Book Reviews

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Mia is seventeen and loved by her crazy family, her sweet grandparents, her quirky best friend and her budding rock star boyfriend. She has her heart set on music, her cello, and possibly attending Juilliard after high school. Everything looks promising. Everything feels right and happy. 

Until that one fateful, snowy day that changes her life forever.

The story is narrated by Mia, in a sort of out-of-body experience, while she watches herself lying unconscious on the hospital bed with all the scary-looking tubes attached. She witnesses how the people dearest to her come to terms with the tragedy. They tell her how much they love her, how they will understand if she decides to go, and how they will be there for her every step of the way if she decides to stay.

Of course I was an utter mess by the end of the book. I loved it, and I didn’t expect to be all emotional about it. It left my heart aching and grieving as well. I felt the loss and the devastation and the love and the happiness. It’s a simple, quiet but incredibly moving book. Make sure you have your tissues ready.



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