Book Review: If I Stay



If I Stay

Gayle Forman

Goodreads Summary:

A critically acclaimed novel that will change the way you look at life, love, and family.

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, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.

My Thoughts:

I love books that have something “new” about them, or a different or unusual perspective.  It’s one of the reasons I loved the Book Thief so much – I loved that Death was the narrator.  This book was interesting because for the majority of the time, the narrator was “outside” her body looking at herself in a coma.  The book alternated between what she was seeing happening in “real time” and flashbacks to give us more information on the characters and her choice to decide whether to live or not.  It’s short, so it’s a quick read, but compelling and interesting and all of the things.


Would I recommend this to fellow book lovers?  Yes.
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter?  Yes.


4.5 of 5 stars.

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