Saturday, December 31, 2011

If I Stay By Gale Forman

17 year old Mia and her family go for a ride on a snowy morning. One minute Mia is listening to Beethoven’s Cello Sonata no. 3 and the next she’s standing out of the car looking at her dead parents and her crushed body. Mia follows her body to the hospital and learns she’s in a coma but still can see and hear those around her. Mia finds out she can decide whether to live or die. Will Mia choose dead or will she keep wondering what if I stay?

When I first read about this book I was a little hesitant to read it because it sounded too sad. But then I started reading good reviews and I had to read it. Let me tell you, this book does not disappoint. I have this obsession with knowing what page I’m on when I’m reading a book (I check every five minutes). I started reading If I Stay and last time I checked I was on page 10 , I swear five minutes past and I was on page 50 ( well to me it felt like 5 minutes). It’s such an easy read and beautiful story that I didn’t realize the time going by. I truly didn’t want this book to end. 

You get to know Mia’s family and you feel her pain for losing them, but at the same time you start to love them. The author takes you back to when Mia and Adam met and how their relationship develops. This story is not about death but of remembering the best moments of your life around those you love and lost, and never letting those memories go. It’s about choices, family and amazing friends.

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