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If I Stay [Paperback]

Gayle Forman
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Book Description

13 May 2010

Life can change in an instant.

A cold February morning . . . a snowy road . . . and suddenly all of Mia's choices are gone. Except one.

As alone as she'll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.

Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you've lost - and all that might be.


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (13 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552775452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552775458
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Reminiscent of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - this is a beautiful book that will move you and make you question your own life" (News of the World)

"This sensitively written story of the power of love and loss presses all the right buttons . . . the intensity of feelings and tragic suddenness with which life changes will strike a chord with teenagers and the young at heart. Read it, as they say, and weep" (Daily Mail)

"This is a wonderful, beautiful book; so gripping, so wise and oh, so heart-breakingly painful" (Carmen Reid)

"It reminded me very much of The Lovely Bones. I found it uplifting and satisfying" (Anne Cassidy)

"This is a haunting and heartbreaking novel reminiscent of The Lovely Bones . . . Impossible to put down" (The Bookseller)

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A gripping, haunting novel in the bestselling tradition of The Lovely Bones.

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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 10 April 2009
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Mia has a lot to love in life. She is a cellist who could be on her way to Julliard. She has a wonderful, loving, and supportive family. And she has a boyfriend who is perfect. But as wonderful as Mia's life is, she has choices to make. Should she go to Julliard and leave everyone behind?

When a terrible accident occurs, Mia suddenly finds herself with only one choice left - should she stay?

This book is just WOW! Do not read this in public because this one will bring tears to your eyes - I'm warning you! That doesn't mean it doesn't have humor though, because there were many times I found myself laughing out loud. This is an intense story that will not only appeal to teens, but have a lot of crossover adult appeal, as well.

Gayle Forman does an excellent job going from Mia's present to Mia's past and drawing the reader in so they truly understand her love for the cello, her family, and Adam, her boyfriend. As I was reading, I felt like I really got to know Mia and her family and found myself grieving along with Mia - the writing is just that powerful.

IF I STAY is a short read, but it packs so much in and I wanted to savor every moment. At times I found myself reading slower and drinking in the words because I didn't want the story to end.

The story centers around music: Mia with her cello, Adam with his band, and Mia's dad being a drummer, and Gayle Forman's writing felt lyrical. She was able to capture music and put it into a book. I don't know how to describe it, but it was like I was reading a song - hopefully that makes sense! Music is such an important part of the book, Gayle Forman has included a playlist for the book on her website. I loved checking out the songs that went along with the story and listening to them when Mia did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I Stay 6 Oct 2009
By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I have a feeling that If I Stay may be one of those books that sells millions of copies, wins numerous awards, and inspires people to pick up a pen and tell a story of their own.

It starts off with a lighthearted chapter that showcases the close relationship Mia shares with her Mum, Dad and younger brother Teddy. I instantly fell in love with these four characters, as they reminded me very much of my own parents and sister: happy, fun, and more like friends than family. However, by page eleven, the tone of the book shifts, and everything has changed.

Mia is left staring at her broken body, while her family lie sprawled around her. She finds herself in a kind of limbo, a limbo where she can see, hear and touch, but can't feel anything. From here she must make the difficult decision of staying on Earth and living, or dying and hopefully seeing her family again. This has to be one of the most difficult decisions anyone could ever be faced with, and I applaud Gayle Forman for writing about it so eloquently and vividly.

I loved how the past was interweaved with the present, as this allowed us to get a glimpse into Mia's life before the accident, and to really get to know her. Mia is a strong and appealing character, and one which I think a lot of people will identify with. I also have to mention Adam, Mia's boyfriend. He's caring, thoughtful and the kind of person that we should all get to meet at some point or another. In fact, I think he might be my favourite part of the whole book.

'Just Listen', Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

The above sentence is one of my favourites. To imagine that anyone's voice could sound like shrapnel has to be one of the most effective ways to describe someone dealing with unimaginable grief and fear.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a pleasure to read. 9 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is story for all who love to weep unashamedly at a film. It made me consider whether if living were so hard and all I cared for were lost, would I still want to live? The pages whizzed by and my emotions were heightened at the end by the turn of the narrative. A wonderful read for teenage girls with a box of tissues.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A three-hanky teen+ read 16 Jun 2009
By Annabel Gaskell VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I came to this novel knowing nothing at all about the plot other than it was a family drama; but I had read several recommendations of this novel from respected sources. They all said that it was a book best encountered fresh, that knowing would spoil the enjoyment of reading it.

I concur wholeheartedly. This is a fantastic book about love, loss and decisions which made me well up with tears repeatedly. Written for teens (there are adult themes), it charts the story of Mia, a young cellist, her musical family and rocker boyfriend - you'll fall in love with all of them. Set in Oregon, their story is picked out in flashback over the course of a couple of days.

That's all I can say about the story without spoiling it. It's short enough to be read in one session. It will appeal to fans of Jodie Picoult's family dilemma dramas, but it's way, way better. A brilliant three-hanky novel.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 20 July 2009
By Dot
Format:Hardcover
The book revolves around 17 year old Mia, she has a loving family; great friends and a boyfriend who she truly loves. Mia has decisions to make about her future; she is a talented cellist and there is the possibility that she will have won a place to study at Julliard in New York, leaving her life in Oregon behind. However, Mia's choices are vastly compromised by a cold February morning and a snowy road; she is left having to face an even harder decision all on her own.
I don't want to give the story away in my review but I do want to stress that I thought that this book was amazing. I literally couldn't put it down, I read it in one ago as I was totally absorbed into the story and the characters. I think that it is possibly one of the best young adult books that I have ever read; so many sensitive subjects are explored to their very limits. I loved how Gayle Forman painted the picture of Mia's relationship with her parents and also her boyfriend Adam. By building this up gradually the reader is left knowing how hard it is for Mia to make her decision at the end of the book. Ultimately this is a tale of love and loss; it really does make you take a step back and realise just how lucky we all are and how many things we take for granted every single day.
This review in no way does this book justice; there is so much that I would like to talk about further but I think that I would end up giving the story away. Gayle Forman has a wonderful website which probably describes the book in a much better way then I have; I thought If I Stay was a wonderful book though and I'm still thinking about it days after finishing the last page.
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Published 12 hours ago by Jo Rushton
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Excellent book, will be watching the film
Published 15 hours ago by Lucy Croll
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If I stay is all about a teenage girl called mia, a keen cello player who has auditioned for Juilliard, the famous music college, and is waiting to hear whether she has been... Read more
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I wasn't very impressed with this book at all. I just couldn't really get into and didn't feel a connection with the character.
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I really enjoyed reading this book as it was really emotional. The story line was good and the fact that it was set both in the past and the present made it able to relate to Mia... Read more
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Read it in 2 days. Loved it.
Published 6 days ago by Amanda Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Although the print is fine, the page edges are marked and discolored...
Although the print is fine, the page edges are marked and discolored which gives it a used not new look.
Published 6 days ago by Doyler
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Could not put it down. Easy reading and you are eager to know what happens. A good read for teenagers and adults.
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