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Book Review for ‘If I Stay’ by Gayle Forman

God, I loved this short little book. I loved everything about If I Stay: the strong musical influence, the way the writing takes you through Mia’s struggle and indecision as though it’s your own struggle and indecision. The fact that the accident is loosely based on a real-life story. . . .

I loved this book.

I had seen this novel in the bookstore so many times, and had passed it up for so long. The synopsis doesn’t do this book justice. I regret not reading this sooner.

The love story between Mia and Adam was described beautifully. And I’ve become super picky with romance, become tired of the overly-cheesy couples. Sure, Adam and Mia had a couple of moments some would consider cheesy (like when Adam asks Mia to “play me like a cello”), but I personally liked that. I liked it because Gayle Forman was clever to weave their musical background even into their romance. She kept her characters true to themselves.

I adore Adam. I love that he’s a musician; I love that he’s so sweet to Mia; I love that Mia can trust him, despite his ever-growing popularity with girls as his band —Shooting Star—starts to make a name for themselves.

The end of If I stay—for me, anyway—was quite unexpected. I won’t spoil it, but I truly thought she was going to decide differently. And when I saw the name of the second book, Where She Went, I was certain I knew what her ultimate decision was. But I was wrong. So the surprise was nice.

Who would I recommend this book to?

Anyone who loves a bittersweet story with tragedy and love and indecision woven through it. Anyone who is looking for a quick read that is almost impossible to put down.

Happy reading!

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