Book reviews

If I Stay (Book Review)

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Welcome to my book review of If I Stay” by Gayle Forman

If I Stay is a young adult contemporary. This is the first book in the duology by Gayle Forman. Mia Hall, seventeen year old, gets a snow day. A surprising day off with her little brother and wonderful parents. Deciding to go for a drive and arguing over what music to listen to like a normal day, a car crashed into theirs. Mia realizes her parents are dead … she doesn’t know if her brother is alive or now. She’s watching everything, including herself. No one can see what she’s doing nor can they hear what she says. She has a choice, to stay alive or die, as she floats in this out of body state.

Rating this book is really hard. Part of me really wants to say 5 and the other part wants to say a 4 … so I’m going to “cheat” and rate this one a 4.5 star. Gayle Forman wrote this book beautifully and I actually wanted to cry in various parts of this. For me, that’s very unusual. To get that extent of a reaction from me, something has to have been done right. I’m not sure if it’s the extent she want with the “out-of-body experience” that dropped the rating or what. However, I loved the perspective swap of the time stamp for present and the past memories giving us some context to the story. Gayle Forman did an amazing job at keeping in panic though. She didn’t down play any panic Mia should have had.

If I Stay also has a movie adaptation that I have not seen.



Have you read If I Stay” by Gayle Forman? Have you seen the movie? What did you think of either of them? Let me know if the comments below!


In the meantime, keep calm and stay epic,