Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release Date: April 9th, 2009
In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces - to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. .
If I Stay was a beautiful, devastatingly heart-breaking and emotionally draining read for me. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of contemporary books, this one will forever have a special place in my heart <3
Told through Mia's perspective, while in a comatose state, we watch as her human form struggles to survive after the tragic car accident, while also learning about the important events from her life. There is a switch between present time and the past, from her memories, in which Mia reminiscences her love with Adam, the loving family she had, her valuable relationship with her best friend, and of course, the passion she had for music.
Watching Adam and Kim struggling to come to terms with what has happened to their loved one, was so heartbreaking yet heartwarming as well. From the moment they entered the hospital, you could feel their intense emotions of distraught and fear but most of all, love. How can someone write such a raw and gritting story, where I, as the reader felt exactly the same powerful feelings of desperation and loss as the characters themselves?
If I Stay is quite a fast-paced book, and I devoured it in one sitting. The prose was so beautiful, managing to successfully capture and convey the emotions from deep inside the character's heart. For me, it was definitely a flawless piece of work, and I could not have asked for anything better!
Forman has written a powerfully emotional story, filled with heart-break, love and the ultimate choice of whether to let go. This will take you on heart-wrenching journey, where it's impossible to not be affected in some way after reading this. Please don't give this up (like I did a few years back!); it is truly worth your time! But be prepared to shed some tears and have some tissues at hand. Highly recommended to EVERYONE!