If I Stay – book review

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay is the heart-achingly beautiful book, written by Gayle Forman.

Seventeen year-old Mia is lucky to have one of the coolest families around and the kind of perfect boyfriend that seems to only exist in fiction. As a talented cellist, Mia has always wanted to be accepted into Julliard, a prestigious music school. But the decision Mia has to make isn’t an easy one. She has to decide to go to Julliard and peruse her cellist dreams, or stay with her family and her boyfriend Adam and follow her heart. With both choices brings gaining something and losing something. But then one terrible morning changes everything. Mia is once again forced to ask herself a question – should I go, or should I stay?

I loved reading If I Stay. I was a little sceptical about how this book could keep my interest for the whole time I was reading it, but it did it with ease. The characters were the main reason for why I loved this book so much. They were all so vibrant and utterly compelling to read about. Their stories and their lives captured me and I loved reading about Mia and Adam’s relationship. It’s rare that I enjoy reading a lot of flashbacks, but this was definitely a time that I did. I absolutely loved reading about what happened before the accident. My favourite parts of the book were the flashbacks to Adam and Mia. I loved learning the story of their relationship and it was beautiful to see how close they were.
If I Stay is such a beautifully written, character-driven novel. From a glance, this book is about a girl choosing between life and death. With each unfolding event, Mia debates as to whether it would be worth staying and dealing with the pain and loss of what has happened, or whether it would be simply easier to die. But this book is so much more than that. The story is so emotional and had me tearing up on multiple occasions. I felt incredibly connected to all of the characters and I loved spending time with all of them. I completely loved reading If I Stay by Gayle Forman and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. I definitely recommend reading it!

7 thoughts on “If I Stay – book review

  1. I love this book. Interestingly though, I didn’t really care about Adam or their relationship, I wish the story had just focused 100% on her immediate family. The scene with her grandad broke my heart but I loved it. I hate that the trailer for the film makes it look all about the boyfriend affecting her choice to stay or go. meh.

    • That’s interesting to know 🙂 I agree, the scene with her grandad was heartbreaking. I’m really looking forward to seeing the movie. Personally, Adam and Mia are one of my favourite book couples. There’s just something about them both that I love. I’m glad you liked this book as much as I did!

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