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Sunday, July 24, 2011

If I Stay By Gayle Forman

Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Pages: 196
Published on April 9, 2009 (Originally published January 1, 2009)
Source: Hardcover, Borrowed from Library
Rating: 4.8/5

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...

After day of indulging myself in endlessly playing Doodle Jump, I decided to pick up a book and read.  I didn't imagine this book to be so great, but, in the end, it was. 

It starts off with the narrator and main character, Mia who is a classical music player with her family. It's snowing, so school is out. Sounds great right? But things take a turn for the worst when the family decide to take a trip to visit the family and a truck crashes into their car, leaving her mother and father dead and Mia's condition is critical at the moment. Nothing about her younger brother is said throughout the book. Mia is towed into the hospital and as she everything around her, she thinks about her memories and tries to make a choice,  whether to stay alive or die. . .

This book was written beautifully. It's told through Mia's point of view in the ICU while she is in a coma, from outside of her body. She sees everyone and everything in the hospital as a spirit or some-sort, but we know she isn't dead.  On the back of the book, it says, "Similar to The Lovely Bones.."  which I sensed, but not entirely because we know Susie is dead in that book. When I read this book, it made me think of Stranger with My Face by Lois Duncan when the young girl was using astral projection to lift her spirit from her body as she slept.

It was a graceful and haunting read which I enjoyed, but one thing I didn't enjoy was when it said she felt different because her family had blonde hair and blue eyes while she had dark hair and dark eye, it felt like kind of a cliche.  Overall, I loved it, but that little cliche kept it from a 5. 

Favorite Lines: "She must be doing a good job because I don't appear to feel anything , even though they're yanking at my body. It's rough and messy work, nothing like the game Operation we use to play as kids where you had to be careful  not to touch the sides as  you removed a bone or the buzzer would go off."


  1. This has been on my reading list for a while. I'm badly wanting to check it out! Thanks so much for checking out my blog!

    A Written Rhapsody

  2. It's really good you should read it and no problem.:D


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