"Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. ...And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything."
~ Edward Cullen
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!!