Despite the general hype about this book, I had my reservations because I had gone into The Lovely Bones with similar optimism and been highly disappointed by a story that never really took off and was simply drab and boring After reading the goodreads description for this, I imagined something of the same and could only hope I wouldn t have a repeat performance.To be honest, if you re looking for fast paced adventure and a really gripping plot then I m not sure this book is for you Gayle Forman uses subtleties and beautiful writing to tell her story in a deeply emotional and moving way She creates wonderful moments from the most simplistic things as playing cello or going to a concert or the protagonist spending time with her grandfather Where The Lovely Bones was a book about death, If I Stay is very much a book about life and how the small things we overlook are so important Forman creates the sense that life is always worth living, even when it seems that your whole world is falling apart if you have nothing else, you still have a friend who d risk their life for you Still think your life isn t worth living when someone would disagree to such an extent The many different relationships in the book are told in varied but equally moving ways The author shows the intricate relationship between mother and daughter, father and daughter, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren, boyfriend and girlfriend, and just that of a person s closest friend Mia, a shy cello player from Oregon with only one close friend, is shown in this book to have a life full of love and things to be grateful for I found it truly inspiring and heartwarming I will be reading the sequel, without a doubt. I played the violin for five years and the viola for three It is the piano that only lasted for one year My older brother and I began our lessons together when I was nine My brother was a smart kid, but he didn t know it then It didn t help that his little sister was extremely competitive, precocious and bratty I think he always believed he didn t have much going for him but boy he has it where it counts.Back then I thought I was so much smarter than him, and taking up the piano was another chance for me to prove that Unlike my brother, who had never played an instrument before, I could sight play and was already studied in the necessary music theory aspects from the violin.And, in form, I was better than him For a while Effectively speaking, I always was always going to be better at him in the technical arena But he was better where it counted When it came to the heart of the music, bringing a piece alive and making it beautiful I was completely outclassed I played like a robot and he played with his soul.This book makes me regret that now than I ve ever regretted it before in my life If I Stay is a beautifully written, character driven novel about a girl choosing between life and death It was also one of the best narrated audiobooks I have ever listened to Mia s body is in ICU and she is waiting to die As the events from her car crash unfold, she examines her relationships with everyone to determine whether or not it s worth staying or dying peacefully from her crash.There were parts of this novel that had me weeping, my heart aching and my chest pounding with emotion Mia s voice, her relationships, her struggles and her pain are so brilliantly related to the audience.The writing isn t perfect There are some parts that could have been a little polished Some paragraphs that probably needed another edit However, the technical writing aspects are far and above overcompensated by the heart and soul of this novel.This novel is like Mia s Cello It is beautiful, resounding and emotional Just as Mia can play Adam like her instrument, so too can Forman play her audience strumming all the high and low notes with perfect, breathtaking clarity Without a doubt, Forman has it where it counts. Librarian Note An Alternate Cover For This Edition Can Be Found Here Just Listen, Adam Says With A Voice That Sounds Like ShrapnelI Open My Eyes Wide NowI Sit Up As Much As I CanAnd I ListenStay, He SaysChoices 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 4.5 stars There is something comforting in that To go down as a family No one left behind. I m not.I m not crying. Why would I be If I stay is only one of the most endearing stories I ve ever readNo reason to sob quitely while writing a review You probably all know what happens A car accident A car accident that took Mia, her brother and her parents lives away Only Mia stayed as a ghost, a lifeless body She s hurt She s weak She doesn t want to leave everyone she cares about, but how much easier it d be for her to just let go I edge closer and now I know that it s not Teddy lying there It s me The blood from my chest has seeped through my shirt, skirt, and sweater, and is now pooling like paint drops on the virgin snow.This book is beyond beautiful It s heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time You ll laugh, you ll smile but you will cry or drop a tear now and then Tears because you won t be able to believe your eyes at how poignant this is And how it is a story you ll cherish forever In my heart, If I Stay will always have a special place.It makes you wish you d played the cello as our Mia exquisitely does That s at least true for me, and that is how much these characters and story had an influence on me What I know for sure is that, after reading this book, you ll take a moment to think everything through To think about your life and how it isn t easy but that, when you re surrounded by people you love, it s, somehow, easier to cross over all those obstacles life puts you through.Mia sure is constantly sharing wonderful memories with us, but what is so impressive is that the author subtly included a message in each of them A message to think about This is the kind of book I wished everyone with a soul would read and see its irrevocably originality and very pleasant and peaceful atmosphere I realize now that dying is easy Living is hard.What I unfortunately didn t like as much as I hoped to is the author s writing style I read raving reviews saying how amazing the writing is but, I didn t quite see its amazingness as most people have I guess It is well written, of course, with a perfect atmosphere fitting the story and all the emotions of the characters, but so are many many other books I ve read Nothing special on that part for me, sadly That is the reason I couldn t give this book five stars, but it is the one and only Everything else was perfect.BD Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin I was actually quite shocked to find that this book did not even make me shed one tear Weird, huh Unless you count tears of boredom Other people THIS BOOK OMG THE FEELS I M SOBBING UNCONTROLLABLY Me Wait where was the part where I was supposed to cry Despite what you re probably thinking, I did not base this review on whether or not I would cry I gave it two stars because it did not affect me in any way Rather, it bored me Other than the fact that I was bored to tears, I had several major issues with If I Stay.For one, I failed to empathize with a vast majority of the characters The connection just wasn t there, slightly contributing to my disliking of this book Identifying with characters is extremely important for me as a reader, especially with these types of books I did not appreciate Mia s emotionless voice which I know was deliberate on the author s part because it did not fit this sort of story