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If I Stay (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Gayle Forman

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Title:If I Stay
Authors:Gayle Forman
Info:Speak (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:*****
Tags:Fiction

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman (2009)

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Gayle Forman's use of the first person perspective on the ever contemplative question of "what happens next?" Is truly astounding. I found myself wrapped up in the characters' lives, loves, and losses. The internal struggle that Mia deals with is an all too familiar one, and Forman hands this idea over to the reader as they make it their own. We'll done. ( )
  LauraS. | Aug 27, 2014 |
This was a tearjerker, worthy of a few tissues! ( )
  asomers | Aug 25, 2014 |
This is a beautiful story about a teenage girl who loses her entire family in a tragic car accident. She literally watches herself being taken into the ICU, her remaining relatives and friends gathering around her and it becomes clear that she must make a choice. Should she stay or go? Dotted within the story are her memories of her family, her best friend and her musician boyfriend who is fighting to see her, to save her. I was most affected by the fact that she finds out that her brother did not survive and prayed that the angels went to look after him so that he wasn't alone and left her to deal with this herself. A lovely story that proves that teenage stories do not have to be about vampires to have impact. ( )
  Erin.Patel | Aug 22, 2014 |
This is a beautiful story about a teenage girl who loses her entire family in a tragic car accident. She literally watches herself being taken into the ICU, her remaining relatives and friends gathering around her and it becomes clear that she must make a choice. Should she stay or go? Dotted within the story are her memories of her family, her best friend and her musician boyfriend who is fighting to see her, to save her. I was most affected by the fact that she finds out that her brother did not survive and prayed that the angels went to look after him so that he wasn't alone and left her to deal with this herself. A lovely story that proves that teenage stories do not have to be about vampires to have impact. ( )
  Erin.Patel | Aug 22, 2014 |
I often wonder what it is about YA books like this that keeps drawing in adults as well, and with such ease too. Just like Eleanor & Park and The Fault in Our Stars, this book really got to me. The writing styles of the authors are completely different but these books have something major in common - the intensity with which they play on your heartstrings.

For me this was one of those rare occasions in which the emergence of the film on my radar let me to the book. I saw the movie trailer, realized the movie is coming out soon and then made sure that I get to experience the book first. Now I can't wait to start reading Where She Went.

Though I was warned about potential crying (and I am passing on that warning: prepare a good supply of tissues), in the case of If I Stay it didn't really hit me until the last third of the book. Of course, incredibly "conveniently" it happened in a packed waiting room while I was waiting for a doctor's appointment. Since I didn't cry up until that point I figured it was safe to continue reading and productively use the time I spent waiting. Next thing I know, I'm holding my iPad at an awkward angle, trying to hide my face (and not traumatize the kids in the waiting room) and simultaneously wipe away the incriminating evidence. Of course, not continuing to read it did not even occur to me.

It's a quick, extremely engaging read. And I dare you not to fall in love with Mia's family. ( )
  anais_nin | Aug 20, 2014 |
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If you want a story that really grabs at your heart this is perfect. Mia is a teenager who plays cello which comes almost natural to her. She even auditioned for Julliard . I really should have read this one at a better time than on a road trip. Considering the first chapter puts you right into a horrific car crash after a great morning with her family trying to decide what to do on their snow day. When I grabed this book I kind of just scimmed through it not really knowing what I was really in store for. During the car crash scene I had to stop several times because of the gore and pain I felt reading this. Of course I don't think it help stoping either for a while because every time my husband had to change lanes i was cringing inside, I'm just glad it wasn't snowing. I had to get back into the story because I just had to know what was going to happen to Mia.
The parnormal effect in this book was perfect, She was an apparition standing in the whole time looking over her life from the outside looking in. She was in a coma and heard everything but was unable to do anything. She had to decide whether to go with her family she lost or stay with the ones left be hide. Every character in this story I loved from the quite grandfather to the punk rocker boyfriend. I loved the flash backs of her family they made the book even more enjoyable. This story had me on the verge of tears several times. I was begging Mia to just stay the whole time. If this happen to me I think I would have a really hard time choosing. I will be reading this one over and over again!
 
Via Mia's thoughts and flashbacks, Forman (Sisters in Sanity) expertly explores the teenager's life, her passion for classical music and her strong relationships with her family, friends and boyfriend, Adam. Mia's singular perspective (which will recall Alice Sebold's adult novel, The Lovely Bones) also allows for powerful portraits of her friends and family as they cope: Please don't die. If you die, there's going to be one of those cheesy Princess Diana memorials at school, prays Mia's friend Kim. I know you'd hate that kind of thing. Intensely moving, the novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living.
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On a day that started like any other… Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the one decision she has left—the most important decision she’ll ever make. Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.
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An Interview with Gayle Forman

Q: You started your career as a journalist and your first book is a travelogue about going around the world. Is YA literature a departure for you?

Gayle Forman: Actually, it’s more of a homecoming. My first writing job was at Seventeen, where I spent five years on staff and as a contributor reporting the magazine’s social-issues stories. I loved writing for teens then because—contrary to popular opinion—they really care about serious issues (from child soldiers in Africa to kids embroiled in the drug war here) and the engage in their reading with such passion. So, now that I’m writing young-adult literature, it feels like I’ve come full circle.

Q: This book explores some serious themes. Why is this a book for kids and not adults?

GF: It’s a book for kids precisely because it explores serious themes. Teenagers are grappling with choices about life and love as much as adults, so why shouldn’t their reading reflect that? I don’t set out to write YA. It just seems like I’m drawn to stories about young people. That said, I think If I Stay is for adults, too. I love the idea of teens reading this book and then handing it off to their parents.

Q: Many key characters are serious musicians, and songs are referenced throughout the book. Are you a musician?

GF: No. Except for piano lessons when I was a kid and a brief spate of guitar playing in my teens, I’ve never played an instrument. I am, however, a huge music fan. And my husband is a musician; he was playing in a punk band when we met, so I’ve spent a lot of my life ensconced in that scene. I seem drawn to writing about musicians, though I’ve never been all that interested in the cello until Mia popped into my head.

Q: What inspired you to write this book?

GF: Music. Oregon. People I have loved. And unfortunately, the book is inspired by a real-life tragedy that happened several years ago.

Q: This is a book about death, but it’s not depressing. Why is that?

GF: Maybe because it’s really about the power of love—of family, friends, music—and therefore it ultimately affirms life.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:47:57 -0400)

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While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

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