Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Speak (imprint of Penguin)
Publish Date: January 1, 2009
Genre: YA, contemporary, paranormal
Series: If I Stay
1. If I Stay
2. Where She Went (April 5, 2011)
*Read for book club.
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, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
I read this book last summer and gave it 1 out or 5 stars on Goodreads. I realize that this book got TONS of positive feedback and I feel kinda weird being one of the ones who wasn’t crazy about it. That’s never me. So this year, I read it for book club. I was thinking that maybe my feelings would change after rereading it. I suppose it did. I moved the rating up from 1 star (didn’t like it) to 2 (it was ok).
To be honest, I just didn’t think this book was anything special. The story itself was heartbreaking, yes, but other than that, it didn’t do anything for me. If you’ve read it, you’re probably thinking I’m crazy. The first time I read this book, I was so irritated reading to the end because I just wanted to finish it to know what Mia’s choice was. This time, I was able to pay more attention to the incorporation of music in the story, and Mia’s life overall.
I liked Teddy, Mia’s little brother, and Adam, her boyfriend. The parts of the story with Teddy made me feel emotional, whether it was Mia’s memory or her present. I also really loved Adam. His raw emotion in the story was impossible to miss or feel. Yes, Mia was in a difficult position, one I never in my entire life hope to be in, but something about Adam and his love for Mia just took hold of my heart. He is the one reason I want to read the sequel, Where She Went, because it’s told from Adam’s point of view, years after the accident. I won’t tell you more about it than that, for fear of spoilers.
The vast majority of people who read this book loved it rather than hated it. I guess for once, I’m in the minority.