If I Stay (by Gayle Forman) c. 2009

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
c. 2009
[Teen Fiction]
[Electronic Resource (eBook)]
[Electronic Resource (eAudiobook)]

They were just going to take a drive up to visit some friends. That was all. But one morning drive on snow-dusted Oregon roads ends up changing everything and seventeen-year-old Mia finds herself faced with a choice she is not ready to make.

If I Stay is the kind of book that punches you in the gut. It’s the kind of book that you will stay up until 2:00 A. M. to finish, even when you have to wake up early the next day (not that I did this…). It will break your heart. It will make you cry, especially if you happen to finish it at 2:00 A. M.—again, not that I’m speaking from experience. However, even though it’s a sad book, its focus on relationships does give the reader a certain kind of hope.

If you like If I Stay, you might also enjoy Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Whirligig by Paul Fleischman, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. If you like If I Stay, but are looking for a fun read to cheer you up, you might like An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, and Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Brian Lee O’Malley.

Where She Went, the sequel to If I Stay will be released on April 5, 2011.

Pros: A beautifully written heartbreaker of a book that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

Cons: None. Just make sure you have enough Kleenex.

Review by Martha


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