“If I Stay” by Gayle Forman Spoiler Free Book-Talk

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Title: If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman

Page Count: 234

Published: April 2, 2009

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Movie Adaptation: August 22, 2014


If I Stay follows 17 year old Mia, a girl in her senior year of high school; a cellist who has applied and auditioned to Juilliard.  Her life changes in a flash as she gets into a tragic car accident with her family on a snow day. In her comatose state, she must decide if she wants to keep fighting and live or give in and die.

My Thoughts:

Without getting into any spoilers, this book is absolutely heart-wrenching. I have read If I Stay previously when I was in middle school, but I did not fully appreciate the story at the time. The story flows effortlessly and is perfect for getting out of a reading slump. There are scenes that make you laugh, many scenes that will make you cry, and even some dark humor. The plot feels raw and relatable as it is an unfortunate situation that anybody could find themselves in. I’m glad I picked this book up again as it was eye-opening for me. I think it is good to have a reality check every now and then about how fragile and precious life is. I already own a copy of the sequel Where She Went that I cannot wait to dive in to.

The 2014 movie adaptation is amazing as well. I was fortunate enough to have seen it in theaters when it first came out. Every character was perfectly casted and the musical scenes were perfect. 

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