Where She Went." It keeps getting pushed back on our TBR(to be read) list, but we will read it, lol. We're determined to. Yes, we will. Maybe we can compare, after we've read it?