Thursday, January 15, 2015

If I Stay By Gayle Forman: Book Review

Good Morning,

As I have mentioned recently I have been doing a ton of reading and as much as I love reading I love talking about the books that I have been reading just as much. I won't lie the last few books I have been reading have either been the only ones left on my nook, in a folder of ebooks I have in my emails or actual books laying around the apartment that I haven't gotten around too.

I go through phases where I read a lot and than I wont read for awhile, then I only feel like reading certain things but right now I just want to read whatever I have before buying more. Truthfully I am hoping I will have enough books to get my through until we go home again and than I can grab a few while I am there.

Anyways I am rambling, lets get on to the book shall we?

This was actually a book that Mel had given me in the summer, I stuck it on a shelf and totally forgot about it. The other night I picked it up as I was getting in bed because I have also been finding that reading is helping me sleep at night (if I don't stay up all night reading). I read this book in 3 hours and really enjoyed it... that was until I realized at the end there was a sequel that I didn't know about and now I cant find it anywhere online. (For the sequel see: Where She Went by Gayle Forman).

If you are interested here is the overview taken directly from the Goodreads website. 

"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.?

I really enjoyed this book, I liked the way the story was introduced with what seemed to be a total real life family and a very unlikely love story that instantly took a tragic twist. It involves real life decisions, real life realities and tragedies one would hope they will never face. 

The story is told by Mia a teenage girl from a musical family, including her own love of the cello with a younger brother she couldn't love anymore. You are introduced to many aspects of her life and you really get to know her before tragedy hits. For most of the book through a very unexpected state. I appreciated the prospective this narration gave the story and definitely made you think of your own life and the people you surround yourself in and how they may react in certain situations. 

I would definitely recommend this book, I would like to get my hands on the sequel that's for sure. Its a quick read but I am never opposed to that, a book is a great way to escape into another world and another persons life! 

If you are interested in reading more this year and possibly participating in a book club I highly recommend you hop on over to Life of Bon and check out her monthly book club and what they will be reading this year! I really enjoy her blog and although I didn't participate in her book club last year I kept up with it and really enjoyed it!

I hope you are all having a great week!!

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  2. Thank you Cathy! I actually found the book at BJs! Cant wait to read it!