Saturday, March 12, 2011
Review: If I Stay
Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
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 (ifistay.com).
Please explain to me why I wait so long to read books. I've had this one on my shelf for a little over a year. Back when I had all the time in the world to read, and still it took me until now to pick it up. But I must say, I am glad I finally did.
In a single word, this book is beautiful. It's beautifully written in a way that will catch your attention and will stick with you. I found myself completely engulfed in the pages, staying up way past my bed time to finish. I couldn't get enough of it. The words just seemed to flow off the pages, creating this amazing story that I sunk into.
I don't want to say much about the actual story because I don't want to ruin it for those readers who have yet to pick it up. The twists and turns of this book hit you right in the face, like a head on collision. I don't want to rob anyone of that. This book is so powerful and intense, it left me shaking. As I closed the last page, I just sat, thinking of all that I had read wondering what I would have done had I had to make such a huge choice. Would I have made the right one?
This book is a rollercoaster. I suggest a comfy chair, a long afternoon, and a box of tissues when reading!!