The characters in this book were much too perfect It was palpable from that first view spoiler and only hide spoiler 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 WHY I DROPPED IT I didn t like the book I just thought it was completely useless Nothing was really sad except times where Mia had to choose between staying going, etc And the plot didn t hold my attention mainly because there wasn t much of a plot in first place.I was a little reluctant to admit I didn t like it in first place Mainly because so many people loved it, I felt as if I was bursting their bubble But as time moves forward, a lot of people didn t like it either So I m not alone.But before you completely screech at me for not liking such a brilliant book, I have my reasons Mia is too dull for my liking Sure, she likes music and it s supposed to set her apart from the rest of the world Nuh ah It doesn t work like that She s as ordinary simple as possible There isn t much of a plot Just a girl wondering if she d rather die or stay Maybe for a lot of you, it s a wonderful plot Not for me Sorry, but recounting isn t my thing Which brings me to the third point This story is the wrong story which is being written As a writer, I worship the rule, If you have to add a lot of back story to make your book understandable, then you re telling the wrong story I agree This book is just memories stringed together Maybe I m the only one who has a problem with this, if so, forgive me But I really, really didn t like this Oh and as for Adam, I didn t like him much either He seemed the usual dark type And one of the things I really hate in romance, is when I can t see why the boy and the girl fall for each other I do understand they both have the passion for music, but so many other people do rant over Comment all you like My mind s not going to change Sorry. dear, oh dear this gave me majorbefore i fallflashbacks, which was one of the most disappointing books i read this year this isnt as terrible as that, but i definitely have come to realise the whole teen dies but given second chance trope is just not for me which is a shame because there is a lot to be said for the messages and lessons taught within that kind of story but for this book in particular, it actually isnt the plot that bothers me the most although it does, a little its the constant switching between the present moment at the hospital and flashbacks to the past only because i was invested in what happened to mia after the accident and what was going on at the hospital, so the flashbacks to random points in her life distracted me from that i appreciate that they are used for character development, but i often found myself skimming forward to the present day sections on a different note, i actually really enjoyed the ending and i thought it was well done i quickly read the synopsis for the sequel and it honestly sounds a million times interesting than this book so i will definitely be picking that up, as it sounds much like my kind of story 3 stars If I Stay If I Stay 1 , Gayle FormanIf I Stay is a young adult novel by Gayle Forman published in 2009 The story follows 17 year old Mia Hall as she deals with the aftermath of a catastrophic car accident involving her family Mia is the only member of her family to survive, and she finds herself in a coma Through this coma, however, Mia has an out of body experience Through this, she is able to watch the actions around her, as friends and family gather at the hospital where she is being treated We follow Mia s stories and the unfolding of her life through a series of flashbacks Mia finds herself stuck between two worlds the world of the living, and the world of those who have moved on Mia realizes that she must use her past and her relationships to make a decision for her future Her options are to stay with her grandparents and the love of her life, Adam, or to move on and avoid the pain of living without her mother, father, and little brother 2014 1391 206 9789645668899 1393 204 9789644083587 My impression It was good Not fantastic, but okay Decent Tolerable But I m a bit irritated with this book right now, because it is one of those books that has been ridiculously overrated Yeah, it was sad But not devastating Not heart wrenching.This book was fine, but I honestly think that if I had read the first chapter and then read the last chapter I wouldn t have missed much Yes, her parents were both beautiful people who will be missed And I have to admit the whole story of he brother s life and death tugged at my heartstrings But at the end of the book, I found myself feeling bored than anything This book wasn t new, or original, or groundbreaking It was a way for me to kill time while I waited for my Mom to pick me up from school I ve seen stuff like this novel a million times before, and most of them were a lot sad Sorry Forman, but I m not impressed EDIT Guys, I wrote this review in 2010 Do you seriously feel the need to continue commenting on this, when I ve been messaged by die hard fans and fellow haters alike, had to answer every possible argument for or against it, and been criticized for daring to write a less than glowing review on a website whoseliteral purposeis to review, critique, gush about, and condemn books Are you honestly that rilled up by a negative opinion If I Stay just isn t that great My tastes have changed quite a bit since I read it, and I stand by my opinion Why do you care Why are you still whining about it when a simple read through of the comments will show that I ve already addressed your specific complaint Go away Write your own glowing review Watch the movie version coming up which also looks terrible, but what do I know Go Leave I don t care I do not careI don t caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaare This book could have been great, but it was almost embarrassing to read at times I know that sounds pretty mean, but c mon.I can appreciate any novel that mentions Kathleen Hannah and Courtney Love in positive context it also earns points for being set near Portland , but I can t respect a novel that is full of cliches, unrealistic characters, and CHEESE I almost had to stop reading when one character played the other character s body like a guitar , and I actually did stop reading for awhile when the girl brought out her damn cello bow and started running it along her boyfriend s body Seriously Would this ever really happen I know this is fantasy, but the author doesn t write it like it is supposed to be a dream.The parents were the worst part of the book for me They were the parents absolutely every teenager in the Western world wishes that they had cool, young, know music, laidback, had wild young adulthoods, act like teenagers, and are just so damn awesome it hurts There really is no happy medium in teen fiction parents are either antagonists or sidekicks these days.The premise was a great one being able to choose between life or death And it could ve been awesome But this book was sadly not awesome, it was poorly written and cheesy.
Award winning author and journalist Gayle Forman has written several bestselling novels for young adults, including the Just One Series, I Was Here, Where She Went and the 1 New York Times bestseller If I Stay, which has been translated into than 40 languages and in 2014 was adapted into a major motion picture Gayle published Leave Me, her first novel starring adults in 2016 and her latest
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- If I Stay
- Gayle Forman
- 13 August 2018 Gayle Forman