If I Stay by Gayle Forman


My latest review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.
If I Stay was a book that I was excited to read, however I feel that it was a disappointment. Don't get me wrong, it was poignant and romantic, and near the end it did keep me on the edge of my seat, but really, I couldn't help but feel like something was missing while reading it.
First let me start with what I liked about it. Switching from Mia's past and present really helped develop the characters, as well as fill in the blanks. What I mean by that is, the book began in a way where you didn't know much about any of the characters, but the backstory was expertly told in a way that wasn't boring or unnecessary. Learning more about Mia's past started to turn her into a real person. 

Whenever I start a book, I always see the protagonist as a 2D person, that is only liked with a bunch of words...however, as I move to the middle and end of the book, the character becomes more three-dimensional, and instead of being just words, the character turns into a real person, with organs and thoughts and feelings. This is what Forman did.

However, I felt almost empty when I read it. The storyline was so intriguing, I'm not going to lie, but the dialogue and character interactions seemed a little unreal to me, and I couldn't connect with any of the characters except for Mia (I guess). 

The story seemed to go on and on, and I really thought there were areas of the book that could have been taken out. All in all, the book was satisfactory.


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- Tyra x

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