Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Publishing Information: 2009 by the Penguin Group
This is the first novel by Gayle Forman that I have read, and I really enjoyed it. I don’t normally read YA books these days, but this one was really well written and easy to follow along. I borrowed it from my local library the other day, it was just sitting there and I had seen it around the book community so I thought that I would give it a go..
if i stay is a book about family, love, loss and friendship. Mia is a seventeen-year-old girl who, along with her family – mum, dad and younger brother – are involved in a bad car accident. Mia thinks that she has survived the accident easily, until she discovers that she has somehow become separate from her body and is watching the events unfold in front of her, as an outsider. She sees that her parents have both died from the impact and that her younger brother Teddy is badly injured, so is she. When the ambulance arrives she jumps in the back with her body and goes along to the hospital watching on.
Eventually she makes it into the ICU of the hospital where she sits and waits. She watches as her Grandparents and other family members are sitting in the waiting room, hoping for a miracle. She takes the reader through memories of her life, with her parents, her brother, grandparents, best friend Kim and also her boyfriend Adam. all the while, trying to decide whether she should stay in the land of the living without her family, or she should go.
I really liked this book in the sense that it gave us ‘flashbacks’ of her best memories, but they weren’t random, they tied in perfectly to the story at hand and the decision that Mia needed to make.
I was in a book slump when I began reading this one, but once I broke out, it only took me a couple of sittings to finish. I will be getting the next book in the series as soon as I can.
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