Wednesday, August 4, 2010

If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman
Genre: Teen Fiction
Publication Date: April 9th 2009
Age Range: 12 and up
Pages: 199
Date Scoot Read: August 2010
Source: Hardback Library Book

Scoot's Rating:
10 – Amazing! Loved it. Read it now!

Synopsis (via Goodreads): In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

Scoot’s Review:

This is the first book in a long time that has seriously made me cry. A few have had my eyes tearing up a little, but this one had the tears flowing. The story is excellently written. The writing flows effortlessly, even with frequent transitions between past and current events. This book is filled with moments that make you laugh, smile or burst into tears. Very touching. In addition, I enjoyed reading about a teenager who took pleasure in spending time with her family and who really loved them. So many YA books make parents and siblings out to be the ‘bad guys’ when that is not always the case. It was refreshing. The only downfall (if this counts as a downfall) is the story’s length; it was over too soon! I definitely wanted the story to keep going, but at the same time the author ended it in just the right spot. A very moving book that I highly recommend; just make sure to have the tissues handy!


Cass said...

Glad you enjoyed it so much! :) I'm re-reading it right now, since I just received my own copy of it this week. It's among my favourite books. You should go and buy your own copy of it now! Hehe.

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Sasha Switz said...

This was an amazing book! It made me cry too. :') Books almost never make me cry. But it made me cry in a good way. I just really enjoyed it. I can't wait for Where She Went!

Alicia said...

OMG. I absolutely loved this book, too. I was hooked right from the start with the hauntingly gruesome crash. I can't wait to read Where She Went.

natalie said...

I definitely agree with your review this book was so good! Actually it was the first book ever to make me cry, no: sob! Because I liked it so much I forced one of my best buddies to read it, and before he started it he said it's probably not his thing (after all he's a guy xD) but as soon as he started the book he couldn't put it down and now that he's finished he said it's amazing. :)
And just as Sasha and Alicia I can NOT wait to read Where She Went. :)


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