Wednesday, April 14, 2010

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Genre: audiobook, young adult, death
FTC Disclosure: library
Published: 2009
Pages: NA, audiobook
Content: PG-13 for language
Reading Challenges: 2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge

Wow! This was an amazing book. I loved it...I'd give it a 4.5 if they let me.

Gayle Forman combines wit, love, humor, anger, fun etc into her short book. Mia looks back upon her life, in an out-of-body experience, deciding whether or not to stay with her friends and family or to leave and be with her parents and her younger brother...they were all tragically killed in a car accident. She watches her own body, bruised and beaten and lifeless while her boyfriend, best friend, and grandparents talk to her and let her know how much they love her. She reflects upon her life with her parents and brother, how they have changed her life, her boyfriend Adam, her friend Kim.

Forman weaves it all together fantastically. It's an amazing story and one that will stay with me for a long time.

The audiobook was excellent. The voice of Mia was an wonderful actress. The only thing I didn't like about the setup were the long disc chapters, not conducive to remembering where you're at/bookmarking.

Rating: 4/5


  1. I listened to this on audio too and really liked it. I think I may have given it a 4 too :)

  2. Interesting concept. I think it would be very difficult to come back. I guess I will have to read it to find out what she decided. Hey, my name is in a book.

  3. This sounds great, but I think I'll probably read it on paper as opposed to listening to it.

  4. This sounds like a powerful book. I'll have to add it to my list of books I want to read.

  5. What an interesting theme.
    Thanks for the review.


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  6. Great review!

    Though I would prefer a book, I am adding to my list.

  7. Good review, I really want to read this book too. I'm waiting for the Dutch translation, so I can borrow it at the library! :)

  8. Sounds interesting. I need to look this one up in paperback.


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