Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman


Oh my goodness.  I don’t know what I can possibly say about this book that hasn’t been said a hundred times already.  I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book.  Why, Lauren, why??  I seriously cannot wait to get home tonight so that I can get started on Where She Went.  Oh, and Brandon dear, if you’re reading this – can we please, please watch the movie this weekend?  I will make the popcorn and provide cuddles if you say yes.

What I liked

The romance.  I found the relationship between Mia and Adam to be so unlike the “typical” teenage romance.  I feel like if I had read this as a teenager, I would have spent the rest of my years crushing on Adam.  He’s just amazing in so many ways.  First, he’s into some great tunes.  Secondly, he’s such a gentleman.  I mean, come on, he and Mia have unsupervised time in her room, and we all know what every other red-blooded male teenager would do.  But no, Adam and Mia have this incredibly sweet moment where they “play” each other like instruments.  Kudos to Gayle Forman for making this moment so hot and sweet at the same time.

Okay, so at first, I didn’t like how jarring the accident was.  We’re getting a glimpse into an ordinary day for this family, and the story is just moving along, flowing so nicely.  And then all of a sudden, BAM.  You’re hit with this horrific thing.  But the more I thought about it, I think that’s exactly how it would happen in real life.  Accidents hit you out of nowhere, and there is no preparation for them.

What I didn’t like

Can I say that it ended too soon?  And left my mouth hanging open?  I mean, this book is the epitome of why I never read books when the series hasn’t been finished yet.  If I had had to wait more than a mere 24 hours to get my grubby little hands on Where She Went, I just don’t know what I would have done with myself.  Gayle Forman herself may have had to take out a restraining order on me.

Would I recommend it?

Yes, a hundred times, yes!  I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.  But not unless you have easy access to Where She Went immediately after.

Also, can I just say I wish I was part of a book group, because this is exactly the kind of book that makes you want to have a group of people to talk about it with afterward.


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