Review: If I Stay

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

Publication date: April 2nd 2009

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Number of pages: 201

Series: If I Stay (1#)

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: Borrowed. This is my honest opinion.


 Goodreads synopsis:

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 got to stay with this book, I’d be pretty happy. But nope. I just HAD to borrow it. Like I just had to go and put in a request for the sequel. You hear me?

In the theme of If I Stay, I’m going to be really cool and do some flashbacks to when I was reading. The flashbacks will be in italics.

I pick up the book and study the cover. I then proceed to open the cover and gaze appreciatively at the glossy pages with the shards. Cool. I begin reading and am immediately absorbed –emphasis on immediately! Sorry, back to the flashback — I am happily reading along about a happy, quirky, loving family…and then it happens. Yes, it happens.

Yep, I had to read that part a couple of times. Why, you ask? Because Gayle Forman has this writing style that is so absorbing that you forget what you have read on the back cover. It’s THAT absorbing. One can’t even begin to talk up her writing enough. It’s beautiful and captivating.

My eyes are glued to the page and my heart melts as Adam does something completely swoon-worthy yet again.

Adam is amazing. Amazing. Indescribably so. And yet I wouldn’t dream of taking him away from Mia. They were just so perfect together.

I reach page 200. 33 pages to go. Um time to put off reading.

Yeah, I really didn’t want to finish this. Plus I was nervous about Mia’s final decision.

Just finished the book. *Logs on to library website* Andddd the second book is requested.

Do you I recommend this book? YESYESYESYES

Plus apparently there is a movie that’s going to come out. Count me in.

 5/5 comets!
Bye, bye Earth. Out of this world!

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 Goodreads author bio:

Gayle FormanOnce upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a journalist who specialized in reporting on young people and social-justice issues. Which is a fancy way of saying I reported on all the ways that young people get treated like crap—and overcome! I started out working for Seventeen magazine, writing the kinds of articles that people (i.e. adults) never believe that Seventeen ran (on everything from child soldiers in Sierra Leone to migrant teen farm workers in the U.S.). Later on, I became a freelance journalist, writing for magazines like Details, Jane, Glamour, The Nation, Elle, Budget Travel, and Cosmopolitan.

In 2002, I went traveling for a year around the world with my husband, Nick. I spent time hanging out with some pretty interesting people, a third sex (we’d probably call them transvestites here) in Tonga, Tolkien-obsessed, role-playing punks in Kazakhstan (bonus points to those of you who can find Kazakhstan on a map), working class hip-hop stars in Tanzania. The result of that year was my first book, a travel memoir called You Can’t Get There From Here: A Year On the Fringes of a Shrinking World. You can read about my trip and see pictures of it here.

What do you do when you get back home after traveling the globe for a whole year? First, you get disproportionately excited by the little comforts in life: Not having to look at a map to get everywhere? Yay! Being able to drink coffee without getting dressed and schlepping to a café first? Bliss! Then, if you’re 32 years old and have been with your husband for evah, you have a kid. Which we did. Presto, Willa!

So, there I was. With a baby. And all of a sudden I couldn’t do the kind of gallivanty reporting I’d done before. Well, you know how they say in life when one door closes another opens? In my case, the door came clear off the frame. Because I discovered that I could take the most amazing journeys of my life without ever having to leave my desk. It was all in my head. In stories I could make up. And the people I wanted to take these fantastical journeys with, they all happened to be between the ages of 12 and 20. I don’t know why. These are just the people who beckon me. And I go where I’m told.

My first young-adult novel, Sisters in Sanity, was based on another one of those social justice articles I wrote when for Seventeen and you can click here to read the article. Sisters was published in 2007. My next book, If I Stay, was published in April of 2009 by Dutton. It is also being published in 30 countries around the world, which is surreal. The sequel/companion book to If I Stay, Where She Went, comes out in April 2011. I am currently working on a new YA novel, that is, when my kids (plural, after Willa we adopted Denbele from Ethiopia) allow me to. And after that book is finished, I’ll write another, and another….

Wow. This is crazy long. I suppose the short version of this bio could simply read: My name is Gayle Forman and I love to write young-adult novels. Because I do. So thank you for reading them. Because without you, it’d just be me. And the voices in my head.

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.


7 thoughts on “Review: If I Stay

  1. jenspenden says:

    This is one of my favorites books! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  2. I read this recently. I wasn’t blown away by it but I did like it. The second one is on my TBR 🙂

  3. Lovely review! I thought the writing for this book was absolutely amazing, something about it didn’t draw me enough though. Maybe it was all the hype lol.

  4. This one is definitely out of this world. I read it in one sitting because I just couldn’t stop. :)) I even read the sequel right away. I was able to finish the whole series in one morning. XD I’m so glad that I was able to get both books before I started reading it. I cannot imagine having to wait for the sequel.

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